TABLE-U.S. Dec wholesale inventories down 0.1 pct

Fri Feb 8, 2013 10:00am EST

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Feb 8 (Reuters) - Commerce Department report of wholesale inventories and sales, seasonally adjusted. (Percent Changes) Dec Nov (Prev) Dec12/11 Inventories Total -0.1 0.4 0.6 5.5 Durable Goods 0.2 0.4 0.4 7.7

Automotive -3.8 -0.6 0.4 -1.7

Prof'l equip 1.0 0.8 0.4 6.4

Computer equip. 0.9 -0.1 -0.4 8.7

Machinery 0.2 0.6 1.0 17.3 Nondurable Goods -0.6 0.6 0.8 2.4

Petroleum -0.2 0.6 1.3 0.2

Dec Nov (Prev) Dec12/11 Sales Total unch 2.2 2.3 3.7 Durable Goods -0.9 2.5 2.7 0.9

Automotive -0.7 1.3 2.8 5.8

Prof'l equip -2.3 2.7 2.4 0.5

Computer equip. -2.8 2.1 2.8 -2.1

Machinery -0.1 2.2 2.1 -1.9 Nondurable Goods 0.8 1.9 2.0 6.1

Petroleum 1.5 -0.1 0.1 8.2 (Billions of dlrs) Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'11 Inventories Total 497.65 498.25 498.95 471.88 Durable Goods 295.45 294.87 295.00 274.36

Automotive 43.80 45.54 45.98 44.57 Nondurables 202.20 203.38 203.95 197.53 (Billions of dlrs) Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'11 Sales Total 418.86 418.76 419.33 403.97 Durable Goods 186.29 188.02 188.27 184.71

Automotive 33.55 33.78 34.31 31.71 Nondurables 232.57 230.73 231.06 219.26 Stock-to_sales ratio Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'11

1.19 1.19 1.19 1.17

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. Dec. wholesale inventories +0.4 pct

U.S. Dec. wholesale sales +0.6 pct

NOTES/HISTORICAL COMPARISONS:

The stock-to-sales ratio is a measure of how long it would take to deplete inventories at the current sales pace.

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