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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
Nbvember 2,-1945
R&S dsc - 36
"DEPARTMENT STORE CREDIT
SEPTEMBER 1945
I n s t a l m e n t nccounts o u t s t a n d i n g a t department s t o r e s i n c r e a s e d
s - l i g h t l y in September when l i t t l e change is u s u a l , b u t remained near the l e v e l
o-f r year ago. C.ollootions cn i n s t a l m e n t a c c o u n t s c o n t i n u e d t o i n c r e a s e , 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 per c e n t , two p o i n t s h i g h e r than i n t h e
preceding month. I n s t a l m e n t "c count's were c o l l e c t e d , on the o v e r a g e , in
-nearly f i v e months , * s l i g h t l y longer p e r i o d t h a n f o r September l o s t - y e a r ,
Chnrge a c c o u n t s r e c e i v a b l e showed l e s s , than' t h e u s u a l s e a s o n a l r i s e
in September and a t t h e end of the' npnth'..were f i v e per c e n t l a r g e r t h a n "on t h e
c o r r e s p o n d i n g d a t e l a s t y e a r . C o l l e c t i o n s on charge a c c o u n t s remained a t t h e
August l e v e l end the c o l l e c t i o n . r a t i o was unchanged a t 63 per c e n t . The
average period charge a c c o u n t s were o u t s t a n d i n g was a p p r o x i m a t e l y 48 days,
a s compared w i t h n e a r l y 47 days in the c o r r e s p o n d i n g month of -1944'.
Both cash and c r e d i t s a l e s showed about t h e customary s e a s o n a l i n - '
c r c " s e in September, Cash s a l e s , which comprised 63 per c e n t of t h e t o t a l ,
continued somewhat l a r g e r than l a s t y e a r . . C h a r g e - a c c o u n t s a l e s were in about
t h e s ^ e volume as a y e a r a g o , w h i l e i n s t a l m e n t s a l e s were down f i v e per c e n t .
Department S t o r e Sa l e s , . Accounts R e c e i v a b l e and C o l l e c t ! o n s
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P e r c e n t a g e change from:
August 1945 !September 1944
to
'to
September 1945 Seotenber 1945

S a l e s during" month
Cash.
Instalment
Charge a c c o u n t
Accounts r e c e i v a b l e , end
Instalment accounts
Charge a c c o u n t s
C o l l e c t i o n s d u r i n g month
I n s t a l m e n t accounts
Charge a c c o u n t s

+ 9
+19

+ 5
- 5
+ 1

+ 3
+13

- 1
+ 5

+ 3
- 1

- 5
+ 7

+12 '

R a t i o of c o l l e c t i o n s --'ur ii
Sept.
1945
Instalment accounts
Charge Accounts




•35
63

Sept.
1944 '

Aug.
1945
33.
63

.

36 '
64.

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1945
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112
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121
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116
117

Accounts R e c e i v a b l e one C o l l e c t i o n s , by F e d e r a l Reserve D i s t r i c t s

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District

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1 9 4 5
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• 63
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durir.^ month ns p-:r c-.nt of "ocounts r e c e i v a b l e . « t b e g i n n i n g of

. r . ^ o c« t* r-r-; 'br-?td on r e p o r t s •-€
out 475 l ^ r q e department s t o r e s r e p o r t i n : r - l e o by type 'of t r a n s a c t i o n , more th^n 400 h - v i n r charge a c c o u n t s end
b u t 300 having i n s t a l m e n t r c c o u n t s . ? p c k f i gures n*»-y be obtained on r e q u e s t
f r om, the D i v i s i o n - ? Pes- «rch nnd S t a t i s t i c s ,