Business inventories for April increased 0.4% to $1.3 trillion

$155 billion
April '06 inventories at motor vehicle and parts dealers, a decrease of 0.8% from March 
$48 billion
April '06 inventories at building materials, garden equipment & supplies, an increase of  0.9% from March 


Manufacturers’ and trade inventories were estimated at an end-of-month level of $1,310.3 billion, up 0.4% from March and up 4.1% from April 2005 (adjusted for seasonal variations but not for price changes), according to U.S. Census Bureau.

The combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for April, adjusted for seasonal and trading-day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,043.3 billion, up 0.6 percent from March and up 7.5 percent from April 2005.

The total business inventories/sales ratio based on seasonally adjusted data at the end of April was 1.26, unchanged from March. The April 2005 ratio was 1.30.


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