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F E D E R A L R E S E R V E release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4j 1963 DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA UNITED STATES - APRIL 1963 olitk flit Amount (In millions of dollars) 1962 1963 i April | March I April 1 March p - 512 s G . / « » C K 6 6 pi,653 >6? r l,6l6 499. 1,589 Per cent change A P 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/ pl.l 1.2 1.0 1.3 1.1 1.2 | 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 obtained http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/from the Board's Division of Research and Statistics. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis