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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE REIEASE
December U, 1957

G.7 «i-ul
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

fCs

D A U H IE
REFERENCE LIBRARY UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1957
EDERAL RESERVE BMW
OF &flfaftftflpted s e r i e s , based on r e t a i l d o l l a r

Per cem
October from 'MGn
Tear
Month
ago
ago

Amount
( i n millions of d o l l a r s )
"1955"
1957
'
Oct. I Sept,
Oct, | Sept.

Sales 1 /

p

Stocks l /

pl,5l8

U86

UU2

+10

-1

rl,U78

1,329

+ 8

+3

ij.38 r

U8l

i,koo

J? 'sT

Outstanding orders P

531

567

r

587

600

- 6

-10

Receipts 2 /

P

599

538

r

635

512

+11

-6

New orders 2 /

P

563

536

r

622

537

+ 5

-9

Merchandising Ratios 3 /

#

1957
1

•

* 1' V " **

1956

Oct, ! S e p t .

Oct, | S e p t .

Oct,

1952-56
average

Sept,

Stocks to S a l e s

e

3.2

3.0

3.0

2,9

3.0

Outstanding Orders
t o Sales

P 1.1

1.3

12
.

lU
.

1,2

1.3

Stocks p l u s Outstanding Orders to S a l e s

e

p 3.2

P U.3

14.5

r U.2

UU
.

h.i

ii.3

Receipts to S a l e s 2 /

p 1.2

1.2

1.3

1.2

12
.

1.2

p—Preliminary,
r—Revised,
1 / Figures are based on the sample described i n the note below and are presented
here s o l e l y t o permit comparisons with changes in orders and r e c e i p t s . For monthly
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 the 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.U.2 or the Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2 / Receipts of goods are derived from the reported 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 orders,
y
The f i r s t three r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders at the end of the month to
s a l e s during the 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 estimates f o r a l l department s t o r e s i n the United
tetates.
They are the a c t u a l d o l l a r amounts r e p o r t e d ty a group of department
s t o r e s l o c a t e d i n v a r i o u s c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1956, s a l e s by these
s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 per cent of estimated t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s .
Figures f o r the most r e c e n t thirteen-month period are shown r e g u l a r l y i n the
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 to August 1952, see Federal
Digitized for Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, pp. 1098-1102.
FRASER
Back data may be obtained from
http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/
the Board's Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s ,
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis