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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2?, 1959.
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

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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.