2012 Economic Calendar
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Wholesale Trade  
Released On 10/10/2012 10:00:00 AM For Aug, 2012
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Inventories - M/M change0.7 %0.6 %0.4 %0.0 % to 0.7 %0.5 %

A burst of sales brought down inventories relative to sales in the wholesale sector during August. Sales in the sector, showing wide strength and including special strength for autos, jumped 0.9 percent for the strongest increase since February. The gain in sales, however, does come against an easy comparison as sales had fallen in the three prior months which was the worst streak of the recovery. The decline in sales had been backing up inventories but not in August as the inventory-to-sales ratio, after three straight increases, fell to 1.20 vs July's 1.21. Inventories in August rose 0.5 percent which is the first time since April that the rise in sales exceeded the rise in inventories.

Previously released inventory data for August show a back-up in inventories in the manufacturing sector. And prior data for retail show a back-up in this key sector. But more recent anecdotal data on inventories, including the ISM reports on manufacturing and non-manufacturing, show easing pressures as orders and production improve. The business inventory report on Monday will include data on retail and will round out August's data.

Consensus Outlook
Wholesale inventories jumped 0.7 percent in July against a 0.1 percent decline for wholesale sales. This was the third straight decline for wholesale sales. The inventory-to-sales ratio for the sector was up for a third straight month, to 1.21 which is the highest level of the recovery.

Wholesale trade measures the dollar value of sales made and inventories held by merchant wholesalers. It is a component of business sales and inventories.  Why Investors Care

2012 Release Schedule
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