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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL M-SEhVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4 ^ 1957 •

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DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA
miTED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1957

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( 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)
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Per cent cH&S^S?
Amount
September frcmQ
(In m i l l i o n s of d o l l a r s )
Year
Month
1955"
1WT
ago
ago
S e p t . | Aug" S e p t . | Aug,

kh2

+ 2

- 1

1,259

+ 8

+ 5

569 r 600

575

+ 1

- U

539

U87 r 512

191

+11

+ 5

5U7

U56 r 537

U7U

+20

+ 2

U32 r

Sales 1 /

p

Stocks 1 /

pi,LOO 1 , 3 0 0 | i , 3 2 9

Outstanding orders

P

577

Receipts 2/

p

lew orders 2/

P

1+39

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Merchandising Ratios 3 /

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1956

1957

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Septs|
3.0

Aug.
3.0

1952-56
average
September
3.0

August
3.1

Stocks t o S a l e s

e

Outstanding Orders t o
Sales

P 1.3

1.3

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1.3

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

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S e p t . | Aug.
p 3.2 3.0

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Receipts t o S a l e s 2 j

p 1.2

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1 / Figures a r e based on t h e sample described i n t h e note below and a r e presented
here s o l e l y t o permit comparisons w i t h changes i n o r d e r s 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.U.2 or the F e d e r a l Reserve B u l l e t i n .
2/ Receipts of goods are derived frcm 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 o u t s t a n d i n g 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 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 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 States*
They a r e 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 located
&n various c i t i e s throughout the country. I n 1956, s a l e s by t h e s e s t o r e s accounted
f o r about 50 p e r cent of e s t i m a t e d t o t a l department s t o r e s a l e s . Figures f o r the
most r e c e n t t h i r t e e n - m o n t h p e r i o d a r e 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 t h e Board's
Division of Research and S t a t i s t i c s #