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BOARD OF GOVEtiNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESEkVE SISTM

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~'«*TOiMEDIATE RELEASE
, December 6, 1 » 5

MONTHLY DEPAuIMEtiT STORE
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OCTOBER 1955

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Department store stocks at the end of
October continued unchanged for the third consecutive month after allowance for the usual
seasonal change. The seasonally adjusted index
for the month is estimated at 129 per cent of
the 1947-49 average, compared with 122 for October
last year m d an average of 126 for the first 10
months of 1955•

Federal Reserve
District

Percentage change
Index Numbers
(average end-of-month stocks 1947-49=100) October 1955 from
Unadjusted
adjusted
Seas onally :
Month
Year
lUUil Ull
1954
1955
1 19ST"
1955
ago
ago
Sept. Oct.
Oct.
Oct. | Sept. Oct.
123
117
125
119

12 U
116
126
118

116
rll6
115
114

139
131
144
133

127
123
132
123

131
rl30
132
128

+ 9
+ 7
+ 9
+ 8

+ 6
+ 1
+ 9

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis

152
pl56
120
129

150
rl56
121
123

rl44
lit2
117
113

168
Pl70
137
145

155
163
127
133

rl59
155
rl34
127

+ 9
+ 5
+ 8
+ 9

+ 6
+10
+ 2
+14

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

125
1U1
lit?
P13U

122
135
146
137

118
rI28
134
rl27

136
152
162
Pi53

128
1U0
155
142

128
rl38
148
144

+
+
+
+

6
8
4
8

+ 6
+10
+10
+ 6

Pl29

129

122

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135

137

+ 7

+ 6

Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland

United States

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p—Preliminary.
—Revised.
Note:—Indexes are based on value of stocks at end of month. For description and
monthly indexes for the period January 1919 to October 1951 see Federal Reserve
Bulletin for December 1951, pp. 1463-1515. Indexes for the most recent
thirteen-month period are shown regularly in the Bulletin. Percentage changes
are based on unadjusted indexes.