Wholesale trade inventories rose 0.3 percent in September, confirming the advance report and in line with consensus expectations of a slowdown to a more sustainable build pace following the outsized (though revised downward by a tick) 0.8 percent gain in the prior month. Dampening the overall inventory increase in September were autos, down 0.3 percent following August's exceptional 2.3 percent build, professional equipment, down 1.1 percent, and computer equipment, off 2.5 percent. Sales in the sector far outpaced inventory increases again and were up 1.3 percent after a 1.9 percent gain in August, which was upwardly revised by 0.2 percentage points. Sales gains were led by nondurable goods, up 1.8 percent primarily on the back of a 12.6 percent jump in petroleum sales, but there was also much strength hidden within the durable goods modest 0.7 percent gain, led by metals, which were up 3.4 percent. Autos saw a more modest 0.7 percent sales increase after surging 4.4 percent in August. Excluding autos, wholesale inventories were up 0.4 percent after a 0.7 percent rise in the prior month, and were again soundly outpaced by ex-auto sales, up 1.3 percent following a 1.7 percent increase in August. The stock-to-sales ratio fell a notch to 1.27, the lowest reading since December 2014 that continues the ratio's downward trend since the start of 2015 while ratcheting up pressures to increase production.