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G.7.U.1

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ercent change
Amount
August from
(In millions of dollars)
Month I Year
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ago
ago
August I July
August| July
345

308

+14

+ 1

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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/
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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

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