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Inventories fell in March

Retail Inventories Economic Indicators




Retail Inventories fell by -2.8 % in March, to $786 billions, with declining inventory to sales ratio at 1.32 on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the Commerce Department.-0.15 U.S. retail inventories increased by 1.8 % from March 2023, led by inventory build up of 18.1 %, at the car dealars.
CPI Fuel Total retail Inventories excluding motor vehicle & parts fell by -3.12 % to $539,420 millions from $556,807 millions in Feb. 2024 and deacreased by -4.19 % from $563,024 millions March 2023.


Motor vehicle & parts dealers retail Inventories fell by -1.96 % to $246,988 millions from $251,917 millions in Feb. 2024 and increased by 18.10 % from $563,024 millions March 2023.


-5.70% -5.65% -4.99% -5.93% 1.81% -3.70% -1.72% -4.66%

Inventories / Sales Ratio  
Total Retail Inventories to Sales ratio was estimated at seasonally adjusted rate of 1.32, a deacrease from 1.32 Feb. 2024 and an increase from 1.30 March 2023.

Total retail Inventories to Sales ratio excluding motor vehicle & parts fell to 1.17 from 1.17 in Feb. 2024 and declined from 1.21 March 2023.


Retail Inventories Adjusted
(In millions $)
March 2024

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Feb. 2024

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Jan. 2024

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Dec. 2023

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Nov. 2023

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Retail Total
786,408 808,724 804,157 801,130 795,541
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
539,420 556,807 554,269 552,709 550,641
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
78,467 77,073 77,465 77,288 78,090
Food & beverage stores
60,571 64,234 63,879 63,601 63,567
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
246,988 251,917 249,888 248,421 244,900
Clothing & clothing access stores
58,163 61,219 61,308 61,047 61,382
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
30,281 28,688 28,237 27,973 28,270
General merchandise stores
97,381 99,086 99,183 100,243 99,288
Department stores ex. L.D.
20,742 21,674 21,749 21,900 21,738




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Sequential)
March 2024
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Feb. 2024
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Jan. 2024
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Dec. 2023
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Nov. 2023
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Retail Inventories -2.76 % 0.57 % 0.38 % 0.7 % -0.05 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts -3.12 % 0.46 % 0.28 % 0.38 % -1.01 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 1.81 % -0.51 % 0.23 % -1.03 % -0.56 %
Food & beverage stores -5.7 % 0.56 % 0.44 % 0.05 % -1.38 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers -1.96 % 0.81 % 0.59 % 1.44 % 2.19 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -4.99 % -0.15 % 0.43 % -0.55 % -0.9 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores 5.55 % 1.6 % 0.94 % -1.05 % -2.24 %
General merchandise stores -1.72 % -0.1 % -1.06 % 0.96 % -0.22 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -4.3 % -0.34 % -0.69 % 0.75 % -1.28 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Y / Y)
March 2024
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Feb. 2024
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Jan. 2024
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Dec. 2023
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Nov. 2023
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Retail Inventories 1.84 % 5.43 % -12.44 % 7.85 % 7.82 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts -4.19 % -0.79 % 1.75 % 1.77 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers -3.7 % -6.67 % 59.19 % -7.77 % -7.03 %
Food & beverage stores -5.65 % 0.34 % 15.79 % 2.01 % 1.31 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers 18.1 % 22.38 % 205.06 % 24.44 % 24.45 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -5.93 % -0.24 % 50.93 % 7.1 % 7.82 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores -5.97 % -10.89 % 45.12 % -9.57 % -5.8 %
General merchandise stores -4.66 % -1.79 % 14.06 % -1.32 % -1.57 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -8.38 % -5.3 % -63.26 % -3.52 % -4.68 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted Monthly


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INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED
(Ratio)
March 2024

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Feb. 2024

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Jan. 2024

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Dec. 2023

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Nov. 2023

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Retail Total
1.32 1.32 1.33 1.31 1.30
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
1.17 1.17 1.17 1.16 1.16
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
1.90 1.90 1.96 1.87 1.88
Food & beverage stores
0.78 0.78 0.77 0.76 0.77
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
1.87 1.87 1.90 1.84 1.81
Clothing & clothing access stores
2.31 2.31 2.32 2.29 2.34
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
1.56 1.56 1.54 1.53 1.52
General merchandise stores
1.33 1.33 1.35 1.36 1.36
Department stores ex. L.D.
1.96 1.96 1.96 2.00 2.05



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




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