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U.S. retail inventories rise in July

Retail Inventories Economic Indicators



The retail inventories growth rate accelerated compare to the slow down in previous month, due to growing inventories at the car dealars.
The Commerce Department announced U.S. retail inventories surged , to $667 billions from $662 billions, lifting inventory to sales ratio to 1.45 from 1.45 in previous month, above recent average, indicating slowing demand and possible decline in industrial production by 0.8 % in July to , to $667 billions from $662 billions, lifting inventory to sales ratio to 1.45 from 1.45 in previous month, above recent average, indicating slowing demand and possible decline in industrial production on the seasonally adjusted basis. The build up in inventories was led by building materials, food and apparel retailers.

The inventories to sales ratios show the relationship of the end-of-month values of inventory to the monthly sales. These ratios can be looked at as indications of the number of months of inventory that are on hand in relation to the sales for a month. Over the last 12 months, inventories grew by 4.5 %, led by inventory build up of 7.4 %, at the car dealars.
CPI Fuel Total retail Inventories excluding motor vehicle & parts rose by 0.33 % to $420,353 millions from $418,978 millions in June 2019 and increased by 2.92 % from $408,429 millions July 2018.


Motor vehicle & parts dealers retail Inventories advanced by 1.52 % to $246,724 millions from $243,037 millions in June 2019 and increased by 7.40 % from $408,429 millions July 2018.


0.46% 2.51% 0.40% 0.68% 0.69% 4.35% 0.42% -1.11%

Inventories / Sales Ratio  
Total Retail Inventories to Sales ratio was estimated at seasonally adjusted rate of 1.45, a deacrease from 1.45 June 2019 and an increase from 1.43 July 2018.

Total retail Inventories to Sales ratio excluding motor vehicle & parts fell to 1.18 from 1.19 in June 2019 and declined from 1.19 July 2018.


Retail Inventories Adjusted
(In millions $)
July 2019

prel.
June 2019

final
May 2019

prel.
April 2019

final
March 2019

prel.
Retail Total
667,077 662,015 664,117 661,291 657,414
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
420,353 418,978 419,869 417,669 416,303
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
60,010 59,599 59,502 59,874 59,206
Food & beverage stores
49,707 49,480 49,421 49,720 49,305
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
246,724 243,037 244,248 243,622 241,111
Clothing & clothing access stores
51,597 51,392 51,797 51,806 51,948
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
27,746 27,794 28,128 28,449 28,305
General merchandise stores
80,547 80,212 80,489 81,280 81,602
Department stores ex. L.D.
23,344 23,419 23,474 23,755 24,182




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Sequential)
July 2019
prel.
June 2019
final
May 2019
prel.
April 2019
final
March 2019
prel.
Retail Inventories 0.76 % -0.32 % 0.43 % 0.59 % -0.32 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 0.33 % -0.21 % 0.53 % 0.33 % 0.02 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 0.69 % 0.16 % -0.62 % 1.13 % 0.06 %
Food & beverage stores 0.46 % 0.12 % -0.6 % 0.84 % 0.11 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers 1.52 % -0.5 % 0.26 % 1.04 % -0.89 %
Clothing & clothing access stores 0.4 % -0.78 % -0.02 % -0.27 % -0.17 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores -0.17 % -1.19 % -1.13 % 0.51 % -0.97 %
General merchandise stores 0.42 % -0.34 % -0.97 % -0.39 % -0.18 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -0.32 % -0.23 % -1.18 % -1.77 % -0.33 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Y / Y)
July 2019
prel.
June 2019
final
May 2019
prel.
April 2019
final
March 2019
prel.
Retail Inventories 4.53 % 4.17 % 4.59 % 4.48 % 5.2 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 2.92 % 2.41 % 2.82 % 2.24 % 2.8 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 4.35 % 4.2 % 5.61 % 7.29 % 4.18 %
Food & beverage stores 2.51 % 2.22 % 2.14 % 2.98 % 1.41 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers 7.4 % 7.36 % 7.76 % 8.56 % 9.63 %
Clothing & clothing access stores 0.68 % 0.03 % 0.6 % -0.76 % -1.2 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores 0.27 % 1.54 % 1.87 % 1.61 % 1.41 %
General merchandise stores -1.11 % -1.2 % -1.12 % 0.29 % 1.31 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -7.99 % -8.3 % -8.57 % -7.1 % -3.38 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted Monthly


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INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED
(Ratio)
July 2019

prel.
June 2019

final
May 2019

prel.
April 2019

final
March 2019

prel.
Retail Total
1.45 1.45 1.46 1.45 1.45
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
1.18 1.19 1.20 1.19 1.20
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
1.91 1.91 1.92 1.83 1.79
Food & beverage stores
0.75 0.76 0.77 0.79 0.78
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
2.36 2.33 2.35 2.32 2.29
Clothing & clothing access stores
2.27 2.29 2.31 2.27 2.27
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
1.55 1.55 1.57 1.57 1.56
General merchandise stores
1.34 1.35 1.34 1.33 1.36
Department stores ex. L.D.
2.04 2.07 2.04 1.95 2.01



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


             
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