Business inventories unchanged in September vs expectation of 0.2% gain

U.S. business inventories were unchanged in September amid a jump in sales, government data showed on Wednesday.

The Commerce Department said the unchanged reading in business inventories followed a downwardly revised 0.6 percent increase in August. Inventories are a key component of gross
domestic product in addition to were previously reported to have risen 0.7 percent in August.

Retail inventories fell 0.9 percent in September instead of the 1.0 percent drop reported last month. Inventory investment contributed 0.73 percentage point to the economy’s 3.0 percent
annualized growth pace from the third quarter.

Business sales shot up 1.4 percent in September, adding to August’s 0.8 percent increase. At September’s sales pace, which could take 1.36 months for businesses to clear shelves, down
through 1.38 months in August.

The Manufacturing in addition to Trade Inventories in addition to Sales survey displays the combined value of distributive trade sales in addition to manufacturers’ shipments. The measure helps track in addition to make predictions about near-term business production activity.

CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to which report.

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