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Business Inventories Bode Well for 4Q GDP Revisions

A worker stacks boxes of television sets after they have been assembled, checked and repackaged, before moving them to the warehouse at Element Electronics in Winnsboro, South Carolina May 29, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
A worker stacks boxes of television sets after they have been assembled, checked and repackaged, before moving them to the warehouse at Element Electronics in Winnsboro, South Carolina May 29, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

A worker stacks boxes of television sets after they have been assembled, checked and repackaged, before moving them to the warehouse at Element Electronics in Winnsboro, South Carolina May 29, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

The U.S. Census report on manufacturing and trade statistics showed a stronger than expected build in business inventories, rising 0.4% compared to the 0.3% median forecast.

The report is welcomed news for those waiting and watching for widely-expected upward revisions to fourth quarter (4Q) gross domestic product (GDP). The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will post the second estimate for 4Q GDP on February 28 and the final reading on March 28.

Retails sales, which were also released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, were disappointing to say the least.

Sales

The combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for December, adjusted for seasonal and trading-day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,431.3 billion, up 0.6% (±0.3%) from November 2017 and was up 6.7% (±0.4%) from December 2016.

Inventories

Manufacturers’ and trade inventories, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for price changes, were estimated at an end-of-month level of $1,902.2 billion, up 0.4% (±0.1%) from November 2017 and were up 3.2% (±0.3%) from December 2016.

Inventories/Sales Ratio

The total business inventories/sales ratio based on seasonally adjusted data at the end of December was 1.33. The December 2016 ratio was 1.37.

Next Release

The next release for manufacturing and trade statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled for March 14, 2018.

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