Business Inventories Rise in January

Business inventories rose 0.7% in January as automobile stockpiles increased by the most in a year and a half, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

The stockpiles gain followed a revised 0.6% increase in December that was larger than first reported. Sales rose 0.4%.

The January inventories surpassed economists’ projections of a 0.5% rise, Bloomberg reported.

Factory inventories, which make up about two-fifths of the total, rose 0.6%, while wholesale inventories, which make up about 30%, increased 0.4%.

Automobile stockpiles climbed 2.6%, the most since July 2010.

When sales are growing, it usually means trucking is seeing additional demand to deliver goods and restock shelves.


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