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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Juna 3 a 1958 *

G.7.U.1

DATA FILE
INFERENCE LIBRARY
rEDERAL RESERVE BANK

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DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
UNITED STATES - APRIL 1958

JU/V 4
Ft.

416

416

Stocks 1 /

pi,344

1,299

Outstanding orders

P

310

350

Receipts 2 /

p

461

456

New Orders 2 /

P

421

408

443

396

0

- 6

rl,380

1,343

+ 3

- 3

342

409

-11

- 9

co
o

P

£-

Sales 1 /

Per ceriVwchange
A p r i l from
Year
Month
ago
ago

1

Amount
( I n m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
1957
" 1958
"
Apr.
| Mar.
Apr.
Mar.

487

+ 1

- 4

r

413

435

+ 3

+ 2

r

r

Merchandising Ratios 3 /
1957
Mar,
Apr. j
3.1
3.4

1953-57 Average
Mar.
Apr.
3.2
3.1

Stocks t o S a l e s

1958
Mar.
Apr.
p 3.2
3.1 '

Outstanding Orders
t o Sales

P

0.7

0.8

0.8

1.0

0.8

1.0

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

P

U.o

4.0

3.9

4.4

3.9

4.1

Receipts t o Sales 2 /

P

l.i

l.l

1.1

1.2

1.1

1.2

p--Pre l i n l i n a r y . ~
r—Revised.
1/ Figures are based on t h e sample described in t h e note below and a r e presented
Here s o l e l y t o permit comparisons with changes i n 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 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 stocks r e p o r t G . 7 . 4 . 2 or t h e Federal Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2/ Receipts of goods are derived 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 .
Hew 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 outstanding o r d e r s .
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 orders 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 the month.
Note:—These f i g u r e s are 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 t h e 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 country. In 1957, s a l e s by these
s t o r e s accounted f o r about 45 per cent of t h e estimated t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s ,
Figures f o r t h e most r e c e n t thirteen-month p e r i o d 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 data, January 1939 t o August 1952, see Federal
Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back data may be obtained from
t h e Board's Dvision of Research and S t a t i s t i c s .