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RESERVE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3i 1962

G.7,4.1

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
UNITED STATES - JUNE 1962
£
Selected series, based on retail do
Amount
a
(In millions of doll

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1961

1962

June

June

May

J a

v

^kcent change
June from
Year
ago

T y v P° nth

470

480

- 7

+ 1

rl,390

1,475

- 4

+ 8

621

418

+36

+ 9

r

385

458

-17

+ 5

r

588

490

+10

- 1

P

4?3

507

Stocks l/

pi, 503

1,571

Outstanding Orders

P

677

499

r

Receipts 2/

p

405

489

New Orders 2/

P

583

531

Stocks to Sales

1962
June | May
p 3.2
3.1

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

p 1.4

1.0

1.3

0.9

1.3

0.8

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

p 4.6

4.1

4.3

3.9

4.3

3.9

Receipts to Sales 2/

P 0.9

1.0

00
0

r

Sales l/

1.0

0.8

0.9

Merchandising Ratios
1961
May
June
3.1
3.0

V.

1957-61 average
May
June
3.0
3.1

p--pre1iminary
r—revised
l/ 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 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
.titates. They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department stores
'located in various cities throughout the country. In 1961, sales by these stores
accounted for about 45 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 Reserve
Bulletin for October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back data may be obtained from the

Board's Division of Research and Statistics.