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7- 7^x3 BOARD OF UOMtifcS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM G.7.U.1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ApiU 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. «