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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IlvlEDIATE RELEASE
A p r i l 2, 1956

G.7.U.1

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA j [ g R A R Y
0FG

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 1 9 5 6

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APR 3

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Amount
L
(In m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r
1955
1956
Feb. | J a n .
Feb.
Jan.

1956

ALICESBRVfe change
OF WflEflggy from
Year
Month
ago
ago

Sales 1/

p

332

348

307

31+0

- 5

+8

Stocks 1 /

p i , 204

1,133

rl,108

1,01$

+ 6

+ 9

Outstanding o r d e r s

p

U5i

435

r

415

386

+ 4

+9

Receipts 2/

P

403

342

r

367

321

+18

+10

New orders 2/

P

419

420

r

396

408

0

+6

Merchandising Ratios 3 /
Feb.

1956

Jan. ;

Feb.

1955

< cin*
J

1951-55 Average
Jan.
Feb.

Stocks t o S a l e s

p3.6

3.3

3.6

3.1

3.6

3.1

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

pl.4

1.3

rl.4

1.1

1.6

1.4

Stocks p l u s Outstanding
Orders to S a l e s

p5.0

4.5

r5.0

4.2

5.2

4.5

Receipts to Sales 2/

pi. 2

1.0

1.2

0.9

1.2

1.0

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
1 / Figures are based on the sample described i n the note below and are p r e sented here s o l e l y t o permit comparisons with changes i n orders and r e c e i p t s .
For monthly movements of t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s and s t o c k s , r e f e r t o
the r e g u l a r monthly s a l e s r e p o r t G.7.2 and stocks r e p o r t G . 7 . 4 . 2 , or the
Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2/ Receipts of goods are derived from the r e p o r t e d f i g u r e s on s a l e s and s t o c k s .
New orders are derived from r e c e i p t s and r e p o r t e d f i g u r e s on outstanding o r d e r s .
3 / The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders a t the end of t h e month
t o s a l e s during the month. The f i n a l r a t i o i s based on t o t a l s of s a l e s and
r e c e i p t s f o r the month.
Note:—These f i g u r e s are not e s t i m a t e s f o r a l l department s t o r e s i n the
United S t a t e s . They a r e the a c t u a l d o l l a r amounts r e p o r t e d by a group of
department s t o r e s l o c a t e d i n v a r i o u s c i t i e s throughout t h e country. In 1955#
s a l e s by t h e s e s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 per cent of e s t i m a t e d t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s . Figures f o r the most r e c e n t thirteen-month period are
shown r e g u l a r l y i n t h e B u l l e t i n . For d e s c r i p t i o n and back d a t a , January 1939
t o August 1952, see Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, pp. 1098-1102.

Back data may be obtained from t h e Board's Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s ,