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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
May 24^1953. ' f y
# ^ W ^ V D E P A R B I E N T STORE MERCHANDISING DATA — APRIL
V C ny\\CN""selected series, based on retail value figures)
v
Amount
(In millions of dollars)
1952 '
T^T
Apr,
Mar.
Apr, ( MarT
;
Sales 1/

P

373

381

Stocks 1/

Pl,2l3

1,169

Outstanding orders

P

326

U01

Receipts 2/

P

Ul7

16 o r 393

New orders 2/

P

312

396

r

h

+ 6

362

-19

+11

U19

- 7

+ 6

r 363

-lk

+ 5

rl,lUl

rl,12lt

29$

326

Percent "charge
April from
Year
Month
ago\
ago
- l

350

r

°

- 2

376

r

qJ:

r

+

Merchandising Ratios 3/

1953

1952
t Mar.
372"

19UB-52 Average
Apr,
Mar 1
3*0
"IO~

Stocks to Sales

Apr
p 3*3

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

p 0.9

1.1

0.8

1.0

0.9

1.1

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales
P U»1

1^*1

3.8

rii.2

k+0

U.l

Receipts to Sales 2/

1.2

1.0

1.2

1.0

1.2

P 1.1

I Mar.
itr

Apr*
T^r

p—Preliminary.
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.U.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.
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.
Notes—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 1952, sales by
)these stores accounted for about 50 per cent of estimated total department store
sales. Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and
Statistics* Figures for the most recent thirteen-month period are shown regularly
in the Bulletin.