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CONFIDENTIAL - F. R.

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May 18, 1951t
1954
;ted indexes
w onthlyp unad^us
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average#™

Sales in selected departments

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Department

MAY 10

Percentage change from a year ago
U weeks
(19it7-lt9
One week ending
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ending
April March February January May |April "larch February January
May 0
|May 1 |April 2k IApril 17

1

1

NOT FOR PUBLICATION

DEPARTMENT STORE SALES—UNITED STATES S U # % W B R A R Y

GRAND TOTAL SALES 1/2/

- 3

- 1

- 2

+m

+ 2

elOO

90

75

80

99

95

100

77

8U

Furniture & bedding

- 2

- 1

- 9

-38

-13

e 99

105

109

110

116

108

105

121

120

Domestic fl. coverings

- 7

- 6

-lit

-36

-17

e 73

76

72

75

85

83

82

80

88

Major appliances

+ 1

+10

-11

-28

- 8

e

66

Bh

59

72

66

72

59

6ii

Radio, phonograph, TV

- 2

- 3

-13

-17

- 9

107

90

101

7*
1

81

101

95

115

Total of U depts. 1/

- 3

- 1

-11

-3U

-13

ALL OTF'tR SALES 1/

- 3

- 1

- 1

+21

+

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63

83

90

86

89

93

89

92

9h

99

el02

90

7U

79

99

96

101

75

83

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1/ Monthly indexes for this category are not released publicly; they are shown here solely to permit comparisons with^departmental changes.
2/ Figures are based on the abbreviated sample described in note below and are presented here solely to permit comparisons with departmental
changes• For weekly movements of total department store sales, refer to the regular weekly sales report H.8a (based on about 550 stores),
Note:—Total national sample is comprised of some 115 stores (varies slightly among departments) of the approximately 350 stores regularly
reporting monthly departmental figures#




CONFIDENTIAL - F. R.

United States
^Boston
'New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
St. Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

United States
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Richmond
|Atlanta
Chicago
St, Louis
Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco
For footnotes, see page 1.




NOT FOR PUBLICATION
SPECIAL I f E L REPORT ON DEPARTMENT STORE SALES—SUMMARY BY DISTRICTS
fiKY
Sales in Selected Departments
Page 2
(Percentage change from corresponding period a year ago)
Major household" appliances
"Domestic floor coverings
Furniture and bedding
U weeks
I weeks
t
F"weeks
One week ending
One week ending
One week ending
ending
ending
ending
May
May 8 "{May 1 I Apr. 2 t 1 Apr. 17 8
I
May
i
May
May 8 | May 1 lApr. 2 i I Apr. 17 8 May 8 | Hay 1 [Apr. 2 t I Apr. 17 8
l
- 8
-28
-11
+10
+ 1
-17
— 6
—l t
i
—36
— 9
—38
- 7
- 1
- 2
^11
-22
- 6
-39
-32
- 9
-28
-lb
-17
-11
-25
-13
-17
-15
+ k
-19
-15
- 5
+ 6
-28
-21
- 5
- 7
-1)4
-23
-17
- 1
-15
+ k
-1U
-U5
-20
-39
- 8
-11
-19
+ 1
-17
+25
-5k
-11
-38
-27
-13
-Hi
+ 3
-26
-21
-U5
-2 I
t -10
-23
-32
-11
-23
-28
-10
-36
-1U
+ 1
- 9
-10

- 6

+ 5
- 5
+12

+ 6
+ 3
+15

-27
+10

+ k

-16

-51
-32
-31
-29

-21

- 1
- 8
- 6

+ 1
+ 9
- 1
+11

+1U
+ 5
- 8
-20

-23

+a

-17
+ 2

-ho

-67
-29
-56

-13
-15

-lh

-18

-28
-62
0
- 7
+121
-36
- 9
-22
-hi
0
-U5
-12
-U2
-13
+ 3
- 7
-10
-67
+12
-32
-12
+31
-19
-6U
-33
+21
- 6
-21
+ 1
- 8
- 1
-29
-12
-11
+ 5
- 5
Total of I departments
t
Radios,phonographs,television,etc
U weeks
I weeks
t
One week ending
One week ending
ending
ending
May 8 }May 1' | Apr. 2k\ Apr. 17 0 "May 0 [May 1 [Apr.2It|Apr.X7 May 8
May
-13
—11
- 1
-3k
- 2
- 3
-13
-17
- 9
- 3
-20
-TDT
~=rr
-11'
-27
~=W
-19
—25
- 7
-17
-17
- h
-28
-39
-23
- 5
-36
-3b
-15
-16
-13
+ 6
-iu
-Ul
-15
+11
- 2
-32
-35
-17
-12
-12
-19
-3lt
-28
-25
-17
-32
-2h

+16

+ h
+13

-16

+23
0
+12
+tt
Il

+12
0
+12
+25

- 2

+U2

+21
+120

+53
u

+ i

2

+ ii

-13
+11
+25
0

+ h

+10
-16
-11

+ 8

-h2

-10

-38
-20

+10
- 7
+ 5
+25

-1
+ u

- 5
+27
-36

^3

-

h

+ 2

+2it

+ 9
-12

1

+ 5
+13

+ 5
+ 6
+20
+25
-18
- 6

-13

-17
+ h
+ 1
- 6

-37
-29
-29

- 6

-17

-jl
l.t
-22
—56
-23

+1U
- 1
+lli
+I
6t

-15
-15
-

x

$

- h

- 3
- 2
-29
- 8

+19

+17
+ 3

+ 5
- 9

+k9

-16

- 5
-25
-35
- 8

+15
+ 2
+ 1
+ 8

+ 9
-31
+19
+t
I3
-18
-52
-33
-hi
-Ik
- 8
- 2
- 9
-22
+ 7
-entire store jj
Grand TotalU weeks
One week ending
ending
May 8 [May 1 Apr.2^|Apr.17 May
+ 2
+lh
- 2
1
- 3
— 8
T F
+ 2
0
+2k
* 6
o
- 2
1
+10
- 5
+ 1
- 5
-10
- u
o
- 6
+19
- 5
- 7
+25
+30

1
- 2
0
+ 2

- h

-ho

+30

-

0
0
- 7
-

k

+80
+36

-13

- I
t

- 6
+ 8

5
0
+ 5

r+

+Ht
- U

-12

+ 5
0
+

l
- 8

- k

0

r- 3

— 3

+ 7
+27
+13
+15

0
+18
- 3
-23

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