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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OB' THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sej^amher 30, 1957.

1.7.4.1
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

DATA FILE
REFERENCE LIBRARY
*rtel UNSERVE BANK

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1957
Amount
(In millions of dollars)
1956
1957
Xug.
July Aug. | July

%
fts,

'

Per
August
Month
ago

toges
am
Year
ago

Sales 1/

P

413

340

+ 21

+ 5

Stocks 1/

pi,301 1,21+5 rl,259

1,181

+ 4

+ 3

Outstanding orders

P

569

600 r

575

592

- 5

— X

Receipts 2/

p

U88

3UU r

491

325

+42

- 1

P

457

425 r 474

413

+ 8

- 4

^Jew orders 2/

432

356 r

Merchandising Ratios 3/
1952-56
average
August
3.1

1957

1956

Stocks to Sales

.Aug. | July
P 3.0
3.5

Aug. | July
3.0
3.5

Outstanding Orders to
Sales

P 1.3

1.7

1.4

1.7

1.4

1.7

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

P 4.3

5.2

4.4

5.2

4.5

5.1

Receipts to Sales 2/

P 1.1

1.0

.1*2

1.0

1.2

0.9

July
3.4

p—Preliminary."
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 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.
3/ The first three rations 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
^ A n various cities throughout the country. In 1956, sales by these stores accounted
^fe>r 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 aftd back data, January 1939 to August 1952, see Federal Reiser ve - Bulletin
for October 1952, pp. 1098^-1102* Back data may be obtained from the Board's
Division of Research and Statistics.