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SURVEY OF CURRENT BUSINESS
WEEKLY SUPPLEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
BUREAU OF FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC COMMERCE
WASHINGTON, D. C, NOVEMBER 23, 1939
SUMMARY OF BUSINESS TRENDS
/CHANGES in industrial operations have been small thus far in
^ November and, for industry as a whole, production has not
been extended beyond the end-of-October volumes. Activity in
some lines of manufacturing continues on the upgrade and retail
volumes are in the seasonal upswing. Shipments recently have
cut into the backlogs of unfilled orders held by manufacturers in a
number of lines, but the volume of business now on hand generally assures a continued high rate of output for the remainder
of the year. Unfilled orders in the lumber, paper, and paperboard industries have been reduced in recent weeks, but production in the latter two has continued at exceptionally high levels.
Textile mills have also cut into their unfilled orders to some
extent, but these are still of substantial proportions. Production
in the cotton textile industry is at a rate that has been exceeded
only in the winter of 1936-37.
Export trade in October increased from September to a total
of $323,000,000, a figure 18 percent higher than in October of last
year and only slightly below the value of shipments in October

1937. While seasonal advances in shipments of raw cotton,
fruits, and automobiles accounted for much of the increase from
the $284,000,000 total in September, the trade expansion was not
entirely of a seasonal character. October shipments to the
United Kingdom were smaller than in September, and those to
France were about the same. Exports to the Scandinavian
countries increased sharply and were almost double the value of
goods shipped there in October of last year. Total exports to
seven Latin American markets amounted to $47,000,000 as compared with $36,700,000 in September; shipments to these markets
were valued at $31,000,000 in October 1938 and $46,000,000 in
October 1937. Among individual commodities the exports of
raw cotton are outstanding; shipments thus far in the current
season have been larger than for any comparable period since
1933. Exports of tobacco have been reduced considerably since
the war started and in October were only one-fifth as large in
value as a year earlier.

SELECTED BUSINESS INDICATORS
STEEL INGOT PRODUCTION
(PERCENT OF CAPACITY'

ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION
(BILLIONS OF KILOWATT HOURS)

SPOT COMMODITY

PRICES

(M0ODYJ5 I N D E X - D E C . 3 1 , 1 9 3 1 = I Q O )

25

BITUMINOUS COAL
(MILLIONS

PRODUCTION

OF SHORT

TONS)

AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION
(THOUSANDS

OF VEHICLES')

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS - T. W. DODGE

PRICES OF 3 5 0 INDUSTRIAL STOCKS
(INDEX, 1926= 100)

(DAILY AVERAGE AWARDS - MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)

FREIGHT CAR LOADINGS

YIELDS OF 120 CORPORATE BONDS
(PERCENT)

(THOUSANDS OF CARS)

METALS AND METAL PRODUCTS

HOUSE FURNISHING GOODS

FUEL AND LIGHTING

MATERIALS

CHEMICALS

AND DRUGS

70




1938

1939

WEEKLY BUSINESS INDICATORS*
[Weekly average, 1923-25-100]
1938

1939

Business activity:!
New York T i n i e s t Barren'scf
Business week
Commodity prices, wholesale:
Dept. of Labor, 1926=100:
Combined index (813)
Farm products (67)
Food (122)
All other (624)
Fisher's index, 1926=100:
Combined index (120)
Copper, electrolytic!
Cotton, middling, spot...

Finance—Continued.
Banking:
Debits, outside N. Y. C4-~~
Federal Reserve reporting
member banks:
Loans, total
t
Interest rates:
Call loans!Time loans!
Currency in circulation!
Production:
Automobiles.
Bituminous coal!
Cotton consumption!
Electric powerf
Lumber.
Petroleum!.,.
Steel ingots©
Receipts, primary markets:
Cattle and calves
Hogs
Cotton...
_
Wheat.—

I 104.6 103.5
90.3 88.6 90.2
107.
115.4 5.7 110.9 111.5 99.5 96.6 86.0 88.9
121.7 121.9 104. C 101.5 91.1 94.8
123.8 122.1
79.3
67.8
72.4
84.4

