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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
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F E D E R A L R E S E R # # # | A M T STORE MEECHANDISING DA#,R
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BANK OF CHICAGO

S e l e c t e d s e r i e s , b a s e d on r e t a i l d o l l a r amounts
Per c e n t change
Amount
J a n u a r y from
( I n m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
Year
Month
1954
1956
1955
ago
ago
Dec,
Jan.
Jan.
Dec.
340

774

-58

+ 2

rl,0U8

1,067

- 1

+ 8

386

299

+21

+12

r

321

514

-37

+ 6

r

hO 8

407

+ 1

+ 2

r

Sales 1/

P

347

817

Stocks 1 /

pi,132

1,139

Outstanding orders

p

432

357

r

Receipts 2/

P

340

511

New o r d e r s 2 /

P

415

111

Merchandising R a t i o s 3 /

Dec. j

Jan.

Dec.

1951-55 1950-54
average average
Dec.
Jan.

1956
Jan.

1954

1955

Stocks t o S a l e s

P3.3

1.4

3.1

1.4

3.1

1.5

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

pi. 2

o.U

1.1

o.U

1.4

0.5

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders t o S a l e s

P4.5

1.8

4.2

1.8

4.5

1.9

Receipts to Sales 2/

pl.O

0.7

r0.9

0.7

1.0

0.6

p—Preliminary!
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r—Revised.
1 / F i g u r e s a r e b a s e d 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 w i t h changes i n o r d e r s and r e c e i p t s .
For m o n t h l y movements of t o t a l d e p a r t m e n t 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 m o n t h l y 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 . 4 . 2 , or t h e
F e d e r a l Reserve B u ] l e t i r u
2/ R e c e i p t s of goods a r e d e r i v e d from t h e 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 a n d / o r o r d e r s a t t h e end of t h e month
t o s a l e s d u r i n g t h e month. The f i n a l r a t i o i s b a s e d 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 1 ;--These f i g u r e s a r e n o t e s t i m a t e s f o r a l l d e p a r t m e n t s t o r e s i n t h e
U n i t e d 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
d e p a r t m e n t 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 t h r o u g h o u t t h e c o u n t r y . I n 1955#
s a l e s by t h e s e s t o r e s a c c o u n t e d f o r a b o u t $0 p e r c e n t of e s t i m a t e d t o t a l d e p a r t m e n t s t o r e s a l e s . F i g u r e s f o r t h e most r e c e n t t h i r t e e n - m o n t h p e r i o d a r e
shown r e g u l a r l y i n t h e B u l l e t i n . F o r d e s c r i p t i o n and back d a t a , J a n u a r y 1939
t o August 1952, s e e F e d e r a l R e s e r v e B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, p p . 1098-1102.

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