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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

G.7.U.1

May

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

" - m A R y
MAY

UNITED STATES - MARCH 1958
( S e l e c t e d s e r i e s , based on r e t a i l d o l l a r an
Amount
( I n m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
1958
' 1957
Mar. j Feb.
Mar. j Feb.

#

1958

Per cent change
March ?rom
Year
Month
ago
ago

396

336

+35

+ 5

rl,3U3

1,252

+ 3

- 3

409

U61

-12

-Ik

r

U87

385

+26

- 6

r

U35

U19

+ 8

- 5

Sales 1 /

P

Ul6

309

Stocks 1 /

pi,302

1,259

Outstanding o r d e r s

P

351

398

r

Receipts 2/

P

169

365

^^New Orders 2 /

#

6

P

b±2

380

r

Merchandising R a t i o s 3 /

#

1957
| Feb.
3.7

1953-57 Average
Feb.
Mar.
3.6
3.2

Stocks t o S a l e s

p 0.8

1.3

r 1.0

l.it

1.0

l.U

P

U.o

5.U

r k.k

5.1

U.i

5.0

Receipts t o S a l e s 2 /
*

Outstanding Orders
to Sales
Stocks p l u s Outstanding
Orders t o S a l e s

0

1950
Mar. j Feb.
p 3.1
it.l

p 1.1

1.2

r 1.2

1.1

1.2

1.2

Mar.
3«4

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
1 / Figures are 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 are 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 w i t h 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 G.7 .2 and s t o c k s r e p o r t G , 7 . 4 . 2 or t h e F e d e r a l Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2/ Receipts 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 ,
lew orders 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 a r e of stocks 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 during 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 nut 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
^stores 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 1957, s a l e s by t h e s e
stores accounted f o r about U5 per cent of t h e 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 .
Figures 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 , January 1939 t o August 1952, see Federal
Reserve B u l l e t i n f o r October 1952, pp. 1098-1102, Back data may be obtained from
the Board's D i v i s i o n of Research and S t a t i s t i c s .