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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

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G.7.4.1
DATA FILL
CCCRFNCE U3RAh'DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
FE*DWLR£SEKVEBANK

UNITED STATES

OF CHICAGO

JULY 1957
Per cent changes:,.-/
July from
I ear
Month
ago
ago

Amount
(In millions of dollars)
1956
1957
July | June July | June
356

FOR M E D I A T E RELEASE
August 2y>4.957,.
•»o

-13

+ 5

1,196

- 1

+ 6

592

501*

+13

- 1

313 r

325

332

+10

+ 6

1*77 r

1*13

1*96

-13

0

409 r

340

Sales 1f

p

Stocks 1/

pi,21*6 1,257 rl,l8l

Outstanding orders

P

587

519 r

Receipts <2/

P

345

New orders 2/

P

1)13

1*20

Merchandising Ratios 3/
1956

1
i

*

1957

July| June

average
July
|

June

Stocks to Sales

3.1

3.5

2.8

3.1*

2.9

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

P 1.6

1.3

1.7

1.2

1.7

1.1

Stocks plus Outstanding
ing Orders to Sales

P 5.1

1*»3

5.2

4.0

5.1

U.o

Receipts to Sales 2/

•

P 3.5

P 1.0

0.8

1.0

0.8

0.9

0.8

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 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 first three rations 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 stores located
in various cities throughout the country. In 1956, sales by these stores accounted
|for about 50 per cent of 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.