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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 1963 G.7.4.1 f lno/iLE FtoFOAim-A 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 a m T UtmAQff 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 *