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BOARD 03' GOVERNOhS-Of THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

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FOR m i E D I A T E RELEASE

October 3 , 1957*
Seasonally a d j u s t e d department s t o r e s a l e s declined i n September and were
s l i g h t l y below t h e year ago—level. The a d j u s t e d index i s estimated a t 128 per cent
of the 19h'J-h9 average, compared with 13h f o r August and 129 f o r September l a s t year.
Sept.

1957
Aug.

July

1956
Sept.

el28
el30

Index of department s t o r e s a l e s 1 /
19U7-49KL00
Adjusted f o r seasonal v a r i a t i o n
Without seasonal adjustment

13k
118

132
10U

129
131

WEEKLY DEPARTMENT STORE SALES

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)
Four weeks
Jan. 1
One week ending
ending
to
S e p t . 2U|Sept. 21| S e p t , 14 | Sept, 7 S e p t . 28
S e p t . -28

. Federal Reserve
District
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Cleveland

-13
-11
-11
r- 9

CM CM O CM
+ 1
1

Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco

+ 3
0
+ 5
- 1

r+
+
+
r

0

U . S . Total

-10

- 5
- 6
- 2

+ +ii

Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago
S t . Louis

i i +i

- U
- 3
- 3
0

8
7
9
0

+ 2
r+ 6

- h

- 3
- 2

-

8
4
6
3

0
+ 3
+ 2
- 1

+
-

+
-

3
1
1
1

+ 3
+ 3
+ 3
0

- 3

+5
1
2
3
2

+5
+ h

- 1
0
- U
- 2

+ 3
+ 3
+ b
0

+
+
+
+

+ 1

+ 1

- 1

+ 2

3
1
3
1

U. S . weekly index, without s e a s o n a l adjustment, 19b7-b9=100 2/
1957
Aug» 31
Sept. 7
Sept.1U
Sept. 21
Sept. 28

13U
113
131
126
130

1956
Sept. 1
Sept . 8
Sept. 1$
Sept. 22
Sept. 29

128
112
130
131
130

1955
Sept. 3
Sept. 10
Sept. 17
Sept. 2k
Oct. 1

125
108
125
121
126

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1 / Monthly indexes r e f e r t o d a i l y average s a l e s i n calendar month. September 1957
f i g u r e s estimated from weekly s a l e s .
2 / For d e s c r i p t i o n and weekly indexes f o r t h e period January 1937 t o March 1952 see
Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r A p r i l 1952, pp. 359-362. Indexes f o r t h e period A p r i l
1952 t o date may be obtained upon request frcm t h e Division of Research and S t a tistics.
"eekly 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 are published by s e v e r a l of t h e
Federal Keserve Banks.





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