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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.
Retailers increased their stock in July on the seasonally adjusted basis by 1.2 %, reported by the Commerce Department. The build up in inventories at the car dealers of 2.8 %, has largely contributed to overall increase in total retail inventories.

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.
CPI Fuel Total retail Inventories excluding motor vehicle & parts rose by 0.50 % to $415,956 millions from $413,869 millions in June 2020 and deacreased by -1.05 % from $420,353 millions July 2019.


Motor vehicle & parts dealers retail Inventories advanced by 2.75 % to $178,799 millions from $174,011 millions in June 2020 and deacreased by -27.53 % from $420,353 millions July 2019.


1.28% 3.16% -2.09% -6.31% 1.71% -2.32% 2.57% -3.67%

Inventories / Sales Ratio  
Total Retail Inventories to Sales ratio was estimated at seasonally adjusted rate of 1.23, a deacrease from 1.23 June 2020 and an deacrease from 1.45 July 2019.

Total retail Inventories to Sales ratio excluding motor vehicle & parts fell to 1.12 from 1.12 in June 2020 and declined from 1.18 July 2019.


Retail Inventories Adjusted
(In millions $)
July 2020

prel.
June 2020

prel.
May 2020

prel.
April 2020

final
March 2020

final
Retail Total
594,755 587,880 604,180 643,856 668,320
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
415,956 413,869 417,335 424,174 428,289
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
58,620 57,635 57,215 58,766 60,667
Food & beverage stores
51,280 50,633 49,902 49,994 48,614
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
178,799 174,011 186,845 219,682 240,031
Clothing & clothing access stores
48,343 49,376 51,758 53,251 54,140
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
24,077 24,183 24,783 26,426 27,430
General merchandise stores
77,591 75,647 77,361 77,694 79,805
Department stores ex. L.D.
20,083 20,455 21,734 22,157 23,203




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Sequential)
July 2020
prel.
June 2020
prel.
May 2020
prel.
April 2020
final
March 2020
final
Retail Inventories 1.17 % -2.7 % -6.16 % -3.66 % 1 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 0.5 % -0.83 % -1.61 % -0.96 % -1.03 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 1.71 % 0.73 % -2.64 % -3.13 % -0.23 %
Food & beverage stores 1.28 % 1.46 % -0.18 % 2.84 % -5.33 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers 2.75 % -6.87 % -14.95 % -8.48 % 4.85 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -2.09 % -4.6 % -2.8 % -1.64 % 2.6 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores -0.44 % -2.42 % -6.22 % -3.66 % -0.22 %
General merchandise stores 2.57 % -2.22 % -0.43 % -2.65 % -2.19 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -1.82 % -5.88 % -1.91 % -4.51 % -0.18 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Y / Y)
July 2020
prel.
June 2020
prel.
May 2020
prel.
April 2020
final
March 2020
final
Retail Inventories -10.84 % -11.2 % -9.03 % -2.64 % 1.66 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts -1.05 % -1.22 % -0.6 % 1.56 % 2.88 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers -2.32 % -3.3 % -3.84 % -1.85 % 2.47 %
Food & beverage stores 3.16 % 2.33 % 0.97 % 0.55 % -1.4 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers -27.53 % -28.4 % -23.5 % -9.83 % -0.45 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -6.31 % -3.92 % -0.08 % 2.79 % 4.22 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores -13.22 % -12.99 % -11.89 % -7.11 % -3.09 %
General merchandise stores -3.67 % -5.69 % -3.89 % -4.41 % -2.2 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -13.97 % -12.66 % -7.41 % -6.73 % -4.05 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted Monthly


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INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED
(Ratio)
July 2020

prel.
June 2020

prel.
May 2020

prel.
April 2020

final
March 2020

final
Retail Total
1.23 1.23 1.35 1.68 1.53
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
1.12 1.12 1.20 1.35 1.19
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
1.60 1.55 1.55 1.79 1.83
Food & beverage stores
0.71 0.71 0.69 0.70 0.60
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
1.63 1.57 1.83 3.21 3.07
Clothing & clothing access stores
2.81 2.94 6.21 17.67 4.83
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
1.35 1.49 2.01 3.39 1.81
General merchandise stores
1.28 1.24 1.30 1.38 1.24
Department stores ex. L.D.
2.09 2.07 2.58 3.58 2.71



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


       
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