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BOARD

OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 1957•

Q.7.U.2
DEPARTMENT STORE STOCKS
tensed on retail dollar amounts)

^

AUGUST 1957
Seasonally adjusted department store stocksQfa^-S^^
August were unchanged from the record level of the pre^QQ
ceding two months. The adjusted index is estimated at 143
per cent of the 1947-49 average, compared with 143 for
June and July and lltl for August a year ago.
r
Federal Reserve
District

-

Index numbers
(Average end-of-month stocks 1947-49=100)
Unadjusted
Seasonally adjusted
1956
1957
1956
Aug.
A U g . | July
Aug.
Aug. r July
•

-

I

9

5

7

-

Percentage
change Aug,
1957 from
Month iear
ago
ago

d^oaton
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland

125
134
142
127

127
136
139
127

132
rl29
135
127

121
131
137
124

115
124
125
117

128
rl26
130
123

+ 5
+ 6
+ 9
+ 6

- 5
+ 4
+ 5
0

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis

168
172
135
135

171
171
138
141

164
166
rl34
136

171
168
131
135

167
160
130
129

167
163
rl30
136

+ a
+ 5
+ 1
+ 4

+
+
+
-

2
3
l
1

135
Pl40
P172
pl56

rI29
141
171
148

132
149
rl62
rl53

131
P139
P170
Pl50

rl25
135
162
146

128
rl47
rl6l
148

+
+
+
4
-

+
+
+

2
6
6
2

Pl43

143

141

pi4o

135

138

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

United States

5
3
5
3

+ 4

+ 2

p—Pre liruinary.
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» 11*63-1515 • Indexes for the most recent
thirteen-month period are shown regularly in the Bulletin. Percentage changes
are based on unadjusted indexes.