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

April 12 Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:00am EDT

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April 12 (Reuters) - Commerce Department seasonally adjusted data on U.S. business inventories and sales. PCT CHANGES: INVENTORIES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'13/12 Total Business 0.1 0.9 1.0 4.9 Manufacturers 0.2 0.6 0.5 2.2 Retailers 0.3 1.4 1.5 8.6 Autos/parts 0.1 1.6 1.9 17.9 Wholesalers -0.3 0.8 1.2 4.7 SALES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'13/12 Total Business 1.2 -0.1 -0.3 3.7 Manufacturers 0.9 0.4 -0.2 3.2 Retailers 1.2 UNCH 0.3 4.4 Autos/parts 1.3 0.9 -0.3 7.8 Wholesalers 1.7 -0.8 -0.8 3.7 BLNS OF DLRS: INVENTORIES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'12 Total Business 1,642.1 1,640.7 1,642.2 1,565.0 Manufacturers 620.0 618.9 618.4 606.7 Retailers 520.8 519.0 519.4 479.5 Autos/parts 163.1 162.9 163.4 138.3 Wholesalers 501.4 502.7 504.4 478.9 SALES Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'12 Total Business 1,286.7 1,270.9 1,268.8 1,241.1 Manufacturers 489.3 485.0 481.8 474.4 Retailers 374.9 370.4 371.6 359.2 Autos/parts 78.3 77.2 77.6 72.6 Wholesalers 422.5 415.5 415.4 407.5 Inventory-to- Feb Jan (Prev) Feb'12 Sales Ratio 1.28 1.29 1.29 1.26

FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. Feb business inventories +0.4 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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