TABLE - U.S. Dec business inventories rose 0.1 pct

Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:00am EST

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Feb 13 (Reuters) - Commerce Department seasonally adjusted data on U.S. business inventories and sales. PCT CHANGES: INVENTORIES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'12/11 Total Business 0.1 0.2 0.3 5.1 Manufacturers 0.1 UNCH UNCH 2.4 Retailers 0.5 0.3 0.3 8.0 Autos/parts 0.8 0.5 0.5 20.5 Wholesalers -0.1 0.4 0.6 5.5 SALES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'12/11 Total Business 0.3 0.9 1.0 3.6 Manufacturers 0.4 0.3 0.4 3.0 Retailers 0.4 0.4 0.3 4.4 Autos/parts 1.2 2.7 2.7 7.0 Wholesalers UNCH 2.2 2.3 3.7 BLNS OF DLRS: INVENTORIES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'11 Total Business 1,623.1 1,620.9 1,621.5 1,544.7 Manufacturers 615.5 615.0 615.2 600.8 Retailers 510.0 507.7 507.4 472.0 Autos/parts 159.9 158.7 158.8 132.8 Wholesalers 497.7 498.3 498.9 471.9 SALES Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'11 Total Business 1,274.1 1,270.8 1,271.6 1,229.4 Manufacturers 484.9 483.1 483.7 470.8 Retailers 370.4 369.0 368.5 354.7 Autos/parts 77.7 76.8 76.8 72.6 Wholesalers 418.9 418.8 419.3 404.0 Inventory-to- Dec Nov (Prev) Dec'11 Sales Ratio 1.27 1.28 1.28 1.26

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. Dec business inventories +0.3 pct

HISTORICAL COMPARISONS/NOTES:

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

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