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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THh FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3 , 1956

Pa.7.1ui

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1956
~ X ^ d series, based on retail dolla^/amounts
'
^"WE^r cent change
Amount
^
from
>
(In millions of dollars}1f>
Year
a Montfcf
1956
19J5?X '
ago
Oct.
Sept. Oct.
,3L

z

Sales 1/
Stocks 1/

^

pU8U

plk?5

iil.
tti

\ ? 9

rU77

1,335 rl36l

* 1

1,253 '% g » 1 0

+ 8

Outstanding orders

P587

598

r582

577

— 2

+1

Receipts 2/

p62U

526

r585

516

+19

+ 7

New orders 2/

p613

551

r590

5U5

+11

+ h

Merchandising Ratios 3/
1956
Oct. Sept.
*

1955
Oct, Sept.

1951-55 Average
Sept.
Oct.

Stocks to Sales

P3.0

3.0

2.9

2.9

2.9

3.0

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

pl .2

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.1

1.3

Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales

. pU.3

U.U

ii.l

W

U.o

k.3

Receipts to Sales 2/

pl.3

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

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 departmenttstore sales and stocks, refer to the
regular monthly sales report G.7.2 and stocks report G.7.U.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.
Notes—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 1955# 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 Reserve Bulletin for October 1952, pp. 1098-1102»
Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research & Statistics.