79.3
67.5
72.3
84.4

79.2
67.2
72.3
84.2

79.4
67.5
73.2
84.1

77.3
67.8
73.9
80.9

77.4
67.6
73.9
80.9

82.9
75.9
83.2
84.2

83.2
77.8
83.6
84.0

80.5 86.1 87.1
83.8 83.9 84.0 83.7 83.9
89.1 89.1 89.1 89.1 89.1 79.7 79.7 78.3 79.0
37.1 36.8 35.3 35.3 34.6 34.2 33.8 28.7 29.8

57.0 64.3 71.9 73.2
Construction contracts!
82.0 84.1 87.0
68.6 66.4
Distribution: Carloadings
102.4
92.6
Employment: Detroit, factory..
Finance:
54.8 54.1 54.3 50.9 53.fi 49.9 51.1
Failures, commercial
64.1 64.3 65.0 65.3 60.2 68.3 68.6
Bond yields!..
_
Stock prices!
112.4 111. 5 113.6 115. 2 114.9 109.0 112.5

1937

Nov. Nov. Nov. Oct. Oct. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov.
28
19 12 20 13
IS

Oct. Oct. Nov. Nov, Nov. Nov.
20

Nov. Nov.

1938

1939

1937

55.6 53.3
67.3 71.5
123.4
52.3 47.2
72.4 72.6
93.7 96.6

113.8 88.6 100.0 92.5 116.3 106.5 91.1 116.2 86.3
68.4 68.2
24.2 24.2
28.6 28.6
152.3 152.5

68.2 67.8
24.2 24.2
28.6 28.6
151. S 150.6

76.3 76.8

67.4 66.6

24.2 24.2 24.2 24.2 24.2
28.6 28.6 28.6 28.6
151.1 138.8 139.1 134.7 135.2

113.6 113.0108.4 102.5 91.9 126.8 112.8 122.9
97.1 100.4 102. 102.3 81.6 85.8 80.6
135.0 130.4 130.9 114.4 109.8 95.5
... .
150.9 162.3 152.4 149.7 136.3 132.6 133.5
53.3 56.2 61.6 57.8 44.1 42.0 41.8
182.3 168.1 168.0 181.1 156.3 155.7 171.6
160.6 158.9 156.3 154.9 155.1 101.7 103.0 59.8
87.5 93.3 97.3 91.8 92.8
105.0
46.0 45.3 42.9 46.3 65.9 54.8 64.6
192.7 198.1 220.0 227.7 269.6 9S. 8 134.2 166.5
42.8 31.4 41.2 57.0 47.1 67.8 45.5 48.2

119
J.7
96.
96.4
95.5
130.7
40.2

170.0
67.3

105.7
56.0

236.5
45.8

• D a t a do not cover calendar weeks in all cases.
§Computed normal= '100.
!Daily average. '
f Weekly average, 1928-30^100.
ISeasonrtly adjusted.
©Index for week ended Nov. 25, is 161.3.
efFor description of these indexes, see p. 4 of the Dec. 16,1937 issue.

WEEKLY BUSINESS STATISTICS*
1939
Nov. 18
COMMODITY PRICES, WHOLESALE
Copper, electrolytic, New YorkJ..:
dol. per lb._
Cotton, middling, spot, New York
do.
Food index (BradstreeVs).
do
Iron and steel, composite
dol. per ton..
Wheat, No. 2 Hard Winter (Kansas City)-dol. per bu_.
FINANCE
Banking:
Debits, New York City.
mil. of dol..
Debits, outside New York City (140 cities)
do...,
Federal Reserve banks:
Reserve bank credit, total.
do
U. S. Government securities
..do
Member bank reserve balances
__
.do
Excess reserves, estimated.._
do
Federal Reserve reporting member banks:
Deposits, demand, adjusted
do
Deposits, time
_
do
Investments, total §
do
U. S. Government direct obligations
do
Obligations fully guaranteed by U. 8. Government
_.
_
mil. of dol..
Loans, total§
do....
Commercial, industrial, and agricultural loans§
mil. of dol_.
Interest rates, call loans!
percentInterest rates, time loanl_
do
Exchange rates:
French franc!
cents..
Pound sterling!...
..dollars..
Failures, commercial
number.
Currency in circulation!
mil. of dol
Security markets:
Bond sales (iV. Y. S. E.)
thous. of dol. par value..
Bond yields (Moody'*) (120 bonds)!
percent..
Stock sales (iV. Y. S. E.)
thous. of shares..
Stock prices (JV. Y. Times)\
...dol. per share.
Stock prices (Standard Statistics) (420).
1926=100..
Industrials (350)..
do
Public utilities (40).
do
Railroads (30)
do
PRODUCTION, CONSTRUCTION, AND
DISTRIBUTION
Production:
Automobile^
number..
Bituminous coal!
thous. of short tons.
Electric power
..mill, of kw-hrs .
Petroleum!
thous. of bbl_Steel ingots®:
pet. of capacity._
Construction-contract awards!
thous. of dol
Distribution:
Freight-car loadings, total
cars..
Coal and coke
do
Forest products
.do
Grains and grain products
do
Livestock.
do
Merchandise, I. c. 1
_.
do
Ore
__
_
...do
Miscellaneous
" do
Receipts:
Cattle and calves
....thousands..
Hogs
_
do
Cotton into sight..
thous. of bales..
Wheat, at primary markets
thous. of bu_.

