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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

H.8a

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 1958.
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES

Federal Reserve
District

Percentage change from corresponding period a year ago
(Based on retail dollar amounts
Four weeks
Jan. 1
One week ending
to
ending
Mar. 1 | Feb. 22 I Feb. 15
Mar, 0
Mar. 8 ,
Mar. 8

Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland

+ 2
+15
+22
+ h

+ 2
+ 8
r+12
r+ 1

-29
-31
-38 .
-22

- 3
- 1
-U
- 3

-

7
2
3
5

- 3
+ 1
- 2
- h

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis

+ 7
+16
+ 1 + 3

r+13
0
- 6
0

-31
-15
-13
-10

- 1
- ,
8
-11
-13

-

5
2
7
5

- 2
- u
- 5
; - h

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

+13
- 1
+ 2
0

- h
- 6
- 8
r+ 1

+
-

3
2
7
9

-12
- 9
-18
- 1

i
- i
- h
- 8
- 2

+ 7

+ 1

-18

- 6

-

U. S. total .

'

h

-

2
2
5
3

- 2

U. S. weekly index, without seasonal adjustment, 19ii7-U9=100-/
1958
Feb. 8
Feb. 15
Feb. 22
Mar. 1
Mar. 8

93
96
82
100
105

Feb. 16
Feb. 23

101
102
100

1956
"Feb.
Feb.
Feb.
Mar.
Mar.

11
16
25
3
10

97
95
97
10U
109

r—Revised!
1/ During March and April changes from a year ago reflect in part the fact that last
year Easter was on April 21 while this year it will be on April 6. For this reason
it is estimated that in comparison with last year an allowance should be made for
• an increase in sales of about 6 per cent for the month of March as a whole and a
corresponding decrease for the month of April. These.allowances apply to the
figures i'or the United States.
2/ For description and weekly indexes for the period January 1937 to March 1952 see
Federal Reserve Bull atin for April 1952, pp. 359-362. Indexes for the period April
1952 to ciate may be oVcained upon request from the Division of Research and
Statistics.
Yoekly indexes at the district and city levels are published by several of the
Federal Reserve Banks.





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