Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2003-29
July 21, 2003
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LIFO; price indexes; department stores. The May 2003 Bureau of Labor Statistics price indexes are accepted for use by department stores employing the retail inventory and last-in, first-out inventory methods for valuing inventories for tax years ended on, or with reference to, May 31, 2003.
The following Department Store Inventory Price Indexes for May 2003 were issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The indexes are accepted by the Internal Revenue Service, under § 1.472-1(k) of the Income Tax Regulations and Rev. Proc. 86-46, 1986-2 C.B. 739, for appropriate application to inventories of department stores employing the retail inventory and last-in, first-out inventory methods for tax years ended on, or with reference to, May 31, 2003.
The Department Store Inventory Price Indexes are prepared on a national basis and include (a) 23 major groups of departments, (b) three special combinations of the major groups — soft goods, durable goods, and miscellaneous goods, and (c) a store total, which covers all departments, including some not listed separately, except for the following: candy, food, liquor, tobacco, and contract departments.
|BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, DEPARTMENT STORE INVENTORY PRICE INDEXES BY DEPARTMENT GROUPS (January 1941 = 100, unless otherwise noted)|
|Groups||May 2002||May 2003||Percent Change from May 2002 to May 20031|
|2.||Domestics and Draperies||586.9||557.6||-5.0|
|3.||Women's and Children's Shoes||647.5||637.0||-1.6|
|8.||Women's and Girls' Accessories||558.0||550.2||-1.4|
|9.||Women's Outerwear and Girls' Wear||386.7||374.5||-3.2|
|12.||Boys' Clothing and Furnishings||495.5||463.5||-6.5|
|15.||Toilet Articles and Drugs||975.0||979.7||0.5|
|16.||Furniture and Bedding||626.4||620.2||-1.0|
|20.||Radio and Television||50.4||45.9||-8.9|
|21.||Recreation and Education2||86.9||83.4||-4.0|
|Groups 1-15: Soft Goods||586.0||568.1||-3.1|
|Groups 16-20: Durable Goods||413.1||397.1||-3.9|
|Groups 21-23: Misc. Goods2||96.8||94.7||-2.2|
|1 Absence of a minus sign before the percentage change in this column signifies a price increase.|
|2 Indexes on a January 1986 = 100 base.|
|3 The store total index covers all departments, including some not listed separately, except for the following: candy, food, liquor, tobacco and contract departments.|
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