Nov. 11

0.123
.101

0.123
.100
2.43

Nov. 4

1933
Ort. 28

Oct. 21

1937

1936

Oct. 14

Nov. 19

Nov. 12

Nov. 20

Nov. 13

Nov. 21

37.53
.87

0.123
.096
2.43
37.62
.80

0.123
.096
2.44
37.56
.83

0.123
.094
2.43
37.56
.83

0.123
.092
2.39
37.62
.82

0.110
.093
2.39
36.25
.64

0.110
.092
2.40
36.29
.64

0.108
.078
2.73
38.90
.95

0.109
.081
2.76
38.93
.92

0.103
.122
2.83
34.59
1.23

3,004
4,4C0

2,730
4,106

4,123
4.637

3,118
4,289

2,766
4.493

2,564
3,983

2,918
4,114

2,565
3,522

3,143
4,492

3,268
4,003

4,947
5,391

2,716
2,649
11,587
5,166

2,721
2,6S7
11,749
5,354

2,765
2,721
11,814
5,376

2,771
2,736
11,950
5,534

2,817
2,748
11.907
5,509

2,810
2,765
11,739
5,399

2,590
2,664
8,727
3,262

2,569
2,564
8,546
3,132

2,590
2,555
6,922
1,100

2,576
2,537
6,879
1,066

2,464
2,430
6,851
2,276

18,604
5,256
14,465
8,725

18,660
5,250
14.314
8,720

18,556
5,249
14,207
8,684

18,721
5,251
14,178
8,628

18,567
5,239
14,140
8,574

18,451
5,242
14,160
8,559

15,720
5,137
13,012
3,140

15,711
5,137
13,037
8,141

14,612
5,296
11,998
7,974

14,657
5,302
12,008
7,972

15,399
5,029
13,690
9,234

2,402
8,549

2,250
8,521

2,232
8,521

2,226
8,479

2,221
8,423

2,240
8,408

1,678
8,323

1,679
8,327

1,125
9,532

1,128
9,600

1,261
8,752

4,362
1.00
1.25

4,330
1.00
1.25

4,310
1.00
1.25

4,292
1.00
1.25

4,286
1.00
1.25

4,288
1.00
1.25

3,894
1.00
1.25

3,897
1.00
1.25

4,738
1.00
1.25

4,780
1.00
1.25

1.00
1.25

2.223
3.922
223

7,398

2.201
3.882
220
7,404

2.264
3.992
221
7,370

2.270
4.005
207
7,315

2.269
4.002
218
7,335

2.275
4.014
179
7,347

2.634
4.705
203
6,738

2.654
4.748
208
6,757

3.397
5.003
213
6,542

3.399
5.001
192
6,564

4.651
4.889
149
6,388

39,760
3.70
3,934
109.17
93.5
109.9
87.0
31.4

27,980
3.71
4,624
108.29
94.4
111.2
87.4
31.5

37,830
3.75
6,530
110.35
94.9
112.0
86.8
32.1

41,550
3.77
7,051
111.88
97.2
114.9
87.5
33.5

42,870
3.82
6,215
111.54
95.9
113.4
S6.2
33.0

28,000
3.88
3,183
109.59
94.4
111.6
85.2
32.5

38,020
3.94
7,760
105.86
93.6
112.4
79.9
29.7

3.96
8.043
109.25
98.2
117.9
83.2
31.8

45,450
4.18
7,500
91.03
83.9
97.1
80.7
32.1

40,120
4.19
6,741
93.86
87.3
101.3
82.7
33.4

75,510
3.70
13,632
141.81
125.3
145.7
110.1
57.5

86,700

86,200
1,654
2,514
3,797
92.5

82,690
1,710
2,537
3,501
91.0

78,210
1,738
2,539
3,499
90.2
9,147

70,114
1,742
2,494
3,772
90.3
10,327

