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

May 11 (BestGrowthStock) – Commerce Department report of wholesale inventories and sales, seasonally adjusted.
(Percent Changes) March Feb (Prev) March10/09
Inventories Total 0.4 0.6 0.6 -5.3
Durable Goods 0.8 0.6 0.5 -9.2

Automotive 0.9 0.5 0.2 -11.2

Profl equip 1.6 -0.2 unch -2.4

Computer equip. 2.6 2.6 2.5 10.7

Machinery -1.3 -0.6 -0.5 -14.9
Nondurable Goods -0.2 0.4 0.8 1.0

Petroleum 1.7 3.0 3.1 47.8

March Feb (Prev) March10/09
Sales Total 2.4 1.2 0.8 15.8
Durable Goods 2.0 0.6 0.2 13.7

Automotive -2.9 2.2 2.4 19.4

Profl equip 0.6 -1.3 -1.1 7.1

Computer equip. 0.2 -1.5 -1.2 15.4

Machinery 2.3 2.5 2.0 1.9
Nondurable Goods 2.8 1.6 1.4 17.6

Petroleum 6.6 4.6 3.7 71.0
(Billions of dlrs) March Feb (Prev) March09
Inventories Total 394.79 393.22 393.48 416.94
Durable Goods 235.01 233.12 232.73 258.75

Automotive 34.27 33.97 33.86 38.58
Nondurables 159.78 160.11 160.75 158.20
(Billions of dlrs) March Feb (Prev) March09
Sales Total 348.02 339.74 338.66 300.49
Durable Goods 156.21 153.12 152.51 137.41

Automotive 22.80 23.47 23.51 19.09
Nondurables 191.81 186.62 186.15 163.08
Stock-to-sales ratio March Feb (Prev) March09

1.13 1.16 1.16 1.39

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. March wholesale inventories +0.5 pct

U.S. March wholesale sales +1.0 pct

NOTES/HISTORICAL COMPARISONS:

The stock-to-sales ratio is a measure of how long it would take to deplete inventories at the current sales pace.

Investment

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