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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 1963

G.7.4.1
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rCUtKAL RESERVE RAiim

Sales l/

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1963

As

4 %

%

OF ruip/»isel™ed series, based on retail dollar amoapts
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Amount
^ A P e r cajit cMnge
m Amount
(In millions of dollars)
Year
19.62
1961
ago
Sept.
Oct.
Sept.
Oct.
•
& § *
0
+ 9
493
556
509
p 556
rl,834

1,702

+ 9

+ 5

r

662

710

- 7

+ 3

650

r

688

624

+10

+ 4

667

r

640

660

- 1

+ 3

1,768

Stocks l/

pi>929

Outstanding Orders

p

684

739

Receipts 2/

p

717

New Orders 2/

p

662

Merchandising Ratios 3/
1963

Oct.

1

1958-62

1962

Oct,

Sept„

1

Sept.

Oct.

average
Sept.

Stocks to Sales

P 3.5

3.5

3.3

3.5

3.2

3.3

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

p 1.2

1.5

1.2

1.4

1.2

1.3

Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales

p 4.7

4.9

4.5

4.9

4.3

4,6

Receipts to Sales 2/

P 1.3

1.3

rl.2

1.3

1.2

1.2

i

—

A
p—Preliminary
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
States. They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department
stores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1962 sales by these
stores accounted for more than 40 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 *