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
|* December sums were preliminary at press time.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Monthly Retail Sales, unadjusted sums, in millions of dollars