Quarterly Shipments, 1943 and 1944
Quarter Total Units Commercial Other
2nd " 181,380 92 8
3rd " 834,728 73 27
4th " 835,961 55 45
1944 - Total 5,113,414 70 30
1st Quarter 975,675 62 38
2nd " 1,411,905 70 30
3rd " 1,319,503 76 24
4th " 1,406,331 71 29
"Commercial" shipments include those going to wholesalers, distributors, retailers and other outlets normally selling to industrial plants, commercial concerns and households.
"Other" shipments include direct purchases from the manufacturer by military and export agencies, etc.
There was no production of alarm clocks during the latter half of 1942, because the supervisory personnel, skilled labor and machinery of the industry were urgently needed for direct war work. When production was resumed on a limited basis, it was arranged that "victory models" be made by specified manufacturers; however, victory models were pro-rated among all pre-war manufacturers who in turn, channelled the distribution of these clocks through their wholesale and retail customers.
Although the industry is still heavily engaged in war production, this concentration of production of alarm clocks and the pooling plan were discontinued 31, 1944, and controls defining type and specifications of clocks and materials were relaxed. Each manufacturer is now free to make his own clocks.
These data cover all alarm clocks, both spring wound and electric, representing shipments of the entire industry.