Business inventories rose 0.8% in October while sales increased, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.
The stockpiles gain followed little change in September.
Sales rose 0.7%.
The October inventories increase matched economists’ projections, Bloomberg reported.
Factory inventories, which make up about two-fifths of the total, rose 0.9%, while wholesale inventories, which make up about 30%, climbed 1.6%.
When sales are growing, it usually means trucking is seeing additional demand to deliver goods and restock shelves.