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Retail inventories unchanged in February

Retail Inventories Economic Indicators



Retail inventories flat in February, on declinin consumer demand,
Retail Inventories remained unchanged in February, at $626 billions, with inventory to sales ratio at 1.23 on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the Commerce Department. The stagnation in retail inventories suggests that consumers became more cautious on spending their income, raising concerns about growth prospect of the U.S. Economy.
CPI Fuel Total retail Inventories excluding motor vehicle & parts rose by 1.22 % to $441,264 millions from $435,962 millions in Jan. 2021 and increased by 1.97 % from $432,753 millions Feb. 2020.


Motor vehicle & parts dealers retail Inventories fell by -2.64 % to $184,639 millions from $189,648 millions in Jan. 2021 and deacreased by -19.35 % from $432,753 millions Feb. 2020.


0.50% 2.66% -0.62% -9.93% 2.73% 11.81% 0.87% 1.59%

Inventories / Sales Ratio  
Total Retail Inventories to Sales ratio was estimated at seasonally adjusted rate of 1.23, an advance from 1.19 Jan. 2021 and an deacrease from 1.43 Feb. 2020.

Total retail Inventories to Sales ratio excluding motor vehicle & parts rose to 1.12 from 1.08 in Jan. 2021 and declined from 1.21 Feb. 2020.


Retail Inventories Adjusted
(In millions $)
Feb. 2021

prel.
Jan. 2021

final
Dec. 2020

prel.
Nov. 2020

prel.
Oct. 2020

final
Retail Total
625,903 625,610 612,732 617,142 612,732
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
441,264 435,962 425,881 426,788 425,881
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
67,988 66,180 63,323 64,166 63,323
Food & beverage stores
52,715 52,455 52,305 52,418 52,305
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
184,639 189,648 186,851 190,354 186,851
Clothing & clothing access stores
47,527 47,825 47,525 47,832 47,525
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
27,290 26,651 26,032 26,090 26,032
General merchandise stores
82,886 82,173 80,901 80,945 80,901
Department stores ex. L.D.
21,292 21,125 21,031 21,191 21,031




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Sequential)
Feb. 2021
prel.
Jan. 2021
final
Dec. 2020
prel.
Nov. 2020
prel.
Oct. 2020
final
Retail Inventories 0.05 % 2.1 % -0.71 % 0.72 % 0.83 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 1.22 % 2.37 % -0.21 % 0.21 % 0.71 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 2.73 % 4.51 % -1.31 % 1.33 % 4.31 %
Food & beverage stores 0.5 % 0.29 % -0.22 % 0.22 % 0.79 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers -2.64 % 1.5 % -1.84 % 1.87 % 1.11 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -0.62 % 0.63 % -0.64 % 0.65 % 0.74 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores 2.4 % 2.38 % -0.22 % 0.22 % 3.1 %
General merchandise stores 0.87 % 1.57 % -0.05 % 0.05 % 2.11 %
Department stores ex. L.D. 0.79 % 0.45 % -0.76 % 0.76 % 1.57 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Y / Y)
Feb. 2021
prel.
Jan. 2021
final
Dec. 2020
prel.
Nov. 2020
prel.
Oct. 2020
final
Retail Inventories -5.41 % -5.1 % -7.25 % -6.71 % -8.1 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 1.97 % 3.25 % 1.16 % 1.24 % 0.83 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 11.81 % 8.85 % 3.01 % 4.75 % 3.64 %
Food & beverage stores 2.66 % 3.7 % 3.89 % 4.08 % 4.37 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers -19.35 % -19.98 % -22.03 % -20.67 % -23.55 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -9.93 % -6.28 % -6.57 % -6.36 % -7.17 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores -0.73 % -2.92 % -4.4 % -5.19 % -5.98 %
General merchandise stores 1.59 % 3.33 % 1.67 % 0.98 % 0.61 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -8.4 % -5.78 % -5.55 % -7.54 % -9.71 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted Monthly


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INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED
(Ratio)
Feb. 2021

prel.
Jan. 2021

final
Dec. 2020

prel.
Nov. 2020

prel.
Oct. 2020

final
Retail Total
1.23 1.19 1.23 1.26 1.23
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
1.12 1.08 1.12 1.13 1.12
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
1.73 1.64 1.63 1.68 1.63
Food & beverage stores
0.74 0.73 0.74 0.74 0.74
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
1.58 1.57 1.68 1.69 1.68
Clothing & clothing access stores
2.46 2.34 2.40 2.57 2.40
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
1.46 1.38 1.44 1.51 1.44
General merchandise stores
1.33 1.24 1.30 1.32 1.30
Department stores ex. L.D.
2.23 2.04 2.16 2.35 2.16



Source: Retail Indicators Branch, U.S. Census Bureau
Census.gov


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