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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
G.7.4.2

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November ^ 1 9 5 9 .
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MONTHLY DEPARTMENT STORE STOCKS
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on retail dollar amounts)

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SEPTEMBER 1959
Department store stocks continued to increase in
September and the seasonally adjusted index is estimated to
have reached l6l per cent of the 1947-49 average. This is
1 per cent above the 160 index of August and 7 per cent above
the 150 level of September 1953.

Federal Reserve
District

Percentage
Index numbers
change Sept.
(Average end-of-month stocks 1947-49=100)
Unadjusted
from
Seasonally adjusted
1959 J
Month Year
1958
1959
I 1958
1959
ago ago
Sept.
Sept. 1 Aug, | Sept.
Sept. 1 Aug.
.
148
144
161
139

147
145
162

136

141
rl36
rl52
132

154
151
169
145

143
142
156
130

147
rl43
rl60
137

+ 1
1
- 1
+ 3

+
+
+
+

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis

188
p221
157
147

186
217
159
147

rl?6
198
145
136

194
P230
163
154

181
212
152
145

181
206
151
143

+ 1
+ 2
- 1
0

+ 7
+12
+ 8
+ 8

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

146
pl59
pl82
pl69

148
157
182
165

142
rl56
164
rl59

152
pl64
pl92
Pl76

145
155
182
166

148
rl60
174
rl66

2
+ 1
0
+ 2

+ 2
+ 2
+11
+ 6

pl6l

160

150

pl68

156

157

+ 1

+ 7

Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland

United States

5
6
6
6

r—1Revised,
Lly adjusted indexes.
p—Preliminary.
* Based on seasonal
Note:—Indexes are based on value of stocks at end of month, For description
and monthly indexes for the period January 1947 to October 1957 see Federal
Reserve Bulletin for December 1957, pp. 1323-1352. Indexes prior to 1947
may be obtained from the Division of Research and Statistics. Indexes for
the most recent thirteen-month period are shown regularly in the Bulletin.