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B A D OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
OR
March 20, 1953
DEPARTMENT STORE)' SALES IN SELE CTED CITIES A D AREAS
N
(Based on Dollar Amounts)
Federal Reserve D i s t r i c t , Area, and City

Percentage change from corresponding
.period a year ago 1/
Jan.
Week ending
195-3 Feb. 21** | Feb. 20**| Marl 71 Mar. ITT

United States

±J

Boston D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
New Haven
Lowell-Lawrence
Cities
Downtown Boston
Springfield
Providence

+h

New York D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Buffalo
Rochester
Syracuse
Cities
New York
Newark
Philadelphia D i s t r i c t
City
Philadelphia

•

+_2

+ 9

r+ 9

+11

+18

+ 9

+13

+ 6

+12

+11 ' -23
+25
+27 -

.

^

Conn.
Mass.

- 6
+19

N. Y.

'

+18.
+19.

+U

+ 7
+25

+

+ 8

zJ

+ 2

- 5
-16

+ 2
+22
- 2

+ 6 ... +17
+10
+15
r+23 •
+19

1

. +12
+ 9

-10
+ Ji

r- 2
+11

+ 5
- i

1-

- 7

+33

+

+ 5

- 8

-12

t36

r- 3

+ 3

+_2

"

R. I .

+3
. + 2
- 2
- 3

Mass.

.+13
+36

- 1

+11

r+ 7

+13

- 1

- L

+16
+18
+23
+12
+13

-6
+10
+15
- 2

+17
+ 3
+19
+23
+19

+11
- 1

+lli
+10

r+ 2

+ 2

+h

+ 9

+1h ,
N. Y.
N. J.

- 6
- 2

+
Pa.

+2k

Cleveland D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Akron
Cincinnati
Columbus
Toledo
Erie
Cities
Cleveland
Pittsburgh

Pa.

+6 - 2
+2
+U - 7
- h-. + 1

Ohio
Pa.

+ 2
- 2

Richmond D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Washington
Baltimore

D. C.
Mi.

Ohio
"
"

+h
+5

+ 8

- 2
- 1

.

=

+ 5

+ 3

La.
Term.

Chicago D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Chicago
Indianapolis
Detroit
Milwaukee

111.
Ind.
Mich.
Wis.

Ala.
Fla.

-10

+5
+3h

0
+ 5

-10
- 9

+13
+27

+ 6

Atlanta D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Birmingham
Jacksonville
Miami
Atlanta
Augusta
New Orleans
Nashville

0

+17

+1
+1

0

-k

+15
+17
+11
+ 8
+1
. +3U
+33 .




+ 3
0
- 1
-12
+1U

+ l

Ga.

+11
+ 'U
+ 7
+8
+5

+ 2

+11

- 6
5

- 5
+ 5
+12
+ 1

+ 9
+15
+17
+9

+

+10
+ l

+15

+ 1

7

3

+2h

'

+5

+ 2 .

' +10

+

3

+

7

" +1

- 2
+ 8

r+13

+21

r+ 7
r+ 1

+35
+ 3

r+ 6
r- 2
+29
+3h

+12
- 1
+30
+19

r+10

+ 8

+9

+ 7
+13
+10
+2

- 1
+12
+19
+10

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"DEPARTMENT STORE SALES IN SELECTED CITIES A D AREAS (Continued)
N
(Based on Dollar Amounts)
Percentage change from corresponding
.
period a year ago 1/
Jan.
Week ending
1953 FebT 21** | Feb. 2b**-1 Mar, 71 Mar. 14

Federal Reserve D i s t r i c t , Area, and City

S t . Louis D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
L i t t l e Rock
Louisville
S t . Louis
Memphis
Minneapolis D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minneapolis City
S t . Paul.City
Cities
Duluth-Superior
Kansas City D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Denver
T-o'peka
'•-"Wichita
S t . Joseph
Oklahoma City
Tulsa
City
Kansas City
Dallas D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Dallas
El Paso
Fort Worth
Houston
San Antonio
San Francisco D i s t r i c t
Metropolitan Areas
Los Angeles
Dcvvntovai Los Angeles
Westside Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco-Oakland
San Francisco City
Oakland City
Portland
S a l t Lake City
Seattle
Spokane

' +12

- 1

0

+ 7

+16

+ 7
+12

+ 8
+ 5
+
+15

+ 7
+21
+16
+ 7

+ 1'
0
+ 1
- 5

- 2
+11
- 3
0

±2

-15

+ 7

+_g

+13

+ 1
0
+ 2

-16
-18
-

+ 8
+ 7
+ 9

+ 5
+ 6
+ 5

+12

Minn.&Wis. + 3

- 2

+

k

+ 6

+22

+10

+12

+12

+11
+11
+ 7
+ 9
+10.
+ 9

+ 5

+15

+19
-15
+1U
+ 8

h
+ih
+ h
+ h

Ark.
Kv.
Mo.
Tenn.

Minn.
tr

- 5
- 4
-13
+
+ 3
- 2

- 2

+ 3

+ 6

"

0

0
- 5
- 2
-10
+
+ 6

0

h

h

h

+±h

+ 8

h

+ 1
Colo.
Kans.
1
1
Mo.
;
Okla.

'

-ah

+ 9

+

Tex.

Calif.

1
1
Ore.
Utah
Wash.
"

+11

+19

+1I1

+10

+12

+ 7

+ 2
+ 2
+10
- 1

+20
+
+ 5
+ 9
+10

+1U
+ 5
•+ 1
+18
+ 3

- 2
+19
+ 1
+13
+11

+10

Mo.

+12

±J

+12

+15

+
+
+
+
+

+
+ 1
0
+13
+23
+25
+21
+ 9
+3h
+19
+12

+12
+11
+10
+ a
-16
-20
- 9
+11*

+13
+ 7
+12
+10
+ 6
+ 1
+16
+ 9

+21
+17
+22
+ 8
+ 6
0
+15
+12
+22
+10
+16

+

-lh

k

+13'
+ 3
+11
- 2

8
2

h

2
6
6

+r

+12
+ 8
+ 7
+19 .

h

•

!

h

-

h

0
+ 8

•

+lk

+1U
+1U

v—Revised.
-30 a t a-hot a v a i l a b l e .
./During March and April 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
'"ear Easter was on April 13 while t h i s year i t w i l l be on April 5. 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 i n c r e a s e in* s a l e s of about I4. 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 as a whole,
—In using year ago comparisons f o r the weeks ending February 28 and February 21,
allowance should be made f o r the f a c t t h a t Washington's b i r t h d a y occurred i n the
.veek ending February 28 t h i s year whereas l a s t year i t occurred i n the previous
week. I n some c i t i e s , s t o r e s were closed in"observance of the h o l i d a y , while i n
others s p e c i a l s a l e s were h e ld .





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