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TV? 6.7.U.1 B A D OF G V R O S OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM OR OENR FOR IMMEDIATE REIEASE April 3, 1957 D P R M N STORE MERCHANDISING D T EA T E T AA „ ^ 'A, UNITED STATES - F B U R 1957 <£ ERAY h: Sales 1/ % > - Seled ;ed series> based on r e t a i l dollar amtfyjrtf Per cdfct^IMiahges Amount Febru%y%grcm (In millions of dollars) %^r Month 1956 1957 ago ago Feb. | Jan. Feb. | Jan. 0 p 336 362 r 336 351 - 7 1,144 + 5 +4 45l 437 + 6 +2 407 347 +17 -1 424 - 1 435 r 421 Merchandising Ratios 3f +2 1,196 r l , 2 l 5 Stocks 1/ pi,261 Outstanding orders P 459 1*31 r Receipts 2 j p 401 3UU r New orders 2/ P 429 <0 <D 1956 Feb. 1 Jan. If 1957 Fob*, | Jan. Feb* Jan. Stocks t o Sales Outstanding Orders t o Sales Stocks plus Outstanding Orders t o Sales p 3.8 3.3 3.6 3.3 3*6 3.2 p 1.4 1.2 rl.3 1.2 1,4 1.2 P 5.1 4.5 5.0 4.5 5.0 4.4 Receipts to Sales 2/ p 1.2 1.0 1.2 1.0 1.2 1.0 ~y 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, r e f e r to the regular monthly sales report G.7»2 and stocks report G.7*4.2 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 f i r s t three ratios are of stocks and/or orders at the end of the month To sales during the month. The f i n a l r a t i o i s based on totals of sales and receipts for the month. Notes—-These figures are not estimates for a l l department stores in the United States. They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department stores located in various c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1956, sales by these stores accounted for about 50 per cent of estimated total department store sales. Figures f o r the most recent thirteen-month period are shown 'regularly in the Bulletin. For description and back data, January 1939 to August 1952, see Federal Reserve Bulletin for October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s .