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FEDERAL ******* statistical RESERVE release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 1962 G.7.4.1 DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA UNITED STATES — JANUARY 1962 c (Selected series, based on retail dollar amounts) Amount cerit^chatrfegi J afiyary Prom ' <? (In millions of dollars) I960 Moflt^V H 1962 1961 Jan. Jan. Dec. .Dec. azcr x L ' . Sales 1/ p 40? 967 Stocks l/ pl,405 1,406 Outstanding Orders p 471 391 r Receipts 2/ p 406 595 New Orders 2/ p 486 431 Stocks to Sales 1962 Jan. P 3.5 Outstanding Orders to Sales p 934 -58 rl,319 1,345 0 431 334 +20 + 9 r 350 535 -32 +16 r 447 388 +13 + 9 'f + 7 Merchandising Ratios -2/ I960 1961 1957-61 av. l956-60av. Dec. Jan. Dec. J anuary December r 3.5 1.4 1.4 1.5 3.3 1.2 0.4 p 1.1 0.4 1.1 0.4 b\ Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales Receipts to Sales 2/ 8 376 r 1.9 4.7 1.8 4.5 1.8 1.0 0.6 0.9 r 1.0 0.6 1 0.6 1 1 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. 2/ 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. Note:—These figures are not estimates for all department stores in the United States. They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department stores ^located in various cities throughout the country. In 1961, sales by these stores accounted for about 45 per cent of the estimated total department store sales. Figures for the most recent thirteen-month period are shc^n 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 from the Digitized for Board's Division of Research and Statistics. FRASER