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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 1954

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NOV 3 0 1954
c'tDEHM RESERVE 8 ^
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1954
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BANK O F CHICAGO 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 amounts
Amount
Percent change
(In m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
October from
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• * • Month
Xear
1954
wD6pt/ #
Sept.
ago
Oct.
ago
Oct.
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

444

393

+ 9

- 2

1,184

rl,305

1,213

+ 7

- 3

477

486

462

492

- 2

+ 3

P

521

489

r

536

464

+ 7

- 3

P

512

510

r

506

464

0

+ 1

Sales 1 /

P

437

400

Stocks 1 /

pl,268

Outstanding o r d e r s

P

Receipts 2/
New orders 2/

r

Merchandising Ratios 3 /

Oct.

1954
Sept.

Oct.

1953

Sept.

1949-53 Average
Sept.
Oct.

Stocks t o Sales

p2.9

3.0

2.9

3.1

2.9

2.9

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

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1.2

rl.O

1.3

1.3

1.5

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

p4.o

4.2

4.0

4.3

4.2

4.4

Receipts to S a l e s 2/

pi.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
1 / Figures are based on t h e sample described in the note below and are p r e sented 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 to
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 . 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 are derived from the 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 .
Hew orders are 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 outstanding orders,
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 t h e end of the 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 the month.
Note:—These f i g u r e s a r e not 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 s t o r e s l o c a t e d i n various c i t i e s throughout t h e country. In 1953,
s a l e s by t h e s e 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 the most recent thirteen-month period a r e
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
to
 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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