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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
>G.7.1wl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5 l & f f A R
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
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series, based on retail dollar amounts)
Amount
Per cent change
(In millions of dollars)
January from
Month
"Year
T W
1958
1957
Dec.
ago
ago
Jan 7 Dec. | Jab.
365

822

-57

0

rl,202

1,211

- 2

0

U28

339

+23

-12

506 r

356

505

-32

- 4

386 r

445

368

+ 7

- 7

Sales 1/

P

365

839

Stocks l/

pi,20?

1,229

Outstanding orders

P

378

307

r

Receipts 2/

P

3U3

P

4i4

|New orders 2/

r

Merchandising Ratios 3/

•

1956
Dec.
1.5

Stocks to Sales

e

#

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

P

1.0

0.4

1.2

0,4

Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales

#

1958
Jan.
P 3.3

P

4.3

1.8

4.5

Receipts to Sales 2/

P

0.9

0.6

1.0

1957
Jan.
Dec.
1.5
3.3

1953-57
average
Jan.
3.2
'

1952-56"
average
Dec.
1.4

1.2

0.4

1.9

4.4

1.8

0.6

1.0

0.6

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,
lew 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 1957> 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 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. Back data may be obtained from
the Board's Division of Research and Statistics.