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

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