TABLE-U.S. March business inventories rose 0.4 pct

May 14 (BestGrowthStock) – Commerce Department seasonally adjusted data on U.S. business inventories and sales.
PCT CHANGES:
INVENTORIES March Feb (Prev) March10/09
Total Business 0.4 0.5 0.5 -5.0
Manufacturers 0.3 0.7 0.5 -4.0
Retailers 0.4 0.2 0.3 -5.8
Autos/parts 0.3 1.3 1.3 -12.2
Wholesalers 0.4 0.6 0.6 -5.3
SALES March Feb (Prev) March10/09
Total Business 2.3 0.6 0.3 11.9
Manufacturers 2.2 0.4 -0.1 10.7
Retailers 2.3 0.3 0.2 9.2
Autos/parts 6.7 0.5 -1.9 14.4
Wholesalers 2.4 1.2 0.8 15.8
BLNS OF DLRS:
INVENTORIES March Feb (Prev) March09
Total Business 1,327.5 1,322.7 1,326.4 1,396.9
Manufacturers 500.7 499.2 498.3 521.5
Retailers 432.0 430.2 434.6 458.5
Autos/parts 115.1 114.7 115.9 131.1
Wholesalers 394.8 393.2 393.5 416.9
SALES March Feb (Prev) March09
Total Business 1,069.0 1,044.8 1,041.9 955.6
Manufacturers 395.6 387.0 384.9 357.2
Retailers 325.4 318.1 318.4 297.9
Autos/parts 62.5 58.6 58.8 54.7
Wholesalers 348.0 339.7 338.7 300.5
Inventory-to- March Feb (Prev) March09
Sales Ratio 1.24 1.27 1.27 1.46

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. March 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.

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TABLE-U.S. March business inventories rose 0.4 pct