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Wholesale Inventories Rise Marginally, Signal Slower Q4 GDP

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:03 AM

U.S. wholesale inventories barely rose in December, the latest suggestion that fourth-quarter growth could be revised lower.

The Commerce Department said on Tuesday wholesale inventories edged up 0.1 percent as lower crude oil prices weighed on the value of petroleum stocks. Stocks at wholesalers had increased by an unrevised 0.8 percent in November.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast wholesale inventories rising 0.2 percent in December.

Inventories are a key component of gross domestic product changes. The component that goes into the calculation of GDP — wholesale stocks excluding autos — nudged up 0.1 percent.

The report, together with last week's data showing a 0.3 percent fall in manufacturing inventories in December, suggested the boost to GDP growth from restocking in the fourth quarter was probably not as large as initially thought.

The government estimated last month that inventories added 0.8 percentage point to the economy's annualized 2.6 percent growth pace in the fourth quarter.

Sales at wholesalers fell 0.4 percent in December after a similar decline in November. At December's sales pace it would take 1.22 months to clear shelves, down from 1.21 months in November.

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U.S. wholesale inventories barely rose in December, the latest suggestion that fourth-quarter growth could be revised lower.
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2015-03-10
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