TABLE-U.S. Feb wholesale inventories fell 0.3 pct

April 9 Tue Apr 9, 2013 10:00am EDT

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April 9 (Reuters) - Commerce Department report of wholesale inventories and sales, seasonally adjusted. (Percent Changes) Feb Jan (Prev) Feb13/12 Inventories Total -0.3 0.8 1.2 4.7 Durable Goods 0.2 0.9 1.1 7.5

Automotive unch 0.2 0.4 -2.0

Prof'l equip 0.5 1.7 1.9 9.6

Computer equip. 2.2 2.8 3.2 16.0

Machinery 0.1 1.4 1.7 15.7 Nondurable Goods -0.9 0.7 1.2 0.7

Petroleum -1.7 -0.3 1.9 -9.6

Feb Jan (Prev) Feb13/12 Sales Total 1.7 -0.8 -0.8 3.7 Durable Goods 0.4 0.8 0.7 2.0

Automotive -0.6 0.5 0.7 2.7

Prof'l equip 2.2 1.0 0.3 3.1

Computer equip. 2.3 1.2 0.4 0.3

Machinery 0.2 4.4 4.2 6.6 Nondurable Goods 2.7 -2.1 -2.1 5.1

Petroleum 10.6 -4.0 -4.5 8.4 (Billions of dlrs) Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'12 Inventories Total 501.36 502.72 504.41 478.90 Durable Goods 299.52 299.04 299.73 278.53

Automotive 43.82 43.82 43.92 44.71 Nondurables 201.84 203.69 204.68 200.37 (Billions of dlrs) Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'12 Sales Total 422.52 415.54 415.41 407.54 Durable Goods 188.79 188.05 188.00 185.10

Automotive 33.50 33.69 33.77 32.63 Nondurables 233.73 227.49 227.41 222.45 Stock-to_sales ratio Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'12

1.19 1.21 1.21 1.18

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. Feb. wholesale inventories +0.5 pct

U.S. Feb. wholesale sales +1.3 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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