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Instalment accounts' "receivable of' department: stores' sh< T P
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crease in Jul£y $nd were 68 pe? .pent larger than' 9 year. Earlier; ' Collection's on- • • *
instalment accounts dropped h per cent below the"June volume, and represented
23 per cent of instalment accounts outstanding at the beginning of. the month, 'a
slightly lower ratio than, in. June. • At this rate of collection instalment"
accounts woulid b e outstanding about" seven and one-half months, a somewhat
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iongbr- period: than, prevailed- last year. '
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Change:accounts outstanding were reduced by about the customary amount'
in. July, but still': exceeded the;- year-ago.; leyel by 1$ per cent. Collections on
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charge accounts were 2 per cent.les? than i t the preceding month, &nd the ratidJ " . '
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of /these collections to accounts outstanding on July 1 declined one point to
Si per . cent. The average .repayment'-period for charge'accounts outstanding in ' "
July was approximately 59.days. • j
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The 'volume of both cash and credit sales declined seasonally from
June to July. Cash sales, accounting for 5 * per ..cent of'the total, were orlly1
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slightly above the July 19h7 volume.;. Instalment sales showed a year-to-year gain .of 39 per cent, and charge-account sales, 11 per cent.
Department' Store Sales,. Accounts Receivable and Collections
Percentage change from: :
June- I I . July 191*7
918
to
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July 1918
July 19^8 .
Sales during month
Cash .
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. Instalment
Charge account - '

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Accounts receivable, end of month ; ,
Instalment accounts
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Charge accounts '
Collections during- month
Instalment accounts ..
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Charge accounts
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+39
+11
+68
+15
+36
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Ratio of collections during month to accounts receivable at beginning of month.
•July
19L8 .

Instalment accounts
Charge accounts
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June
1918
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DigitizedNote.—Figures for July 19U8 are preliminary and subject to revision.
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DEPARTJ.LNT STORES - JULY 19^8
Cash and Credit Sales, by Federal Reserve Districts
Indexes; 19itl average = 100
Charge--account sales
Instalment sales
Cash sales
July
June
June
July
July
July
July
June
July
19b8p
19ii8p 1918
19b8
l?h8p
1917
19L7
1916
19k7

Federal
ReserveDistrict

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Boston
:York

227.
223

1#
1$6
190

Philadelphia
Cleveland -

211
213
219
237
239
219
2#
232
2L3
232

173

RichmondAtlanta
Chicago
St. Louis
•Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San .Francisco

2L2
2.06
19h
209
25l
2L0
210

. U S. Total
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,228

187

12$.
lUi 131.
18$

1L8
160
1#
181
161
230
195 1
196
208 :
250
253
221 .

259
lljp
209
187
208
28$
160

18L

160

112

100:

179
182

103
99

167

200
108
219
l6k

132
-81
1L8
112

136
127
1L5
162
119
186
161 ,

217

•111

167

192
209"
257

136

162

• l i7
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181.

182
12&

. 217

207
18L

173
178

208 '
195
213
215
2lh .
207
219
200
: 223

.115

215
2lh

112

118

.

129
119
132
159
116
1L8

15U
153
181

173

: 211 lh3
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159

-eserve Districts
deral i
Accounts Eecei-fable and Collections, by Fei
Federal -Reserve
District -. :
Boston -

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Nev York

Philadelphia
Cleveland.1
Richmond
Atlanta
Chicago '
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St. Louis .
"Minneapolis
Kansas City
Dallas
San Francisco
U. S. Total

Accounts 0 itstanding,end of month
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Collection ratios'""
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Indexes ; 19al averci. = .100
staLment " • Charge account's
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' In;
Instalment 1 Charge accounts
July June July July- June July July June July July June Jul)
19u8p 19li8 1917 19L8p 19k8 19L7 19L8p I9L8 19L7 19li8p l?k8 19i7
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23" -22
22
2h

160 - 186
178
158
176
205
176
213
173
153
167
183
165
195
186 . 209
189
158
163
183
181 - 199
172
191

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27

139' 22
17
139
.29
lh7

22

213
137

111
80
151 78
153 103
107 7 2
186 92
109 65
152 • 7 7
116 el.
181 8 2
236 9h
136 91

139

136

168

116

-95
115
1L7

172'

107'
193
109
153
1U5

185

10k

117

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83

193

lb2
138
115
153

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.23
liil 20
18
13?
152 . ,32
156

lL6

23

23

20

25

2k

2h

15

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53
50

Sh

37
37
62
53
57

-L5

21
18

21
25

3h
25

hi

62

33
32
35

5L
57
56
53

17
29 .
30 • ho
2L

28

15

U5

35
38

h3

53
hi

61
56

56
52

6h

62

56
60
,61
65

51

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- Collections. during month as percentage of accounts 'receivable at beginning
of month.
ICOT'E.—These- data are based on reports of about L7$ large department stores
reporting, sales by .type of transaction, more than IjOO having charge accounts and
about 300 having instalment accounts. Back figures may.be obtained on request, from
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Digitized Division of"research and Statistics.