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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
••"iPQR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A May 26, 1955

G.7.4.1
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING
UNITED STATES - APRIL 1955

—

Amount
%>
c e n t change
( I n m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
% . p r i l from
_TF55
Year
Month
mu
"Apr. j Mar.
ago
* ago
Apr. j Mar.

-

hOb

353

+ 5

+ 2

1,190

rl,l86

1,177

+ 2

+ 2

308

367

281

344

-16

+10

P

433

i+77

r

413

459

- 9

+ 5

P

374

430

r

350

399

-13

+ 7

Sales 1/

P

413

392

Stocks 1 /

pi,210

Outstanding o r d e r s

P

Receipts 2/
New o r d e r s 2/

r

Merchandising R a t i o s 3 /
xApr.

1955

Mar.

Apr.

1954
1 Mar.

1950-54 average
Apr.
Mar.

Stocks t o S a l e s

P2.9

3.0

2.9

3.3

3.2

3.2

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

P0.7

0.9

0.7

1.0

0.8

1.1

Stocks p l u s o u t s t a n d i n g
Orders t o S a l e s

P3.7

4.0

3.6

4.3

4,1

4.3

Receipts to Sales 2/

pl.O

1.2

l.o

1.3

l.l

1.2

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
1 / F i g u r e s 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
Here 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 ti.7.2 and s t o c k s r e p o r t 0 . 7 . 4 . 2 , or t h e F e d e r a l
Reserve B u l l e t i n .
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 are 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 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 t h e 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 the c o u n t r y . I n 1954, s a l e s by
t h e s e s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 p e r cent of 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 . 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 . For 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,
see F e d e r a l Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, p p . 1098-1102. Back d a t a may be

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