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I n s t a l m e n t a c c o u n t s o u t s t a n d i n g . a t d e p a r t m e n t s t o r e s ' a t t h e end of
March remained a t the F e b r u a r y l e v e l , b u t were n i n e p e r c e n t ."higher t h a n a y e a r
earlier.
C o l l e c t i o n s on i n s t a l m e n t a c c o u n t s i n c r e a s e d 13 p e r c e n t , r e s u l t i n g ' -in
a c o l l e c t i o n - r a t i o of 35 p e r c e n t , f i v e p o i n t s h i g h e r , t h a n i n t h e p r e v i o u s jnonth.
I n s t a l m e n t a c c o u n t s were c o l l e c t e d . i n a r ound f o u r and o n e - h a l f months, a b o u t
the some a v e r a g e as f o r March' 1945 •
Charge a c c o u n t s r e c e i v a b l e showed s u b s t a n t i a l l y more t h a n t h e u s u a l
s e a s o n a l i n c r e a s e , and c o n t i n u e d . w e l l above l a s t y e a r ' s l e v e l .
C o l l e c t i o n s on
c h a r g e a c c o u n t s showed l i t t l e c h a n g e , b u t the c o l l e c t i o n r a t i o i n c r e a s e d f o u r
p o i n t s t o 61; p e r c e n t . "Charge a c c o u n t s were o u t s t a n d i n g a p p r o x i m a t e l y 47 days
e s compared w i t h a b o u t 46 days a y e a r a g o .
Cash and i n s t a l m e n t s a l e s a t d e p a r t m e n t s t o r e s rose" subs t & n t i a l l y i n '
March. The more marked i n c r e a s e i n c h a r g e - a c c o u n t - s a l e s was p r o b a b l y a t t r i b u t a b l e
in p a r t t o e a r l y E a s t e r s h o p p i n g . Cash s a l e s , n o w c o m p r i s i n g o n l y 59 p e r c e n t of
t h e t o t a l , we're up s l i g h t l y o v e r t h e volume of t h e p r e c e d i n g year.. Both t y p e s
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of c r e d i t s a l e s i n c r e a s e d 15 p e r c e n t oyer t h e y e a r - p e r i o d .
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