75,860
1,738
2,495
3,714
88.6
11,317

96,735
1,388
2,270
3,256
62.6
11,541

86,094
1,462
2,209
3,243
61.0
11,747

93,757
1,372
2,224
3,574
36.4
8,933

91,325.
1,642
2,177
3,541
41.0
8,504

116,125
1,745
2,196
3,061
74.1
7,783

785,961
166,938
35,823
37,697
17,650
156,735
55,876
315,242

805,862
171,597
37,380
37,530
19,839
159,157
56,976
323,383

834,096
176,543
37,529
40,232
20,410
159,348
62,063
337,971

861,198
181,435
39,231
44,578
21,581
160,299
62,533
351,541

844,955
181,753
38,432
38,793
21,391
160,683
66,059
337,844

657,477
140,732
28.536
36,122
18,057
153,987
12,849
267,194

636,446
134,159
26,843
32,003
18,061
152,202
16,780
256,398

644,927
135,115
26,701
39,306
16,656
159,977
12,088
255,084

685,926
150,803
27,384
38,296
18,490
161,311
17,588
272,054

789,772
175,525
36,417
36,905
19,337
170,022
26,429
325,137

277
298
515
2,495

295
294
572
3,280

307
278
592
4,533

290
301
701
3,744

278
271
648
4,247

293
428
257
5,394

266
356
349
3,616

332
419
433
3,838

334
363
615
3,645

321
589
442

37.44
.86

i3.5

501
3,406

®Rate for week ended Nov. 25, is 93.9.
IDaily average.
*Data do not cover calendar weeks in all cases.
INo longer strictly comparable; for an explanation, sec the corresponding data on p. 30 of the April 1939 issue of the SURVEY.
ISOURCE: Ward's Automotive Reports.




MONTHLY BUSINESS STATISTICS
Monthly statistics through December 1937, together with explanatory notes and references
to the sources of the data, may be found in the
1938 Supplement to the Survey

1939

1938
N o v e m
ber

October

1939
'

Decem- January
b e r

March

April

May

June

September

July

COMMODITY PRICES
Pages 12,13,15,131,134
Wholesale prices:
U. S. Department of Labor indexes:
Combined index (813 quotations) 1926=100..
Economic classes:
Finished products
do
Raw materials
_
do
Semimanufactures
_
do
Farm products
.
do
Foods..
_
do
Commodities otber than farm products and
.
foods
1926=100..
Pig iron:
Basic (valley furnace)
dol. per long ton_.
Composite
>
do
Foundry, No. 2, northern (Pittsburgh)
dol. per long ton..
Steel:
Composite, finished steel
dol. per lb_.
Steel billets, rerolling (Pittsburgh)
dol. per long ton..
Structural steel (Pittsburgh)...dol. per lb_.
Steel scrap (Chicago)
dol. per gross ton..
Purchasing power of the dollar:
Wholesale prices
1923-25=100..
Prices received by farmers
do—

