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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
H.Sa

FOR BMEDIATE RELEASE
A p r i l 2, 1959.

„
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES

F e d e r a l Reserve
District
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
• Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco
U. S . T o t a l

"Percentage change from corresponding p e r i o d a year ago
(Based on r e t a i l d o l l a r amounts)V
Four weeks
Jan. 1
One week ending
ending
to
Mar. 2b| Mar, 21| Mar. 14[ Mar. 7
March 28
March 28
+ 8
+ 2
+ k
+17

+29
+16
r+35
, r+15

-10
- 7
+ 4
+ 7

0
- 1
+ 2
+ 6

+ 7
+ 2
+10
+12

+ 7
+ k
+10
+ 7

+15
+24
+16
-+20

r+37
+10
+10
+15

+10
+ U
+15
+18

- 1
+ 6
+ 2
+10 •

+15
+10
+11
+16

+12 A
+ 8
+ 9
+11

+12
+17
+24
+26

+14
+17
+12
r+17

+ 9
+19
+12
+18

- 5
+ 7
+ 8
+13

+ 8
+15
+18

+ 7
+13
+11
+14

+16

+17

+ 9

+ 5

+12

+14

JAP-*

U. S. -weekly index, w i t h o u t s e a s o n a l a d j u s t m e n t . 19U7-U9 =100i/
1959
Feb.
Mar.
Mar.
Mar.
Mar.

28
7
Ik
21
28

118
118
124
137
liil

1958
Mar. 1
Mar. 8
Mar. 15
Mar. 22
Mar. 29

107
112
114
117
122

1957
Mar. 2
Mar. 9
Mar. 16
Mar. 23
Mar. 30

106
105
114
121
120

r—Revised.
1 / During March and A p r i l changes from a y e a r ago r e f l e c t i n p a r t t h e f a c t t h a t l a s t
year E a s t e r was on A p r i l 6 while t h i s y e a r i t was on March 29. For t h i s r e a s o n
i t i s e s t i m a t e d t h a t i n comparison w i t h l a s t y e a r an allowance should be made f o r
an i n c r e a s e i n s a l e s of about 2 p e r cent f o r t h e month of March as a whole and a
corresponding decrease f o r t h e month of A p r i l . These allowances apply to t h e
f i g u r e s f o r t h e United S t a t e s .
2 / For d e s c r i p t i o n and weekly indexes f o r t h e p e r i o d January 1937 t o March 1958 see
F e d e r a l Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r A p r i l 1958, p p . 412-421.
"Weekly indexes a t t h e d i s t r i c t and c i t y l e v e l s a r e p u b l i s h e d by s e v e r a l of t h e
F e d e r a l Reserve Banks.