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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM G.?.b,l FOR 3BIEBBLTE RELEASE March ^ ^ ^ B P A R T M E N T STORE MERCHANDISING DATA ^ * &> J ^ UNITED STATES - JANUARY 1955 Amount (in millions of dollars) 1954 1953 Jan. Dec, Jan. Dec. Per cenv^tjjjpange January from Month 1 ear ago ago Sales 1/ P 335 766 310 733 -56 + 8 Stocks 1/ pl,0U2 1,056 rl,009 1,047 - 1 + 3 Outstanding orders P 384 301 r 369 284 +28 + 4 Receipts 2/ p 321 50it r 272 445 -36 +18 New orders 2/ p 404 399 357 357 + 1 +13 r Merchandising Ratios 3/ ti CD O 1955 195% iyt>3 ±yi>0-is4 av. 1949-53 av. Jan. Dec. Jan. Dec. Jan. Stocks to Sales p3.1 1.4 3.3 1.4 3.1 1.5 Outstanding Orders to Sales pl.l 0.4 1.2 0.4 1.4 0.5 Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales p4.3 1.8 r4.4 1.8 4.5 2.0 Receipts to Sales 2/ pl.O 0.7 0.6 1.0 0.6 0.9 p—Preliminary. 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 0.7*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. Hew orders are derived from receipts and reported figures on outstanding orders. 3/ 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 1954* sales by these stores accounted for about 50 per cent of 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. http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and Statistics, Back Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis