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Department

NOT FOR PUBLICATION

SPECIAL 1EEKLY REPORT O DEPARTMENT STORE SALES—UNITED STATES/i^MARY
N
X
5 fgcr
Sales i n s e l e c t e d departments
Percentage change from a y e a r ago
U weeks
One week ending
ending
Mar. 26 IMar. 19|Mar. 12 Mar. 5 Mar. 26

Feb.

1955
Jan.

A p r i l it, 1955

Monthly fead j u s t e d indexes
(191*7-1*9 average monthly s a l e s = 100)
1953
195k
Dec. | Nov.•
Dec. I Nov. | Mar. | Feb. | Jan.

0

+10

+ 8

+23

+ 8

p 76

85

191

128

90

75

60

186

123

F u r n i t u r e and bedding

+ 1

+18

+lit

+33

+1L

pllit

131

109

128

105

109

110

103

121

Domestic f l o o r coverings

+ 1

+15

+16

+37

+13

p 82

89

85

112

76

72

75

81

109

Major appliances

+U5

r+U3

+62

+35

+U5

p 70

75

65

67

66

5U

59

57

65

Radio, phonograph, TV

- 9

- 2

+ 5

+17

+ 1

P 92

107

231

118

107

90

101

225

157

GRAND TOTAL SALES 1 / 2/

|
i
!

Total of U departments 1/
ALL OTHER SALES 1 /

+ 5

+17

+19

+31

+16

' P 95

105

109

113

90

86

89

103

110

0

+ 9

+ 6

+22

+ 7

P 73

82

202

129

90

7U

79

126

125

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
V Monthly indexes f o r t h i s category are not released p u b l i c l y ; they are shown here s o l e l y to permit comparisons with departmental changes.
2/ Figures are based on the abbreviated sample described i n note below and are presented here s o l e l y t o permit comparisons with departmental
"" changes. For weekly movements of t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s , r e f e r to the r e g u l a r weekly s a l e s r e p o r t H.8a (based on about 550 s t o r e s ) .
Note:—Total n a t i o n a l sample i s comprised of some 115 s t o r e s ( v a r i e s s l i g h t l y among departments) of the approximately 350 s t o r e s r e g u l a r l y
r e p o r t i n g monthly departmental f i g u r e s .
During March and A p r i l changes from a year ago r e f l e c t i n p a r t the f a c t t h a t l a s t year Easter was on A p r i l 18 while t h i s year i t w i l l
be on A p r i l 10. For t h i s reason i t i s estimated t h a t i n comparison with l a s t year an allowance should be made f o r an increase i n s a l e s
of about 1| per cent f o r the month of March as a whole and a corresponding decrease f o r the month of April a s a whole. These allowances
apply t o the f i g u r e s f o r t h e United S t a t e s .




CONFIDENTIAL - F. R.

United S t a t e s
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t , Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
5an Francisco

United S t a t e s
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland

SPECIAL WEEKLY REPORT O DEPARTMENT STORE SALES-—SUMMARY B DISTRICTS
N
Y
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
Sales i n Selected Departments
(Percentage change from corresponding period a year ago)
Page 2
Major household appliances
Domestic f l o o r coverings
Furniture and bedding
z* weeks
1 weeks
*
h weeks
One week ending
One week ending
One week ending
ending
ending
ending
Mar. 26 Mar. 19! Mar. 121 Mar. 5 Mar. 26 Mar. 26!Mar. 19!Mar. 121I Mar. 5 Mar. 26 Mar. 26 Mar. 19 Mar. 121 Mar. 5 Mar. 26
+ 35
+ 62
+1*5
+ 1
+16
+13
+ 1*5 r+U3
+11*
+15
+ 1
+18
+11*
+ 37
+33
+ 8
0
+ 2
+ 3
- a
+ 2
+ 2
- 2
- 2
- 1
+19
- 3
-17
- 7
- 5
+1*2
+ 1*2
+116
- 10 r+30
+18
+11
- l
+16
+ 15
+ 6
+36
+25
+30
- 2
+21*
+ 2
+ 26
+ 1*8
+21
+ 8
+10
-18
+ 1
*
+1*6
- 1
*
+ 6
+ 53
-15
- 2
+ 67
+59
+56
+ 52
-18
0
+121*
+ 63
+12
+ 9
+113
+2U
- 2
+13
+ k
- 2
- 1
0
+ 8

