Holiday 2002 Jewelry Sales Saw Gains

Sales at jewelry-only stores during December 2002 rose 10.7% compared with figures from the same period in 2001, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Monthly Retail Sales. For the fourth quarter, sales figures were 7.5% greater than they were in fourth quarter 2001.

Fourth-Quarter Sales at Jewelry-Only Stores

MONTH 2001 2002 Annual Change
Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s Monthly Retail Sales
Oct $1.7 billion $1.8 billion +5.9%
Nov $2.3 billion $2.3 billion no change
Dec $5.54 billion $6.13 billion +10.7%
Quarter Totals $9.5 billion $10.21 billion +7.6%