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G.7.4.1

BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 1959.
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

Zz

Afty

UNITED STATES - JUNE 1959

0*

,
y
Selected series, based on retail dollar amounts)x
Amount
P H V ? f t x?hange
§y/el
(In millions of dollars)
i£Month
1958
1959
ago
ago
June I May
June I May

Sales 1/
Stocks l/

r 401

441

- 1

+12

1,305 1,365 rl,232

1,313

— 4

+ 6

449

453

Outstanding Orders

604

418 r

480

323

+44

+26

Receipts 2/

389

414 r

320

408

— 6

+22

New Orders 2/

575

444 r

477

415

+30

+21

Merchandising Ratios 3/
1959
June ] Kay

1958
June
May

1.3

0.9

1.2

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

4.3

3.9

4.3

Receipts to Sales 2/

0.9

0.9

3.0

0.7

1.2

0.7

3.7

4.1

3.7

ON
O

1—1

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

2.9

0.8

0.9

cA

3.0

O

2.9

00
0

Stocks to Sales

19 54-58 Average
June
May

p—Preliminary,
r—Revised*
l/ 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 0.7.4.2 or the Federal Reserve
Bulletin.
2/ Receipts of goods are derived from the reported figures on sales and stocks.
New Orders are derived from receipts and reported figures on outstanding orders,
2/ 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 1958, sales by these
stores accounted for about 45 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,