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G.7.4.1

BOAfit) OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
De<5jfembpr 1, 1959.
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DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA/}' .
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1959

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1 s e r i e s , oasea on r e t a i l d o l l a r amoi
Amount
( I n m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
1959
1958
October I S e p t .
October! S e p t .

P e r c e n t change
October from
Month
Year
ago
ago

Sales 1/

472

502

451

+13

+ 6

pl,578

1,483

rl,5l8

1,394

+ 6

+ 4

P

604

627

r

543

552

- 4

+11

Receipts 2/

•

531

Outstanding Orders
e

P

Stocks l /

e

P

626

575

r

626

568

+ 9

0

New Orders 2/

P

603

571

r

617

580

+ 6

- 2

1
Merchandising Rati<3S, 2 /
1959
Sept.
October

•

1958
Sept.
October

1954-58 Average
OctoberI Sept.

Stocks t o S a l e s

•

P

3.0

3.1

3.0

3.1

3.0

3.0

Outstanding Orders
t o Sales

P

1.1

1.3

1.1

1,2

1.1

1.3

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders t o Sales

P

4.1

4.5

4.1

4.3

4.1

4.3

Receipts t o Sales 2/

P

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.3

1.2

1.2

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised,
l / Figures are based on t h e sample described i n t h e note below and are presented
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 monthl y movements of t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s and s t o c k s , r e f e r t o t h e r e g u l a r
monthly s a l e s r e p o r t G.7.2 and stocks r e p o r t G.7.4.2 or t h e Federal Reserve
Bulletin.
2/ Receipts of goods are derived from t h e r e p o r t e d f i g u r e s on s a l e s and s t o c k s .
New Orders are derived from r e c e i p t s and r e p o r t e d f i g u r e s on outstanding o r d e r s .
2 / The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders a t t h e end of t h e month t o
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 s a l e s and r e c e i p t s
f o r the month.
Note:—These f i g u r e s are not e s t i m a t e s f o r a l l department s t o r e s i n t h e United
^S ta te s . They a r e t h e a c t u a l d o l l a r amounts reported by a group of department
stores l o c a t e d i n v a r i o u s c i t i e s throughout t h e country, In 1958, s a l e s by these
s t o r e s accounted f o r about 4-5 per cent of t h e estimated t o t a l department s t o r e
s a l e s . Figures f o r t h e most r e c e n t thirteen-month period are shown r e g u l a r l y i n
t h e B u l l e t i n . For d e s c r i p t i o n and back d a t a , January 1939 t o August 1952, see
Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back d a t a may be obDigitized for t a i n e d from t h e Board's Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s ,
FRASER