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FEDERAL
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RESERVE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 196L.
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 1961

S a l e s 1/

(Soloctcd s e r i e s , based on r e t a i l d o l l a r amounts)
Amount
Per c e n t change
( I n m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
J a n . from
196U
1962
Month j
1
1963
Year
Jan.
Jan.
IDcc.
Dec.
ago
1
ago
1,063 r I4IO
P
UL1
+ 8
989
-59

Stocks 1 /

P 1,519

Outstanding Orders

P

530

Loo

r

U99

Receipts 2 /

P

395

630

r

375

r

525

U75

r

h92

r

New Orders 2 /

1,565

r 1,162 r 1,197

- 3

+ U

+33

+-6

607

-37

+ 5

UUO

+11

+ 7

302

!

Merchandising R a t i o s 3 /

Stocks t o S a l e s

1964
Jan.
P 3.U

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

p 1.2

Stocks p l u s Outstand-4
ing Orders t o S a l e s p U.6

3.6

1962
Dec.
l.b

o.u

1.2

o.U

1.2

o.U

1.9

U.8

1.9

U.6

l.ti

Dec.
1.5

1963

Jan.

]1.959-63 av» 1950-62 av.
Jan.
Dec.
l.U
3.U

Receipts t o S a l e s 2 /
0.6
0.6
0.9
P 0.9
0.6
0.9
p--Preliminary
r—Revised
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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 t h e n o t e below and a r e p r e s e n t e d
h e r e s o l e l y t o p e r m i t comparisons with changes i n o r d e r s 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 t h e 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.U.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 o r d e r s a r e d e r i v e d 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 o u t s t a n d i n g o r d e r s .
3 / The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s a r e of s t o c k s and/or o r d e r s a t the end of t h e 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 a r e 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 t h e United
S t a t e s . They a r e t h e 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 v a r i o u s c i t i e s throughout t h e c o u n t r y . In 1963 s a l e s by t h e s e s t o r e s
accounted f o r more than U p e r cent of the e s t i m a t e d t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s ,
O
f i g u r e s f o r t h e mos t r e c e n t thirteen^-month p e r i o d a r e shown r e g u l a r l y i n The B u l l e t i n .
For d e s c r i p t i o n and back d a t a , January 1939 t o August 1952, see F e d e r a l Reserve
B u l l e t i n f o r October 195'2, pp. 1098-1102. Back d a t a may be obtained from t h e Board's
Digitized for iFRASER of Research and S t a t i s t i c s .
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