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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4j 1963
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
UNITED STATES - APRIL 1963

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Amount
(In millions of dollars)
1962
1963
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April
| March I April 1 March
p - 512

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C K 6 6

pi,653

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499.
1,589

Per cent change
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Month.
^Kd/Aar

469
1,581 '
1

r

456

497

- 9

549

575 r

507

595

- 5

+8

501

527 r

466

564

- 5

+8

Outstanding Orders

p

459

Receipts 2/

P

New Orders 2/

P

' 507

+1

Merchandising Ratios j/
1962
April
March

1 1958-62 average
March
April

April

1963
1 March

Stocks to Sales

P3.3

3.5

3.2

3.4

3.2

3.2

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

p0.9

1.1

0.9

1.1

0.9

1.0

Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales

P 4.1

4.5

4.1

4.4

4.1

/ 4*2

Receipts to Sales 2/

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1.2

1.0

1.3

1.1

1.2

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p—Preliminary
r—Revised
1/ 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 G.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,
j/ 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,
^jjlote:—These figures are not estimates for all department stores in the United
^ftates. They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department
stores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1962 sales by these
stores accounted for more than 40 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

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