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r- ^ j BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2, 19/9^*. G.7.4.1 sS!::: 'X, DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1958 Amount (In millions of dollars) 1958 1957 Dec. Nov. Dec. j Nov. 559 +70 + 8 rl,231 1,568 -21 0 305 428 -28 + 9 r 505 604 - 2 +14 r 382 501 -12 +17 p pi,233 1,567 Outstanding orders A P 331 162 r Receipts 2/ P 578 589 P 447 506 ^^New Orders 2/ 912 842 Sales 1/ Stocks 1/ * 538 Per cent change ^ Q Q December J from Year Month ago ago r Merchandising Ratios 3/ e iyj?y Dec. j Nov. 1.5 2.8 P o.U 0.9 P 1.7 3.8 1.8 Receipts to Sales 2/ p 0.6 1.1 0.6 1953-57 Average Dec. | Nov. 1.4 2.7 CO CO 0 0 Outstanding Orders to Sales Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales £ 0 Stocks to Sales 1950 Dec. Nov. P 1.4 2.9 0.4 0.8 3.6 1.8 3.5 1.1 0.6 1.1 & 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 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. Few 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 ^gtores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1958, sales by these tores accounted for about 45 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.