Wholesale inventories rose in February while sales fell for the first time in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
The 1% increase matched Januaryâ€™s gain, which originally had been reported as a 1.1% increase. Februaryâ€™s level matched economistsâ€™ forecasts, Bloomberg reported.
Wholesale sales fell 0.8%, the first decline since June, following a 3.3% jump in January that had been the biggest in 18 years.
Factory inventories, which make up about two-fifths of the total, rose 0.8% following a 1.5% increase.
Durable goods inventories rose 0.6%, boosted by metals and automobiles, Bloomberg reported, while the value of unsold non-durable goods rose 1.5% and sales fell 0.4%.
Wholesale inventories account for about a fourth of total business stockpiles, while retailers and factories account for the rest.
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