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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1960. Department of Business.


Copyright 1960, the author. Used by permission.


This study attempts to provide information which should be of value to the business people and to the consumers of North Dakota concerning the retail and wholesale structure by which good are distributed in North Dakota.

North Dakota is almost entirely an agricultural state. Some of its chief products are barley, wheat and flax. Between the 1930s and the 1950s, the population of the state decreased.During the same time period, retail establishments decreased in number.The food, apparel, furniture, automotive, lumber and building material, and drug store retail groups all showed losses in numbers of establishment.The eating and drinking establishments, gasoline service stations and the general merchandise group showed increases in this period.

Between 1929 and 1954, retail sales volume had increased from $235,000,000 to $662,000,000.Sales of all types of retail establishments increased rapidly during this time; however, the automotive and lumber and building supply retail group increased with particular speed.Adjusted for price increases, the physical volume of retail sales was generally up in the counties of North Dakota, with the exception of the counties of Billings and Slope.

It is hoped that this study will beneficial to those affected directly or indirectly by the retail sales group.

Advisor: Earl S. Fullbrook