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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 1957
MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE STOCKS
"(Based on retail dollar amounts)

March 1957
y
DMAFUt0.oV
<
CFFRENCE lABR*"' Department store stocks in March were little#,
%/C)
the February level, after allowance fg» t i / H|i/C).
fE.Oc.nA JiG^^QBeasonal change* The adjusted index is estj&aifd "
'a
/
^ at 1UO per cent of the 1947-49 average, compared w i w 2§9
&&>
for February and 135 for March a year ago# On a seasom£$^ '
adjusted basis stocks were about 2 per cent below the pe^-,^.
November-December level.

|

Federal Reserve
District

'Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St* Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco
United States

%

173
166
135
133

171
165
13 b
1U1

159
162
128
333

178
17U
138
mi

133
P1U3
pi55
piU5

13i+
11+2
156
litl

130
1U8
156
rlltl

137
plU7
plU5

plUO

139

135

plUi

P161

Percentage
change Mar,
i
1957 prom
Year
Month
ago
ago
0
+ 7
+11
+ 9
+ U
+ 9
+ h
+ 7

159
163
128
33 I
t

16U
169
130
11*1

+12
+ 6
+ 8
+ 5

+ 8
+ 3
+ 6

129
138

+ 6
+ 7
+ 6
+11

+ 2

130

13U
153
162
11+2

+ 2

132

139

+ 9

4 k
-

152

0

-

h
1

P'—Preliminary*
r—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» 1U63-1515. Indexes for the most recent
thirteen-month period are shown regularly in the Bulletin, Percentage changes
are based on unadjusted indexes#

m

#

Index numbers
(Average end-of-month stocks 19U7-lt9=100)
Unadjusted
Seasonally adjusted
1956
1956
1957
1957
Mar.
Feb.
Mar.
Mar. | Feb.
Mar.
128
121
129
130
127
127
rl29
rl21
132
rl21
rl2l+
135
136
130
UtO
13U
129
13 U
122
122
126
127
127
131




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