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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

G.7.4.1
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DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
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UNITED STATES - JUNE 19!?$

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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.