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March 2022 The inventories grew 2.9 %

Retail Inventories Economic Indicators




In March 2022 Retail Inventories have climbed by 2.9 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, to $686 billions from $667 billions, elevating inventory to sales ratio to 1.16, above recent average, indicating slowing demand and possible decline in industrial production, reported by the Commerce Department. 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. From March 2021, retail inventories jumped by 12 % led by growing inventories at general merchandise stores by 22.6 %.
CPI Fuel Total retail Inventories excluding motor vehicle & parts rose by 3.31 % to $515,560 millions from $499,024 millions in Feb. 2022 and increased by 17.95 % from $437,101 millions March 2021.


Motor vehicle & parts dealers retail Inventories advanced by 1.76 % to $170,804 millions from $167,853 millions in Feb. 2022 and deacreased by -2.89 % from $437,101 millions March 2021.


2.62% 9.01% -2.12% 11.51% 3.99% 21.98% 0.14% 22.60%

Inventories / Sales Ratio  
Total Retail Inventories to Sales ratio was estimated at seasonally adjusted rate of 1.16, an advance from 1.13 Feb. 2022 and an increase from 1.10 March 2021.

Total retail Inventories to Sales ratio excluding motor vehicle & parts rose to 1.12 from 1.11 in Feb. 2022 and grew from 1.04 March 2021.


Retail Inventories Adjusted
(In millions $)
March 2022

prel.
Feb. 2022

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Jan. 2022

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Dec. 2021

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Nov. 2021

prel.
Retail Total
686,364 666,877 658,644 642,829 617,037
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
515,560 499,024 492,260 480,818 465,385
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
78,325 75,321 74,891 72,739 69,912
Food & beverage stores
58,887 57,385 55,395 55,187 54,933
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
170,804 167,853 166,384 162,011 151,652
Clothing & clothing access stores
53,385 54,543 53,919 51,705 50,327
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
32,434 33,258 31,786 31,204 29,760
General merchandise stores
101,340 101,202 99,189 91,734 90,389
Department stores ex. L.D.
24,034 24,790 24,146 23,091 22,377




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Sequential)
March 2022
prel.
Feb. 2022
prel.
Jan. 2022
final
Dec. 2021
final
Nov. 2021
prel.
Retail Inventories 2.92 % 1.25 % 2.46 % 4.18 % 2.18 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 3.31 % 1.37 % 2.38 % 3.32 % 1.5 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 3.99 % 0.57 % 2.96 % 4.04 % 2.48 %
Food & beverage stores 2.62 % 3.59 % 0.38 % 0.46 % 0.41 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers 1.76 % 0.88 % 2.7 % 6.83 % 4.32 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -2.12 % 1.16 % 4.28 % 2.74 % 1.8 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores -2.48 % 4.63 % 1.87 % 4.85 % -0.58 %
General merchandise stores 0.14 % 2.03 % 8.13 % 1.49 % 1.07 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -3.05 % 2.67 % 4.57 % 3.19 % 2.47 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Y / Y)
March 2022
prel.
Feb. 2022
prel.
Jan. 2022
final
Dec. 2021
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Nov. 2021
prel.
Retail Inventories 11.97 % 6.55 % 5.28 % 4.91 % -0.02 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 17.95 % 13.09 % 12.91 % 12.9 % 9.04 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 21.98 % 10.79 % 13.16 % 14.87 % 8.95 %
Food & beverage stores 9.01 % 8.86 % 5.6 % 5.51 % 4.8 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers -2.89 % -9.09 % -12.27 % -13.29 % -20.33 %
Clothing & clothing access stores 11.51 % 14.76 % 12.74 % 8.8 % 5.22 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores 19.4 % 21.87 % 19.27 % 19.87 % 14.07 %
General merchandise stores 22.6 % 22.1 % 20.71 % 13.39 % 11.67 %
Department stores ex. L.D. 22.24 % 16.43 % 14.3 % 9.8 % 5.6 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted Monthly


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INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED
(Ratio)
March 2022

prel.
Feb. 2022

prel.
Jan. 2022

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Dec. 2021

final
Nov. 2021

prel.
Retail Total
1.16 1.13 1.13 1.16 1.08
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
1.12 1.11 1.09 1.12 1.05
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
1.84 1.74 1.74 1.72 1.67
Food & beverage stores
0.76 0.73 0.71 0.71 0.71
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
1.32 1.23 1.24 1.29 1.19
Clothing & clothing access stores
2.05 2.08 2.07 1.99 1.87
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
1.64 1.66 1.61 1.66 1.48
General merchandise stores
1.47 1.42 1.39 1.32 1.28
Department stores ex. L.D.
2.11 2.04 2.02 2.11 1.92



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


       
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