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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 19/9^*.

G.7.4.1

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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

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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

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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.