79.4

77.6

77.5

77.0

76.9

76.9

76.7

76.2

76.2

75.6

75.4

75.0

79.1

82.3
72.3
83.1
67.1
73.3

81.1
70.9
75.9
66.8
73.5

80.5
71.5
76.2
67.8
74.1

80.2
70.9
75.2
67.6
73.1

80.0
70.9
74.9
67.2
71.5

80.2
70.9
74.4.
67.2
71.5
I
80.2

80.2
70.1
74.6
65.8
70.2

80.1
68.5
74.4
63.7

79.9
68.9
74.3
63.7
68.2

79.6
67.7
74.1
62.4
67.6

79.2
67.8
74.4
62.6
67.5

79.1
66.5
74.5
61.0
67.2

81.9
72.6
81.8
68.7
75.1

83.8

81.1

80.3

80.2

80.4

80.5

80.6

80.2

80.2

80.1

82.1

22.50
23.15

20.50
21.14

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

20.50
21.15

21.50
22.35

24.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

22.89

23.89

.0268

.0268

.0208

.0268

.0264

.0262

.0261

.0261

.0261

.0263
34.00
.0210
19.05

34.00
.0210
12.88

34.00
.0210
14.20

34.00
.0210
13.75

34.00
.0210
13.85

34.00
.0210
14.06

34.00
.0210
14.25

34.00
.0210
13.38

34.00
.0210
12.80

34.00
.0210
13.56

34.00
.0210
6

34.00
.0210
13.88

34.00
.0210
16.22

126.8
151.5

129.8
154.8

J29.9
156.5

130.8
153.1

130.9
156.5

130.9
159.7

131.3
161.6

132.1
165.3

132.1
163.4

133.2
165.3

133.5
165.3

134.2

127.3
149.9

261,796
190,987

357,698

301,679
211,261

389,439
231,052

251,673
165,162

220,197
148,564

300,661
223,011

330,030
209,061

308,487
210,567

288,316
204,741

197,831

312,328
197,045

323,227
212,146

119,612
22,393
97,220
6,436
1,767
19,824
69,192

113,558 113,457
20,233
22,411
93,314
91,147
6,608
4,932
1,449
1,732
18,749
18,411
66,073

118,096
20,372
97,723
3,581
1,574
14,028
78,540

87,418
19, 556
67,861
2,446
2,301
12,771
50,343

86,651
18,318

111,815
22,147

3,458
14,'024
49,448

4,768
1,695
17,414
65,792

111, 160 112,377 105,086
21, 785
22,692
22,824
83,301
89,685
88,335
5,345
6,075
6,055
1,663
2,105
1,615
17t 655
18,533 17,408
62,520
63,456

85,407
20,570
64,838
3,496
2,120
13,999
45,222

90,526
21,115
69,410
3,512
1,349
12.527
52,022

101,937
20.8S4
81.053
3,067
1,278
35,045
61,663

CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE
Page 16
Contract awards:
F. W. Dodge Corp. (37 States):
Construction, total value
thous. of dol-.
Building, total value*
do....
DOMESTIC TE \DE
Pages 26, 27, 30
Advertising:
Newspaper advertising:
Lineage, total (52 cities)
thous. of lines..
Classified
do...
Display, total
do._Automotive
_
do...
Financial
do..General
do._.
Retail.
do—
Postal business:
Receipts, postal:
50 selected cities
thous. of dol.
50 industrial cities
do...
Retail trade:
Chain-store sales:
Chain-Store Age index:
Combined index (20 chains)
av. same month 1929-31=100.
Apparel chains...
_do—
Mail order and store sales:
Montgomery Ward & Co
thous. of dol.
Sears, Roebuck & Co..
do...
Rural sales of general merchandise:
Total, U. 8., unadjusted
1929-31=100.
Total, IT. S., adjustedfdo...

31,960
3,788

30,850
3,728

31,426
3,568

42,470
5,154

28,537
3,667

27,710
3,493

33,478
3,979

29,830
3,618

30,922
3,687

29,791
3,687

25,464
3,271

28,233
3,540

30,038
3,413

110.8
125.0

108.0
120.0

109.5
121.2

112.9
127.0

107.5
118.0

108.8
112.7

109.8
130.0

110.0
117.6

110.0
119.0

111.0
118.0

113.0
126.0

113.0
124.0

114.5
127.0

54,945
67,246

.46,667
53,345

42,295
51,215

57,085

24,769
33,551

24,964
34,901

35,730
49,768

41,595
51,236

42,323
59,613

41,302
56,768

33,452
43,941

48,259

44,743
62,751

160.3
123.4

140.9
108.5

147.2
113.1

183.6
114.8

91.3
120.0

100.1
123.7

115.0
131.0

120.2
130.8

120.5
131.2

120.0
131.7

91.1
124.8

107.2
131.1

132.6
125.4

822
865
24
34
598
608
200
223
592,432 671,262
32,288
43,754
179,553 182,690
380,591 444,818

