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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
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DEPAR1MMT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1958
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Amount
(In millions of dollars)
1957
1958
Aug.
Sept. j Aug. Sept.

+ 3

1,307

+ 8

- 1

570

576

+ 3

- 1
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533

1*99

+16

+ 5

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527

17*
*1

+27

+ 9

P

120

1*38

Stocks 1/

pi,383 1,276

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Outstanding orders

p

546

532

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Receipts 2/

p

558

480

P

572

iNew Orders 2/"

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Per cent change
>001
September i
Year
Month
ago
ago
+ 7

Sales 1/

1*51

%

13*
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Merchandising Ratios 3/
1957
Sept.
Aug.
3.0
3.2

1953-57 Average
Aug.
Sept.
3.1
3.0

Stocks to Sales

1958
Aug.
Sept.
P 3.1 3,0

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

p

1.2

1.3

1.3

1.3

1.3

1.4

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

P

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4.3

4.5

4.3

43
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4.5

Receipts to Sales 2/

p

1.2

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1.2

1.1

1.2

1.2

p—Preliminary.
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.7.4.2 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.
Note:—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 1957, sales by these
stores accounted for about 45 per cent of the estimated total department store sales*
Figures for the most recent thirteen-month period are shown regularly in the
Bulletin. For description and back data, January 1939 to August 1952, see Federal
Reserve Bulletin for October 1952, pp. 1098-1102. Back data may be obtained from
the Board's Division of Research and Statistics.