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FEDERAL

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statistical

RESERVE

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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