1,089
71
755
264
974,920
91,294
226,085
657,541

648
30
357
262
729,937
51,899
99,363
578,675

675
23
399
252
570,491
40,365
109,871
420,255

842
33
499
310
645,019
45,205
138,396
461,418

716
20
464
232
550,666
35,981
129,051
385,634

812
33
496
283
604,445
43,278
137,073
424,094

841
687
134
26
461
427
245
234
729,749 506,380
194,223
23,862
128,568 118,218
406,958 364,300

942
261
431
250
584,595
83,901
119,068
381,626

642
24
417
200
509,897
59,401
115,935
334,561

FINANCE
Pages 60, 73, 77
Life insurance:
Insurance written:©
-^-Policies and certificates, total number
thousands..
Group
—
do...Industrial
._
.do—_
Ordinary
___
do.—
Value, total
thous. of d o l . .
Group
do....
Industrial
do.—
Ordinary
— .do..Security markets:
Prices:
Bonds:
Standard Statistics Co.. Inc. (60 bonds)
dol. per $100 b o n d . .
Industrial (20 bonds)
do.-..
Public utilities (20 bonds)
do....
Rails (20 bonds)
l.dO—_
Stocks:
Standard Statistics Co., Inc.:
Combined index (420stocks). 1926=100..
Industrials (350stocks)
do....
Public utilities (40stocks)
do....
Rails (30stocks)
.do....

790
51
484
255
637,675
75,929
135,769
425,977

82.9
86.4
100.5
61.6

81.8
86.8
98.6
59.9

82.1
86.9
99.3
60.2

81.1
86.0
98.7
58.6

81.9
86.2
99.7
59.7

82.1
86.4
100.7
59.0

83.1
87.1
101.3
60.9

79.4
83.8
99.7
54.5

80.2
84.8
101.0
54.8

81.4
86.2
101,6
56.2

81.6
86.3
102.1
56.4

81.0
85.8
101.7
55.5

80.9
85.0
98.6
59.0

95.3
112.7
86.0
32.9

91.1
109.6
77.4
28.1

94.7
113.6
80.9
30.0

92.0
110.6
77.9
28.8

91.8
109.3
81.2
29.8

90.1
106.3
83.8
28.0

91.7
108.0
85.8
29.7

81.9
95.9
80.0
24.8

83.1
97.0
82.4
25.0

86.0
100.5
84.7
25.9

86.1
100.6
84.9
25.7

86.3
100.5
87.0
25.4

92.4
109.4
84.3
29.7

*New series. Monthly data beginning 1925 are shown in table 49, p . 17 of the November 1939 Survey.
tRevised series. Rural sales of general merchandise adjusted for seasonal variations revised beginning January 1934; see table 37. p . 17of t h e August 1939 Survey.
$ 4 0 companies having 82 percent of total life insurance outstanding in all United States legal reserve companies.




MONTHLY BUSINESS STATISTICS—Continued
Monthly statistics through December 1937, to- 1939
gether with explanatory notes and references
to the sources of the data, may be found in the
October October
1938 Supplement to the Survey

1938

1939
January

ber

^y1"

Marcn

A

Pril

Mfl

y

June

September

July

FOODSTUFFS
Pages 103, 110, 111, 112, 115
Livestock:
Cattle and calves:
Receipts, principal markets
2,438
thous. of animals.
Disposition:
Local slaughter
__do...
1,124
Shipments, total
_
__.do...
1,270
Hogs:
2,45S
Receipts, principal markets
do~__
Disposition:
Local slaughter
do.
2,825
Shipments, total
do.
617
Sheep and lambs:
Receipts, principal markets..
do...
2,607
Disposition:
1,075
Local slaughter
do...
Shipments, total
.
do...
1,520
Stocks, cold stoage, end of month:
Butter, creamery
_..thous. of lb. 128,147
Cheese (total)
__
do.,. 114,746
Eggs:
Case...thous. of casos.
3.528
Frozen
thous. of lb. 104.291
Fish, total (15th of month)
do..., 82,981
Total meats...
.mil. of lb.
451
Beef and veal
thous. oflb.
49,246
Pork, total.'.
_
d o . . . 340,814
Fresh and cured
—
do.__ 272, 678
Lard
_
do...
68,136
Lamb and mutton..
do...
3,498
Miscellaneous meats,
mil. oflb.
58
Poultry
thous. of lb.
79,282
LEATHER AND PRODUCTS
Page 124
Leather:
Production:
Calf and kip
_
thous. of skins..
Cattle hides...
_
thous. of hides..
Goat and kid
thous. of skins..
Sheep and lamb
_
...do
Stocks of cattle hides and leathery end of
month:
Total
.thous. of equiv. hides..
In process and finished
do.
Raw
do.

