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B A D OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
OR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 1956

G-7.U.1

DATA FILE

?43

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

FPnEcDE5NCE UBRARY

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

UNITED STATES - JUNE 1956

LIBRARY

Amount
(In millions of d o l l a r s )
1956
1955
June j May
June | May
Sales 1/

p

1*17

U38

Stocks 1 /

pi,187

1,275

Outstanding orders

P

500

P

329

p

1*91

U01

1*05

- 5

+6

rl,127

1,196

- 7

+5

1*1*9

310

+1*8

+11

323

385

—18

+ 2

1*62

361*

+22

+6

399

New orders 2/

N G E

392

r

338

Receipts 2/

M,M

v

Merchandising Ratios 3 /
1956
June
May

1955
June | May

1951-55 Average
June
May

Stocks t o Sales

p2.8

2.9

2.9

3.0

3.0

3.1

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

pi.2

0.8

rl.l

0.8

1.1

0.8

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders t o Sales

pl*.0

3.7

lt.O

3.7

l*.l

3.9

Receipts to Sales 2/

p0.8

0.9

. 0.8

1.0

0.8

0.9

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
1/ Figures are based on the sample described i n the note below and are p r e sented here s o l e l y to permit comparisons with changes in orders and r e c e i p t s .
For monthly movements of t o t a l department s t o r e sales and stocks, r e f e r t o
the regular monthly s a l e s report G.7.2 and stocks r e p o r t G,7.i*.2, or the
Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2/ Receipts of goods are derived from the reported f i g u r e s on s a l e s and stocks.
New orders are derived from r e c e i p t s and reported f i g u r e s on outstanding orders«
3 / The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders a t the end of the month
to s a l e s during the month. The f i n a l r a t i o i s based on t o t a l s of sales and
r e c e i p t s for the month.
Npte:—These f i g u r e s are not estimates for a l l department s t o r e s i n the
United S t a t e s . They are the actual d o l l a r amounts reported by a group of
department stores located in various c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1955,
s a l e s by these s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 per cent of estimated t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s . Figures f o r the most recent thirteen-month period are
shown r e g u l a r l y in the B u l l e t i n . For description and back data, January 1939
to August 1952, see Federal Reserve Bulletin f o r October 1952, pp. 1098-1102.
Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s . :