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“Total inventories of merchant wholesalers were $633.5 billion at the end of May, up 0.6 percent from the revised April level,” the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Wednesday.

Key takeaways from the official publication

  • Total inventories were up 5.9 percent from the revised May 2017 level.
  • The May inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, based on seasonally adjusted data, was 1.24. The May 2017 ratio was 1.31.
  • May 2018 sales of merchant wholesalers were $509.0 billion, up 2.5 percent from the revised April level and were up 11.8 percent from the May 2017 level.