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T- 7 i> 3 BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2?, 1959. DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA r 'bR/\ Hy JUn UNITED STATES - APRIL 1959 " " " " % ^\p.KG^Selected series, based on retail dollar amount Amount Per cenr^Ct^n! (In millions of dollars) April from Month Year ,1258 Api Apr. I Mar, ago ago Mar, • Sales 1/ p 431 Stocks l/ pi,404 1,360 Outstanding orders ^ Receipts 2/ ^^lew Orders 2/ 387 415 - 1 +4 rl,346 rl.323 + 3 +4 r 316 r 357 - 8 +22 439 r 477 - 8 +8 r 398 r 436 -10 +11 434 422 416 p 475 516 r p 440 489 Merchandising Ratios 3/ Stocks to Sales 1959 Apr. Mar. P 3.3 3.1 Outstanding Orders to Sales P Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales Receipts to Sales 2/ 1958 Apr. I Mar. 3.2 3.2 1954-58 Average Apr. Mar. 3.1 3.2 1.0 r 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.9 p 4.2 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.9 4.1 p 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2 0.9 p—Preliminary. r—Revised. l/ 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. New Orders are derived from receipts and reported figures on outstanding orders. 2/ 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 1958 > sales by these Fstores 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.