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Inventories jump in April

Retail Inventories Economic Indicators




Retailers increased their stock in April on the seasonally adjusted basis by 1.3 %, reported by the Commerce Department. Retail inventories is closely watched by investors and economists for signs of whether the consumer demand is growing or shrinking. Retail inventories have climbed by 3.2 % for the year, led by building materials and garden equipment inventories.
CPI Fuel Total retail Inventories excluding motor vehicle & parts rose by 0.88 % to $408,537 millions from $404,966 millions in March 2018 and increased by 3.25 % from $395,667 millions April 2017.


Motor vehicle & parts dealers retail Inventories advanced by 2.04 % to $224,419 millions from $219,936 millions in March 2018 and increased by 3.00 % from $395,667 millions April 2017.


-0.70% 2.20% -0.72% -1.09% -1.80% 3.32% 0.62% 0.66%

Inventories / Sales Ratio  
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Total Retail Inventories to Sales ratio was estimated at seasonally adjusted rate of 1.44, an advance from 1.43 March 2018 and an deacrease from 1.46 April 2017.

Total retail Inventories to Sales ratio excluding motor vehicle & parts rose to 1.21 from 1.20 in March 2018 and declined from 1.23 April 2017.


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Retail Inventories Adjusted
(In millions $)
April 2018

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March 2018

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Feb. 2018

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Jan. 2018

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Dec. 2017

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Nov. 2017

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Retail Total
632,956 624,902 628,049 625,557 620,850 619,514
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
408,537 404,966 405,424 404,835 403,999 401,795
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
55,807 56,830 56,621 56,116 55,720 55,484
Food & beverage stores
48,279 48,620 49,101 48,838 48,743 48,253
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
224,419 219,936 222,625 220,722 216,851 217,719
Clothing & clothing access stores
52,201 52,578 52,820 52,383 52,275 52,005
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
27,997 27,912 28,103 27,771 27,932 27,460
General merchandise stores
81,042 80,544 80,851 80,535 80,368 80,181
Department stores ex. L.D.
25,571 25,027 25,470 25,445 25,244 25,267




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Sequential)
April 2018
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March 2018
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Feb. 2018
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Jan. 2018
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Dec. 2017
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Nov. 2017
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Retail Inventories 1.29 % -0.5 % 0.4 % 0.76 % 0.22 % 0.16 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 0.88 % -0.11 % 0.15 % 0.21 % 0.55 % 0.35 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers -1.8 % 0.37 % 0.9 % 0.71 % 0.43 % 0.36 %
Food & beverage stores -0.7 % -0.98 % 0.54 % 0.19 % 1.02 % 1.1 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers 2.04 % -1.21 % 0.86 % 1.79 % -0.4 % -0.19 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -0.72 % -0.46 % 0.83 % 0.21 % 0.52 % -0.02 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores 0.3 % -0.68 % 1.2 % -0.58 % 1.72 % -0.3 %
General merchandise stores 0.62 % -0.38 % 0.39 % 0.21 % 0.23 % 0.02 %
Department stores ex. L.D. 2.17 % -1.74 % 0.1 % 0.8 % -0.09 % -0.57 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted
( In %, Y / Y)
April 2018
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March 2018
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Feb. 2018
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Jan. 2018
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Dec. 2017
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Nov. 2017
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Retail Inventories 3.16 % 1.36 % 2 % 1.97 % 2.05 % 1.78 %
Total excl motor vehicle & parts 3.25 % 2.05 % 2.58 % 2.42 % 2.2 % 1.93 %
Building materials garden equip. supplies dealers 3.32 % 4.88 % 2.87 % 2.01 % 1.44 % 1.3 %
Food & beverage stores 2.2 % 3.86 % 6.37 % 6.06 % 5.46 % 5.2 %
Motor vehicle & parts dealers 3 % 0.1 % 0.94 % 1.15 % 1.77 % 1.51 %
Clothing & clothing access stores -1.09 % -1.15 % -2.65 % -3.18 % -3.48 % -3.78 %
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores 2.77 % 1.87 % 2.73 % 2.92 % 3.99 % 2.15 %
General merchandise stores 0.66 % -0.6 % 1.45 % 0.22 % -0.19 % -0.56 %
Department stores ex. L.D. -4.16 % -6.55 % -4.42 % -6.25 % -6.7 % -6.26 %




Retail Inventories Adjusted Monthly


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INVENTORIES/SALES, RATIOS ADJUSTED
(Ratio)
April 2018

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March 2018

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Feb. 2018

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Jan. 2018

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Dec. 2017

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Nov. 2017

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Retail Total
1.44 1.43 1.45 1.44 1.43 1.42
Total excl. Motor vehicle & parts
1.21 1.20 1.21 1.21 1.21 1.20
Building materials, garden equip. supplies dealers
1.76 1.76 1.72 1.74 1.71 1.70
Food & beverage stores
0.78 0.79 0.80 0.80 0.80 0.79
Motor vehicle & parts dealers
2.20 2.17 2.24 2.19 2.13 2.14
Clothing & clothing access stores
2.31 2.37 2.38 2.37 2.39 2.34
Furniture, home furn, electronic, and appliance stores
1.51 1.52 1.56 1.53 1.55 1.49
General merchandise stores
1.38 1.37 1.39 1.37 1.37 1.37
Department stores ex. L.D.
2.04 2.00 2.03 2.00 2.00 1.98



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


     
       
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