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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF TLB FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1 , 1956

G.7.1.1

LIBRARY

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1956

d 1956

Selected s e r i e s , based on r e t a i l d o l l a r amounts^
"Per
Amount
Septum
(In m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
South
TTO"
ago
Aug. ' S e p t . | Aug
Sept,
U30

385

+ 8

+3

rl,253

1,167

+ 7

+7

577

518

+U

+U

r

516

U6o

+ 7

+2

r

5U5

U56

+15

+1

r

UU
U

i+12

1,335

1,253

Outstanding orders

598

573

r

Receipts 2 /

526

U92

New orders 2/

551

U78

Sales 1/
Stocks 1 /

Year
ago

erchandising Ratios 3 /
1956
Sept.
Aug.

1955
Aue.
Sept..

!
1

1951-55 Average
Aug.
Sept.

Stocks t o S a l e s

3*0

3.0

2.9

3.0

3.0

3.2

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

1.3

l.U

rl.3

l.U

1.3

l.U

Stocks plus Outstanding Orders t o Sales

u.u

u.u

U.3

U.5

14.3

U.6

Receipts t o Sales £/

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

p—Preliminary •
r—nevisea
1 / Figures a r e based on t h e sample described i n t h e note below and are presented
Here s o l e l y t o permit comparisons with changes i n orders 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 stocks r e p o r t G.7.U.2 or t h e Federal
Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2/ Receipts of goods are derived from the reported f i g u r e s on s a l e s and s t o c k s .
~~' New orders are derived 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 outstanding order*
3 / The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders a t the end of the month
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~ 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 not estimates 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 are 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 . In 1955, s a l e s by
these s t o r e s accounted f o r about 50 per cent of estimated 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 thirteen-month period are shown
r e g u l a r l y i n the 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.
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Back data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research & S t a t i s t i c s ,
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