Jewelry-Only Stores Post Sales Gains

Preliminary sales reports are in from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2003, and the news is good: Sales at jewelry-only stores were up nearly 7% over 2002 figures. For the five-year period 1999-2003, sales increased a little over 11.5% overall.

For the fourth quarter of 2003, sales increased 9.5% over figures for the same period the year before.

Fourth-Quarter Sales Compared

Month 2002 2003 % Change
* December sums were preliminary at press time.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Monthly Retail Sales, unadjusted sums, in millions of dollars
October $1,686 $1,851 +9.8%
November $2,240 $2,410 +7.6%
December* $5,897 $6,499 +10.2%
Fourth-Quarter Totals $9,823 $10,760 +9.5%