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Retail Inventories [Advance]  
Released On 3/28/2017 8:30:00 AM For Feb
PriorPrior RevisedActual
M/M % change0.8 %0.9 %0.4 %

Highlights
Retail inventories rose 0.4 percent in February which looks heavy following an upward revised 0.9 percent rise in January. Year-on-year, retail inventories are up 3.9 percent and may be heavy given how slow February retail sales proved to be, at only a monthly plus 0.1 percent. Inventories are especially heavy at auto dealers, up 1.1 percent in the month and 9.5 percent year-on-year reflecting contraction so far in this year's vehicle sales. Inventory builds are a positive for GDP but not the outlook for production and employment which may suffer if the builds, during this period of slow growth, turn out in fact to be unwanted.

Definition
Retail inventories measure the monthly dollar value of inventories held by retailers. The advance report is released late in the month for the following month and is part of the Monthly Advance Economic Indicators report (which also includes data on wholesale inventories and international trade in goods). Final monthly data for retail inventories are released about two weeks later with the Business Sales and Inventories report. (Bureau of the Census)  Why Investors Care
 

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