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T k j BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE G.7.4.1 . c\\5- DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA C UNITED STATES - JUNE 19!?$ ^ JlL (Jtp v " x V v QV OPICUI/CU OCX xc Amount (In millions of dollars) 1954 1955 June | May June May % 1 / " ^ES'<rfe£nt change VQne from lear Month ago ago 373 - 3 + 3 rl,070 1,164 - 6 + 5 306 r 392 250 +44 +13 321 375 r 286 351 -14 +12 157 373 r 428 320 +23 + 7 Sales 1/ P 390 .403 Stocks 1/ pi,119 1,188 Outstanding orders p UU2 Receipts 2/ P New orders 2/ P r 330 Merchandising Ratios 3/ 1955 May June 1951 May June iyj?0-j?4 Average June May Stocks to Sales P2.9 2.9 2.8 3.1 2.9 3.0 Outstanding Orders to Sales pl.l 0.8 1.0 0.7 1.1 0.8 Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales p4.0 3.7 r3.8 3.8 4.0 3.8 Receipts to Sales 2/ p0.8 0.9 r0.8 0.9 0.8 0.9 r—Revised. p—Preliminary. 1/ Figures are based on the sample described in the note below and are presented here solely to permit comparisons vdth 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. Sew orders are derived from receipts and reported figures on outstanding ordersf 3/ The first three ratios are of stocks and/or orders at the end of the month £o 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 1954* sales by these stores accounted for about $0 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 Board's Division of Research and Statistics.