8

PAPER AND PRINTING
Pages 145,146
Paper:
Newsprint:
Canada:
Production
__
short tons. 280,985
Shipments from mills
_
d o . . . 289,260
Stocks, at mills, end of month
d o . . . 192,609
United States:
Consumption by publishers
do
195,510
Production
_
do
78,591
Shipments from mills
_
do.
79,364
Stocks, end of month:
At mills
do—_, 15,923
Atpublisherst-do,.., 285,216
50,053
In transit to publisbersf
do
TEXTILE PRODUCTS
Pages 154,155,158
Cotton:
Consumption
_._
.bales.. 686,936
Exports (excluding Hnters)§. .thous. of bales..
S86
Imports (excluding Iinters)§
do
14
Spindle activity:
Active spindles
..thousands.. 22,659
Active spindle hours, total..mil. of hours..
8,581
Average per spindle in place
hours,.
342
97.9
Operations!
pet. of capacity..
Wool:
Receipts at Boston, total
thous. oflb.
()
Domestic
do
Foreign
do.._. 11,991
C)

2,306

1,900

1,465

1,635

1,294

1,542

1,407

1,737

1,476

1,667

1,704

2,117

1,122
l f 120

9S9
927

843
632

975
608

S07
496

952
579

869
581

1,068
647

934
546

971
664

972
795

1,019
1,074

2,255

2,607

2,570

2,699

1,971

2,205

1,995

2,410

2,105

1,948

2,007

1,995

1.660
587

1,903
' 691

1,848
726

1,398
566

1,654
547.

1,509
485

1,822
575

1,535
560

1,394
546

1,451
550

1,458
534

2,805

1,945

1,552

1,928
754
1,746

1,546

1,766

1,951

1,711

^2,042

2,392

2,625

1,124
1,673

996

673

1,063
677

953
595

1,046
720

900
l,0S2

1,070
884

913
S04

1,040

90S
1,419

1,064
1.564

195,263 • 160,632
132,326 127,440

128,770 111,354
120,174 106,411

92,780
91.485

78,909
81, C53

70, SCO
75,345

84.437
79,272

131,609
93,850

165,183
117,598

172.825
125,029

154,594
116,561

3,244
94,305
85,665
413
41,218
319.312
251i645
67,667
2,606
50
77,692

1,439
78,091
93,024
484
52,637
373,641
299,142
74,499
3,171
54
118,088

302
136
62,903 50,345
90,711 77,088
791
671
58,187 53.126
537,525
430,104 526.411
107,421 132,078
2 f 925
3,541
76
72
139,108 133,531

1,100
1,755
2,525
2,822

1,138
1,786
2,634
2,872

1,284
1,884
3,245

1,319
1,936
3,185
2,899

1,326
1,943
3,170
3,236

1,329
1,955
3,623
3,115

1,168
1,672
3,463
2.774

1,187
1,736
3.473
3,015

1,227
1,715
3,666
3,015

13.440
9)665
3,775

13,885
10,074
3,811

13,996
10,301

13,602
9,868
3,734

13,375
9,699
3,676

13,009
9,229
3,780

12,813
9,026
3,787

12,905
9,078
3,827

12,976
9,151
3,S25

254,872
255,100
196,283

245,295
264,421
177,157

209,753 208,382 200,631
225,472 201.852 178,236
161,438 167,968 190,363

220,648
205,099
205.912

220,843
214,255
212,500

250,015
274,635
187,880

240.545
232,261
196,164

165
l,10o
3,357
44,476 60,465 8S,867
02,253 40,423 29, 756
784
758
758
46,404 40,970 36,86G
667,419 652,456 656,746
542,138 523,204 527,213
125, 281 129, 252 129,533
2,412
2,773
1,956
68
63
63
116,229 90,987 70,568

