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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June

G.7.4.1

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DATA FfLE

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DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

OF CHICAGO

J UN 2 3 1956

UNITED STATES - MAY 1956

FEDERAL RESERVE
Amount
( I n m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
1955
1956
Apr.
May
Apr,
May
405

414

+14

+ 8

rl,196

1,216

- 3

+ 7

310

311

+ 3

+11

r

385

435

- 7

+ 4

r

384

376

+13

+ 7

r

Sales 1/

p

438

385

Stocks 1 /

pl,276

1,3U

Outstanding o r d e r s

P

345

336

r

R e c e i p t s 2/

p Uoo

428

New o r d e r s 2 /

P

363

409

Per c e n t CTicmge
May from
Year
Month
ago
ago

Merchandising R a t i o s 3 /
May

1956
j Apr.

May

1955
| Apr,

1951-55 Average
Apr.
May

r3.0

2.9

3.1

3.2

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

4.3

3.7

3.7

3.9

4.1

1.1

rl.O

1.1

0.9

l.l

Stocks t o S a l e s

P2.9

3.4

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

p0.8

0.9

Stocks p l u s Outstanding
Orders t o S a l e s

P3.7

R e c e i p t s t o S a l e s 2f

p0.9

!

r—Revised.
1 / F i g u r e s a r e based on the sample d e s c r i b e d i n t h e note below and a r e p r e s e n t e d here s o l e l y t o permit comparisons vdth changes i n o r d e r s and r e c e i p t s .
For monthly movements of t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s and s t o c k s , r e f e r t o
the r e g u l a r monthly s a l e s r e p o r t G.7.2 and s t o c k s r e p o r t G . 7 . 4 . 2 , or t h e
F e d e r a l Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2 j R e c e i p t s of goods"are d e r i v e d from t h e r e p o r t e d f i g u r e s on s a l e s and s t o c k s .
New orders a r e derived from r e c e i p t s and r e p o r t e d f i g u r e s on o u t s t a n d i n g orders,
3 / The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s a r e of stocks and/or o r d e r s a t t h e end of t h e month
t o s a l e s during t h e month. The f i n a l r a t i o i s based on t o t a l s of s a l e s and
r e c e i p t s f o r t h e month.
Note:—These f i g u r e s a r e not e s t i m a t e s f o r a l l department s t o r e s i n t h e
United S t a t e s . They a r e the a c t u a l d o l l a r amounts r e p o r t e d by a group of
department s t o r e s l o c a t e d i n v a r i o u s c i t i e s throughout t h e c o u n t r y . I n 1955)
s a l e s by t h e s e s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 per cent of e s t i m a t e d t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s . F i g u r e s f o r the most r e c e n t t h i r t e e n - m o n t h period are
shown r e g u l a r l y i n the B u l l e t i n . For d e s c r i p t i o n and back d a t a , January 1939
t o August 1952, see F e d e r a l Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, p p . 1098-1102.

Back data may be obtained from the Board's D i v i s i o n of Research and S t a t i s t i c s .