TABLE-U.S. Feb business inventories rose 0.5 pct

April 14 (BestGrowthStock) – Commerce Department seasonally adjusted data on U.S. business inventories and sales.
PCT CHANGES:
INVENTORIES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb10/09
Total Business 0.5 0.2 UNCH -6.7
Manufacturers 0.5 0.3 0.2 -5.6
Retailers 0.3 0.1 -0.1 -7.2
Autos/parts 1.3 1.0 0.5 -14.7
Wholesalers 0.6 0.1 -0.2 -7.4
SALES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb10/09
Total Business 0.3 0.7 0.6 6.8
Manufacturers -0.1 0.7 0.3 6.1
Retailers 0.2 0.6 0.2 4.7
Autos/parts -1.9 -0.1 -1.5 3.8
Wholesalers 0.8 0.9 1.3 9.8
BLNS OF DLRS:
INVENTORIES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb09
Total Business 1,326.4 1,320.2 1,310.2 1,421.3
Manufacturers 498.3 495.8 495.2 527.9
Retailers 434.6 433.4 432.8 468.3
Autos/parts 115.9 114.4 113.9 136.0
Wholesalers 393.5 391.0 382.2 425.0
SALES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb09
Total Business 1,041.9 1,038.9 1,046.9 975.3
Manufacturers 384.9 385.3 383.7 362.7
Retailers 318.4 317.7 316.4 304.1
Autos/parts 58.8 59.9 59.1 56.7
Wholesalers 338.7 335.9 346.7 308.5
Inventory-to- Feb Jan (Prev) Feb09
Sales Ratio 1.27 1.27 1.25 1.46

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. Feb business inventories +0.4 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.

TABLE-U.S. Feb business inventories rose 0.5 pct