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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF' THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 1955

l l W \ R Y
DEC

2

DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

1955

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1955

FtL) th'/'.L KLb cM v t

BANK OF CHICAGO

#

439

1*02

+11

+ 8

rl,275

1,190

+ 9

+6

1*88

+ 1

+21

521*

1*96

+13

+10

515

518

r

P

U73

U26

Stocks 1 /

pi,350

1,21*14.

Outstanding orders

P

580

576

r

1*7 9

Receipts 2/
*

DATA FILfe
REFERENCE LIBRARY
FEDERAL RiSEKYE SANK
OF 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
Percent change
Amount
October from
(In m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
Month
Xear
1954
1955
ago
ago
Oct. | S e p t .
Oct.
Sept.

Sales 1/
*

T - ? t-'-i

P

579

513

r

New orders 2/

P

583

539

r

| + 8

+13

Merchandising R a t i o s 3 /
1954
1955
,
Sept.
Oct,
Oct. j S e p t .

1950-5U Average
Oct. | S e p t .

Stocks to S a l e s

p2.9

2.9

2.9

3.0

3.0

3.0

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

pi.2

1.4

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.1*

i

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders t o S a l e s

pl*.l
,

Receipts t o Sales 2 /

i

4.3

4.0

4.2

1*.2

l*.l*

pi.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1
p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
1 / Figures are based on the sample described i n t h e 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 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.7.1*.2, or the
Federal Reserve Bulletin*
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 .
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 orders,
3 / The f i r s t t h r e e r a t i o s are of stocks and/or o r d e r s a t the 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 the month.
Note:—These f i g u r e s are 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 the
United S t a t e s . They are the 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 t h e c o u n t r y . In 195b,
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 t h i r t e e n - m o n t h period are
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 Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s *