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G.7 »H»1 BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM December 1, 1953 DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA — OCTOBER _ (Selected series, based on retail value figurs^^)^ Percent Amount lDet@ber from (In millions of dollars) "T9?2 7 % Monthfot-Year "1953" ^go Sepfeyr % Oct. Sept, Oct. JJ2 % h$2 389 rl,237 rl,137 + 8 +5 U92 r 577 r 596 - 6 -20 531 159 r 552 r U82 +16 - k 502 U6o r 533 537 + 9 - 6 Sales 1/ P 'hko 388 Stocks 1/ pi,297 1,206 Outstanding orders P U63 Receipts 2[ P New orders 2/ P r '0,^-3 Merchandising Ratios 3/ 1953 Sept. 3.1 19U8-52 Average 1952 Sept. Sept. Oct. Oct. 2.0 2.ti 2.9 2.7 Stocks to Sales Oct. P 2.9 Outstanding Orders to Sales pl.l 1.3 1.3 1.5 1.3 1.5 Stocks plus 0 tstanding Orders to Sales pU.O U.U lt.0 u.u h.i U.3 Receipts to Sales 2/ pi.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 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.lw2, 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 stores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1952, sales by these stares 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 Reserve Bulletin for October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and Statistics*