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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF Hit FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Janu^ryyS, 1958.

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DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

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L # % % g D STATES - NOVEMBER 1957

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based on retail dollar amounts) ^ ChHn'^.v^
Per cent chan,
Amount
November from
(In millions of dollars)
Year
"Month
1957 "
1956"
ago
ago
Oct.
Nov.
Eov. j Oct:

LQperies,

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+lk

- 5

1,178

+ 2

+ 1

U76

587

-20

-11

599

627

635

-

561 r

516

622

-16

Sales 1/

p

U8l

577

U86

Stocks 1/

pl,5UU 1,518

rl,528

Outstanding orders

P

U2U

529

Receipts 2/

P

57h

P

U69

^^lew orders 2/

5U8

r

h

- 8

- 9

Merchandising Ratios 3/
1952-56
average
October
November
2.9
2.7

Stocks to Sales

1957
Nov.
Oct.
p 2.8
3.2

1956
Nov. | Oct.
2.6
3.0

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

p 0.8

1.1

0.8

1.2

0.9

1.2

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

P 3.6

U.3

3.5

U.2

3.5

U.i

Receipts to Sales 2/

p 1.0

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.1

1.2

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.U.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
^fcstores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1956, sales by these
^^stores accounted for about 50 per cent of 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 BoarH"rs Division of Research and Statistics.