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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
H.8a

FOR IIC,MEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 1956
WEEKLY DEPARTMENT.STORE SALES •

F e d e r a l Reserve
' District

Pe:r e n t a g e change frcm corresponding period a y e a r ago
(Eased on r e t a i l d o l l a r amounts) 1 /
Jan. 1
Four weeks
One week ending
to
ending
Har. 2b
Mar. 24 | Har. 17 | Har. 10 I Hsr. 3 | Mar. 24

- 5

+ 8

-10
0
+ 3
+10

+ 3
+ 7
+ 6
+10

-.1
- 2
+ 8
+ 8

^ + b
+.3
+ 8
+11

+ 2
-+ b

+
+
+

2
1
8
3

- 1
+ 2

+5
+ 3

+
+
+
+

+ 7

+ 6

+5

• Boston
New York
- 'Philadelphia
Cleveland

-28
- 7
+ 1
+20

-16
r- 7
r- 2
- b

- 2
+ 9
+10
+18

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis

+10
+12
+17

+
rr+
"+

2
2
2

0

+25

5

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

1 +12
+19
+12
+ 7

- 5

U. S. T o t a l

+ 9

r- 3

- 9
0

+12
+ 7

+5

+ i
+ li
+ 8

+5

+ 6

b
3
b
3

.

+
+
+
+

b
1
3
1

+ 3

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 , 19b7-b9=100 2 /
1956
Feb. 25
Mar. 3
10
Iuar. 17
Mar. 2b

1955
97
10b
109
rl05
112

~~Feh>
Mar.
Har.
Har.
Har.

195b
26
5
12
19
26

93
98
102
108
103

Feb.
Mar.
Har.
Har.
Mar.

27
6
13
20
27

90

P

92
95
100

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 the f a c t t h a t 1
l a s t year E a s t e r r a s on A p r i l 10 while t h i s year i t w i l l be on A p r i l 1 . For t h i s
r e a r o n i t i s estimated t h a t in comparison w i t h l a s t y e a r an allowance should be
iD3ae f o r sn i n c r e a s e i n s a l e s of about li per cent f o r the month of March as a whole
and a corresponding decrease f o r the month of A p r i l , These allowances apply t o the
f i g u r e s f o r the 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 the p e r i o d January 1937 to March 1952 see
F e d e r a l ' R e s e r v e B u l l e t i n f o r A p r i l 1952, pp. 359-362. Indexes f o r the period A p r i l
1952 t o d a t a may be obtained upon r e q u e s t from t h e D i v i s i o n of Research and
Stauictics.
•
.
Weekly indexes a t the d i s t r i c t and c i t y l e v e l s a r e published by s e v e r a l of the
F e d e r a l Reserve Banks,





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