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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 1959.
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1959

cf

(Selected series, based on retail dollar amoun^tyr
p#'
Amount
(In millions of dollars)
Septemffl
Month
1959
1958
ago
Sept. I August
Sept. I August

nge
om
Year
ago

Sales l/

p

472

427

451

421

+11

+ 5

Stocks l/

pi,484

1,380

rl,394

1,277

+ 8

+ 6

Outstanding Orders

p

627

631

r

552

540

- 1

+14

Receipts 2/

P

576

503

r

568

483

+15

+ 1

New Orders 2/

P

572

470

r

580

460

+22

- 1

Merchandising Ratios Ji/
1959
3 ept.
August

1958
Sept.
August

1954-58 Average
Sept.
August

Stocks to Sales

P

3.1

3.2

3.1

3.0

3.0

3.1

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

P

1.3

1.5

1.2

1.3

1.3

1.4

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

P

4.5

4.7

4.3

4.3

4.3

4.4

Receipts to Sales 2/

P

1,2

1.2

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.2

p—Preliminary.
r—Revised.
l/ 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.
2/ 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 1958, 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 ob from the Board's Division of Research and Statistics.
tained