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B A D (F GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
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• FOR DI.ILDIATE RELEASE
A K l l 30, 1956

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REFERENCE Li rhu<r'.DEPARTMENT STORE M R H N IS It\l G DATA j3u6
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AUK OF CHICAGO
Selected s e r i e s , based on r e t a i l lollar amounts
Amount
Per cent change
(In millions of d o l l a r s )
March from
Month Year
1956
1955
Mar. | Feb.
Mar. | Feb.
ago
ago
393

307

+29

+ 9

rl,195

1,108

+ 5

+ 6

370

ia5

-11

+ 8

r

180

367

+23

+ 3

r

1+35

396

+ 6

+ 3

Sales 1/

P k29

332

Stocks 1 /

pi,271

1,205

Outstanding orders

P U01

U50

r

Receipts 2/

P

U95

hOb

New orders 2/

p

UU6

Ul9

r

Merchandising Ratios 3 /
1956
Mar.
Feb.

1955
Mar.
Feb.

1951-55 Average
Feb.
Mar.

Stocks to Sales

P3.0

3.6

3.0

3.6

3.2

3.6

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

p0.9

l.U

0.9

l.U

1.1

1.6

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

p3.9

5.0

U.o

5.0

w

5.2

Receipts t o Sales 2/

pl.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

p—Preliminary.
1/ Figures are based on the sample described in 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 stocks, r e f e r to
the regular monthly s a l e s report G.7.2 and stocks r e p o r t G.7.^*2, or the
Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n .
"1/ Receipts of goods are" derived from the reported f i g u r e s on sales and stocks.
New orders are derived from r e c e i p t s and reported f i g u r e s on outstanding orders
3/ The f i r s t three r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders a t the end of the month
to s a l e s during t h e month. The f i n a l r a t i o i s based on t o t a l s of sales and
r e c e i p t s f o r the month.
Notes—These f i g u r e s are not estimates f o r a l l department s t o r e s in the
United S t a t e s . They are the actual d o l l a r amounts reported by a group of
department s t o r e s located i n various c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1955#
s a l e s by these s t o r e s accounted f o r about $0 per cent of estimated 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 in the B u l l e t i n . For description and back data, January 1939
to August 1952, see Federal Reserve Bulletin f o r 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 .