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TABLE - U.S. Dec business inventories rise 0.1 pct
February 12, 2015 / 3:01 PM / 3 years ago

TABLE - U.S. Dec business inventories rise 0.1 pct

Feb 12 (Reuters) - Commerce Department seasonally adjusted data on U.S. business inventories and sales. PCT CHANGES: INVENTORIES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec‘14/13 Total Business 0.1 0.2 0.2 3.9 Manufacturers -0.3 UNCH 0.1 2.7 Retailers 0.5 -0.3 -0.3 2.8 Autos/parts 1.3 -1.1 -1.2 3.7 Wholesalers 0.1 0.8 0.8 6.7 SALES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec‘14/13 Total Business -0.9 -0.4 -0.2 0.9 Manufacturers -1.1 -1.0 -0.6 -0.9 Retailers -1.1 0.4 0.4 2.6 Autos/parts -0.8 1.4 1.6 8.3 Wholesalers -0.4 -0.4 -0.3 1.4 BLNS OF DLRS: INVENTORIES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec‘13 Total Business 1,764.4 1,763.1 1,763.6 1,697.6 Manufacturers 653.9 655.9 656.3 636.8 Retailers 562.9 560.0 560.1 547.5 Autos/parts 187.1 184.6 184.4 180.4 Wholesalers 547.6 547.2 547.2 513.3 SALES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec‘13 Total Business 1,331.2 1,342.9 1,345.8 1,319.2 Manufacturers 488.2 493.5 495.7 492.7 Retailers 393.2 397.7 397.9 383.1 Autos/parts 90.8 91.5 91.7 83.8 Wholesalers 449.8 451.7 452.2 443.4 Inventory-to- Dec Nov (Prev) Dec‘13 Sales Ratio 1.33 1.31 1.31 1.29

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. Dec. business inventories +0.2 pct

HISTORICAL COMPARISONS/NOTES:

The inventory/sales ratio is a measure of how long it would take to deplete inventories at the current sales pace.

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