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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

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DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA — JANUARY
( S e l e c t e d s e r i e s , based on r e t a i l value figures.)
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Amount
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1952 | 1952
1951
Month
J a n . [ D e c . [ J a n . j pec*
ago

Sales 1 /

P

32k

736

Stocks 1 /

pi,025

1,018

Outstanding o r d e r s

p

45i

Receipts 2/

P

New orders 2 /

p

r 321

670

— 56

+

1

r 996 r l , 0 2 3

+

+

3

358

r 398 r

320

+ 26

+ 13

331

179

r 2 94 r

444

- 31

+ 13

424

383

r 372 r

360

+ 11

+ 14

l

Merchandising Ratios 3 /

Stocks t o Sales

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1952 F .:.y5T~ " 1951
| J a n . | Dec. l J a n .
Dec.
P 3.2
1.4
3.1
1.5

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

P 1.4

0.4

rl.2

0.4

1.6

0.6

Stocks p l u s Outstanding
Orders t o Sales

P 4.6

1.9

r4.3

2.0

4.6

2.1

Receipts t o Sales 2/

P 1.0

0.7

r0.9

0.7

1.0

0.7

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Jan,
1 Dec.
3.0
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1/ Figures a r e based on t h e sample d e s c r i b e d i n the 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 s t o c k s 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 a r e derived from the 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 are 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 orders *
3/ The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders a t the end of the 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 the United
S t a t e s . They are 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 various c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1952, s a l e s by
g j h e s e s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 p e r cent of estimated t o t a l department s t o r e
, ^ i l e s . Back d a t a may be obtained from t h e Board's Division of Research and
S t a t i s t i c s . Figures f o r t h e most r e c e n t thirteen—month p e r i o d a r e shown regularTy
i n the B u l l e t i n .