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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
0,7.4.1

July 29, 1953.

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA — JUNE
(Selected series, based on retail value ££
Amount
(In millions of dollars)
1952
1953
June | May
- June J May
Sales- 1/

CHIC# 9) 376

Month
ago

t
ago

357

386

- 3

+5

1,184 rl,019

1,105

- 7

+8

387 r

Stocks 1/

pi,100

Outstanding orders

P

456

321 r

411

275

+42

+11

Receipts 2/

P

292

358 r

271

350

-18

+ 8

New orders 2/

P

427

355 r

407

330

+ 20

+ 5

atios 3/
Merchandising R.
k

f

-

' "

19)3
June 'May

1952
June.; May

1948-52 Average
May
June

Stocks to Sales

p 2.9

3*1

2.9

2.9

2.8

2.9

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

p 1.2

0.8

1.2

0.7

1.1

0.8

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

p 4.1

3.9

4.0

3.6

3.9

3.7

Receipts to Sales 2/

p 0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

^eliminary.
l/Fipures 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 0.7.2. and stocks report G.7*4*2, or the Federal
Reserve Bulletin.
2/R9ceipts 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
stores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1952, sales by
^•fchese stores accounted for about 50 per cent of estimated total department store
S t a l e s . Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and
Statistics. Figures for the most recent thirteen-month period are shown regularly
in the Bulletin.