5,880
7,024
6,977
117,900 141,456 144,359
35,295 46,965 59,940
761
749
699
34,650 33,591
33,456
659,587 645,173 594, 581
520,251 496,796 454,766
139,336 148,377 139,815
1,791
1,837
1,893
65
68
69
66,796 67,470 64,918

135.928
' 72,765
'573
' 33,027
471,310
=ttO932
,
110,378
' 2,459
'66
' 62,870

5,430
121,471
79,384
478
36,917
379,020
300,226
78,794
2,965
59
63,164

1,064
1,619
3,323
3,096

' 1,155
' 1,949
'3,397
'4,205

1,074
1,7S8
3,065

12,899
' 9,059
••3,840

12,627
'8,897
'3,730

12,553
8,730
3,823

227,630
221,743
202, 051

236,975
224,367
214,659

253,230
267,005
200.884

159,647
80,000
79,060

177,078
77,309
78,559

18,590
288,408
47,570

177,134 160,916 153,346 174,096 179,542 178,543 170,980 172,861
75,855 77,264 70,868 79,929 77,393 85.872 80,562 74,932
77,974 72,967 71,926 81,616 77,463 84,443 84,628 75,354
20,702 18.583 22,880 21,822 20,135 20,065 21,494 17,428
17,002
291,477 284,661 267,155 251,041 223,469 206,727 229,142 230,443 252,754
44,628 30,677 36,872 13,449 32,580 37,253 39,251 47,737 43,459

17,946
277,589

16,696
283,282
47,776

543,857
464
11

596,416
480
14

22,113
7,119
273
81.9

22,447
7,564
290
83.4

22,433
7,185
276
82.3

22,222
18,487
3,735

24.341
21,239
3,103

13,678
9,009
4,670

87t 450
72,827
72,203

r

176,322
78,390
76,278

562,580
264
8

649.940
330
10

22,497
7,642
295
85.7

22,533
7,164
277
87.8

22.503
8,243
319
86.7

22,123
6,895
269
84.7

15,539
5,374
10,164

11,820
66,660
5,160

13,608
5,939
7,669

17,173
10,241
6,932

565,627 598,132
290
368
12
11

578,436
114
12

521,353
107
16

628,448
219
13

624.902
'649
10

21,970
7,573
297
81.9

21,771
7,399
290
82.5

21,939
6,621
262
81.9

22,012
7,908
313
85.1

22,232
7,695
306
92.5

31,461
25.641

55,614
51,401
4,213

55,355
51,247
4,109

39,228
35.287
3,941

24,410
19,046
5.363

543.187 606,090
143
178
14
13

r Revised.
« Data for September are the latest available.
tStocks of newsprint at publishers, and in transit to publishers, revised for 1937 and 1938; revision? not shown on p. 52 of the April 1939 Survey will appear in a subsequent
Issue. Cotton spindle activity revised beginning August 1933; see table 18, p. 18 of the March 1939 Survey.
SRevised series. Data revised far 1937; see tables 19 and 20, pp. 14 and 15 of the April 1939 Survey.
NOTE.—The data in the above tables present, in advance of the monthly Survey of Current Business, such items as were received during the week ended Saturday, November 18. These figures, like similar information in the table entitled "Monthly business statistics" in each monthly issue, should always be read in connection with the
detailed tables covering the respective items in the 1938 Supplement to the Survey of Current Business, which contains a description of each series and a reference to the
source of the data. Series marked with an asterisk (*) are exceptions, representing additions since the 1938 Supplement was issued, and similar data, if published, will be
found in the monthly numbers indicated by the footnotes. Changes in the series are also Indicated in the footnotes. The Survey of Current Business, including 12 monthly
Surveys of 56 pages each, and the 52 Weekly Supplements, may be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D. C , for $2.00 per year. The 1938 Supplement may be obtained from the same source upon receipt of $0.40.