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B A D OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
OR

G.7.U.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3# 1956.
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING D T
AA

DATA FILE
REFERENCE LIBRARY
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
OF CHICAGO

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1956 { |^R/ ; XRV

<!•

Sales 1 /

0

Selected series, based on r e t a i l dollar amounts
Percent"chan ge
Amount!
(In millions of dollars'
li'i'vb v.
1956
1955
OH OAO&ear
ago
Auk". F July Aug. |July

1

#

f -7 ^

+7

pl,25U 1,173 r l , l 6 7 1,092

+ 7

+7

Outstanding orders

P 573

587 r

518

552

- 2

+5

Receipts 2/

p 1+92

323 r

h60

291

+52

+7

New orders 2/

$

+22

Stocks l / .

$

326

p U78

1*09 r >56

39h

.. +1?

+5

•

p lai

337

r

385

Merchandising Ratios 3/

a
V

Aug.

1956
July

Aug.

1955
July

1951-55 Average
Aug. | July

Stocks to Sales

P 3.1

3.5.

3.0

3.3

3*2

3.6

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

P l.h

1.7

1.1+

1.7

l.U

1.7

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders t o Sales

p k.k

5.2

U.5

5.0

U.6

5.2

Receipts to Sales 2/

p 1.2

1.0

1.2

0.9

1.2

0.9

#
p—Preliminary.
r—Revised
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 t o t a l department store sales and stocks, r e f e r to the
regular monthly sales report G.7.2 and stocks report G.7.U.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 f i r s t three r a t i o s are of stocks and/or orders at the end of the month
to sales during the month. The f i n a l r a t i o i s based on t o t a l s of sales and
receipts for the month.
Note:—These figures are not estimates for a l l department stores in the United
S t a t e s . They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department
stores located in various c i t i e s throughout the country. In 1955, sales by
these stores accounted for about 50 per cent of estimated t o t a l department
store s a l e s . Figures f o r the most recent thirteen-month period are shown
regularly in the Bulletin. For description and back data, January 1939to
August 1952, see Federal Reserve Bulletin for October 1952, pp. 1098-1102.

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