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Wholesale Trade  
Released On 2/9/2017 10:00:00 AM For Dec, 2016
PriorConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Inventories - M/M change1.0 %1.0 %0.3 % to 1.0 %1.0 %

Inventories have been on the climb raising the risk of unwanted overhang. But overhang isn't the story of the December wholesale trade report where a large 1.0 percent build is far outmatched by a 2.6 percent surge in sales. The results pull the stock-to-sales ratio down sharply to 1.29 from 1.31. Wholesale auto inventories rose 2.0 percent in December, a month that proved very strong for retail auto sales and was also very strong for wholesale sales where autos jumped 5.5 percent in the month. Watch for business inventories on Wednesday of next week's calendar which will wind up the year-end inventory picture.

Consensus Outlook
Wholesale inventories are to expected to rise a very sharp 1.0 percent in December, the same gain posted in the advance report. Inventories have been on the rise and pose the risk of slowing in future production and employment.

Wholesale trade measures the dollar value of sales made and inventories held by merchant wholesalers. It is a component of business sales and inventories.  Why Investors Care

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