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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 12

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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A PHILADELPHIA INSTITUTION

Profile America Wednesday, March 12th. One of the most famous department stores in America opened in Philadelphia on this date in 1877. Wanamaker's, now absorbed into the Macy's family of department stores, opened in a converted train station and is now a national historic landmark. The store was among the first in the country to make the experience of shopping as much a draw as the merchandise itself, pioneered the use of the price tag, and was the first to install a restaurant on the premises. In the U.S. today, there are just over 8,500 traditional department stores, including leased departments, employing over a half-million people and generating nearly $185 billion in annual sales. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources:
http://www.raken.com/american_wealth/merchant_princes/Wanamaker_4.asp  
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_44A1&prodType=table NAICS 452111  http://www.census.gov/retail/index.html#arts  Annual Retail Trade Survey—2011: Sales (1992-2011) 
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-17269945.html  

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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