+ 5
+22
+17
+18

- 2
+29
+38
+12

+22
+17
+31;
+51*

+ 5
+16
+21
+22

-13
-20
+22
+10

+ 1
*
+21*
+ 1
*
+79

+15
+10
+3U
- 7

+
+
+
+

1*2
13
11
**
22

+ 9
+ 1
*
+25
+23

+ 23
+ 67
+ 36
+198

+73
+53
+22
+96

+ 57
+173
+ 65
+100

+
+
+
+

39
51*
31
31*

+ 23
+23
+ 15
+21
+21
+16
+12
+27
+ 3
+ 33
+52
+15
+22
- 2
+37
+ 96
+83
+ 71
0
+ 26
+**
11
+25
+ 8
+ 69 +109
+32
+2l*
+13
-12
+15
+38
+ 6
+61
+ 36
- 18
+ 70
- 8
+29
+22
-11
-25
- 7
+ h
+ 9
- 3
- 1
*
+ 1
*
+15
- 17
0
- 11
+ 6
- 17
+22
+31
+ 9
+ 7
+20
+38
+25
Grand Total—entire s t o r e 2/
Radios, phonographs, t e l e v i s i o n , e t c .
Total of 1 departments
*
i* weeks
Z weeks
*
Z weeks
*
One week ending
One week ending
One week ending
ending
ending
ending
Mar. 26 JMar. 15'! Mar. 12 |Mar. 5 Mar. 26 Mar. 26 Mar, 19 Mar. 12 Mar. 5 Mar. 26 Mar. 26 Mar. 191 Mar. 12| Mar. 5 Mar, 26
+ 8
+ 23
+ 8
+10
0
+16
+ 1
+ 31
- 2
+19
- 9
+17
+17
+ 5
+ 5
+ 2
6
—
+ 2
+ u
+ 5
-2b
- 2
—16
-16
- 5
-30
- 2
- 2
-23
+ 3
+ 8
+ 7
+ 8
+ 2 r+17
+ 18
+15
+21*
+11*
+17
- 1
r+30
+13
+25
- 2
+ 6
+ 11
+ 2
+ 20
- 5
+ 9
0
+ 31*
+ 6
-26
+12
- 2
- 2
+27
- 3
+13
+105
- 2
- 6
+ 7
+22
+103
+11*
+11
+ 8
- 2
- 1
+87
- 5
- 3

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis

-28
- 8
-18
-30

-20
- 2
-12
- 8

+20
+2l*
+22
- 8

+ 3
+35
- 5
-22

- 5
+10
- U
-18

- 5
+ 6
+ 8
+33

+11
+25
+11
+37

+16
+58
+1*0
+21*

+
+
+
+

21*
27
28
26

+11
+28
+21
+30

- 8
+ 9
- 8
- 6

+ 7
+13
+11
+10

+ 10
+ 18
+ 15

+ 9

+
+
+
+

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco
For f o o t n o t e s , s e e p a g e 1.

+ 5
+27
+ 8
-10

+ 1
*
+1*8
- 3
- 7

-35
0
+ 8
-16

-33
+1*1*
+12
+ 8

-18
+22
+ 7
- 6

+27
+19
+31
+ 2

+ 9
+50
+12
+21

+12
+32
+ 6
+ 3

+ 1
*
+ 38
+ 9
+ 2

+13
+31*
+13
+ 7

+
+
+

+ 8
+13
+17
+ 9

+
+
+
+

+ 5
+ 15
+ 17
—
It




+1*9
+86
+38
+99

12
6
12
3

15
17
1
9

lit
29
18
11

+ 5
+17
+ 8
+ 6
+10
+10
+12
+ 1
*


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