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B A D OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM OR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 1957 G.7.4.1 DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA UNITED STATES - N V M E 1?56 O E BR # Selected s e r i e s , based on r e t a i l doliLar amounts Amount Per cent change (in millions of d o l l a r s ) November from 1956 Month 1955 Year Nov, Oct. Nov. Oct. ago ago • Sales 1/ Stocks 1/ Outstanding orders Receipts 2/ P . 578 Pl,522 P 477 p 625 0 New orders 2/ P * ^ • 5 lli 485 1,175 588 625 r .552 rl,425 r 488 r 616 615 r 522 477 1,361 582 585 +19 + 3 -19 0 + + + 590 -16 - 2 5 7 2 1 Merchandising Ratios 3/ 1956 Nov* j Oct. Stocks t o Sales P Outstanding Orders t o Sales p Stocks plus Outstanding Orders t o Sales P Receipts t o Sales 2/ P *• . V * * 1955 Nov. Oct. 1951-55 Average Nov. Oct. 2.6 3.0 2.6 2.9 2*7 2.9 0.8 1.2 0.9 1.2 0.9 1.1 3.5 1.1 4.3 1.3 3.5 1.1 4.1 1.2 3.5 1.1 4.0 1.2 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 i n 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 stocks, r e f e r to the regular monthly s a l e s report G.7.2 and stocks report G.7.4.2 or the Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n . 2/ Receipts of good are derived from the reported f i g u r e s on sales and stocks. New orders are derived from r e c e i p t s and reported f i g u r e s on outstanding orders* 3/ The f i r s t three r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders a t the end of the month t o sales 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 sales 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 in the United S t a t e s . They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department stores located i n various c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1955, sales by these s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 per cent of estimated t o t a l department store s a l e s . Figures f o r the most recent thirteen-month period are shown r e g u l a r l y i n the Bulletijn. For description and back d a t a , January 1939 t o August 1952, see Federal Reserve Bulletin f o r October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s *