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1 BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM i run jfli jfv / fOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ruber ^ ^ | n b e r 29' 19514 G.7.U.1 UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1| <&: m-, series, based on retail d o l l ^ Q & g g ^ ^ ^ ercent change Amount August from (In millions of dollars) Month I Year iy5J" ago ago August I July August| July 345 308 +14 + 1 rl,lU2 1,08% + 5 - 4 492 526 - 2 - 7 281 r U03 283 +43 0 r 369 349 + 9 + 7 Sales 1/ p 349 306 Stocks 1/ pi,096 1,042 Outstanding orders P 1*60 468 r Receipts 2/ P U03 New orders 2/ P 395 363 r Merchandising Ratios 3/ w 1954 July August 1953 August July 1949-53 Average July August Stocks to Sales # 3.4 3.3 3.5 3.1 3.4 Outstanding Orders to Sales Pl.3 1.5 1.4 1.7 1.6 1.8 Stocks plus Outstanding Orders to Sales e P3.1 p4.5 4.9 4.7 5.2 4.6 5.2 Receipts to Sales 2/ pl.l 0.9 rl.2 0.9 1.2 0.9 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 0.7.2 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 Co 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 1953, sales by these stores accounted for about 50 per cent of 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 http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/data may be obtained from the Board's Division of Research and Statistics. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis ' I