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Wholesale Trade  
Released On 10/7/2011 9:00:00 AM For Aug, 2011
 PriorConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Inventories - M/M change0.8 %0.6 %0.3 % to 1.0 %0.4 %

Wholesalers are closely managing their inventories which rose only 0.4 percent in August relative to a 1.0 percent rise in sales at the wholesale level. But the slower rate of inventory build relative to sales growth did not lower, at least out to two decimals, the stock-to-sales ratio which came in at 1.16 for a fourth straight month. Up sharply in the month were inventories of autos excluding which wholesale inventories were unchanged. Electrical goods and metals also showed big monthly builds with furniture, paper, and petroleum products showing large draws. Next Friday's business inventory report will offer data on the retail sector.

Consensus Outlook
Wholesale inventories rose 0.8 percent in July following a 0.6 percent build in June in what are the lowest monthly rates since the fourth quarter. Comparatively, sales at the wholesale level have been slowing even more, showing no change in July vs a 0.6 percent rise in June and a 0.3 percent contraction in May.

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


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