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Wholesale Inventories Rose Modestly In December

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.3 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, rising less than economists expected, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Inventories rose to $517.9 billion, the bureau said.

Economists, however, had expected a gain of 0.5 percent.

For 2013, the bureau said inventories were up 3.9 percent.

Inventories were up 4 percent from December 2012, the bureau said.

Wholesale sales also gained, climbing 0.5 percent from November to $442.4 billion, 5.8 percent higher than December 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department said.

Sales of durable goods rose 0.3 percent from November and rose 5.6 percent from December 2012.

Sales of non-durable goods were up 0.6 percent from the previous month and 6 percent from 12 months earlier.

Inventories of durable goods were up 1.3 percent from the previous month and 5.7 percent from December 2012.

Inventories of non-durable goods declined 1.3 percent from November, but rose 1.3 percent from December 2012.

The inventories-to-sales ratio for wholesalers in December, seasonally adjusted, was 1.17, a drop from December 2012 when the ratio stood at 1.19.

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