Miscellaneous durable goods wholesalers report 0.3 percent decrease in May inventories


Inventories held by miscellaneous durable goods wholesalers in May were valued at $31 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent from the revised April 2019 level, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report which was released in August.

Miscellaneous durable goods wholesalers reported total inventories worth $31.1 billion the previous month.

The data is after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading day differences, but not for price changes.

The Census Bureau conducts a monthly wholesale trade survey in order to provide an up-to-date indication of sales and inventory trends for U.S. merchant wholesalers, excluding manufacturers' sales branches and offices.

The survey is considered to be a reliable measure of current economic activity.

Information requested in the survey includes monthly sales reports, end-of-month inventories, number of establishments covered by the report, and the ending date of the reporting period.

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