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BOARD OF GOVBM\tORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jul^f 1^1958.

G.7.U.1
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

MTA FIU
REFERENCE LIBRARJ UNITED STATES - MAY 1958
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
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Amount
May from
(In millions of dollars)
Year
Month
U57
"~TF55
ago
ago
May
T Apr.
Apr.
May

Sales 1/

p

UUl

hl6

kh9

hh3

+ 6

- 2

Stocks 1/

pi,308

1,3UU

rl,350

1,380

- 3

- 3

Outstanding orders

p

322

310

35U

3U2

+ h

- 9

Receipts 2/

p

U05

h61 r

kl 9

U80

-12

- 3

P

U17

U21 r

U31

U13

- 1

- 3

^New Orders 2/

r

Merchandising Ratios 3/
1953-57 Average
May
| Apr.
3.0
3.1

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.8

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

P

3.7

U.o

3.8

3.9

3.8

3.9

Receipts to Sales 2/

P

0.9

1.1

0.9

1.1

0.9

1.1

O

P

CO

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

Apr.
3.1

CO

Stocks to Sales

May
3.0

0

19bl

1958
Apr.
May
3.2
P 3.0

p—Preliminary.
r—revised.
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.
Hew 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 1957, sales by these
stores accounted for about U5 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.