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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

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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,
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