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BOARD OF UOMtifcS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
G.7.U.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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DATA FILE
DEPARTMENT STORE
REFERENCE LIBRA**
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK UNITED STATES
OF CHICAGO

MERCHANDISING DATA
- FEBRUARY 1958

Amount
(In millions of dollars)
1958
1957
Feb.
Jan.
i'eb,
Jan,

L?fi/S8Rv
APR 3 m
Per cent change
February from
Month
Year
ago
ago

Sales 1/

P

309

366

336

365

-16

- 8

Stocks 1/

pi,260

1,203

1,252

rl,203

+ 5

+ 1

Outstanding orders

P

397

383

161

r

k

-Ik

Receipts 2/

P

366

3U0

r

385

r 357

+ 8

- 5

New Orders 2/

P

380

U16

r

U19

bk$

- 9

-10

h27

+

Merchandising Ratios 3/
195b
Feb. r
Jan.

" 1957
Feb.
Jan.

1953-57 Average
Feb.
Jan.

Stocks to Sales

W

3.3

3.7

3.3

3.6

3.2

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

P

1.3

1,0

1.1*

1.2

l.U

1.2

Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales

P

5.U

U.3

5.1

U.5

5".o

u.u

Receipts to Sales 2/

#

P

p

1.2

0.9

1.1

1.0

1.2

1.0

P—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
1/ Figures are based on the sample described in the note below and are presented
here solely to permit comparisons with changes in orders and receipts. For monthly
movements of total department store sales and stocks, refer to the regular monthly'
sales report 0.7.2 and stocks report G.7.1+.2 or the Federal Reserve Bulletin.
2/ Receipts of goods are derived from the reported figures on sales and stocks.
New orders are derived from receipts and reported figures on outstanding orders.
3/ The first three ratios are of stocks and/or orders at the end of the month to
sales during the month. The final ratio is based on totals of sales and receipts
for the month.
Note:—These figures are not estimates for all department stores in the United
States. They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department
tores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1957, sales by these
tores accounted for about k5 per cent of the estimated total department store sales,
figures for the most recent thirteen-month period are shown regularly in the
Bulletin. For description and back data, January 1939 to August 1952, see Federal
Keserve Bulletin for October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back data may be obtained from
the Board's Division of Research and Statistics.

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