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Retail Inventories [Advance]  
Released On 1/26/2018 8:30:00 AM For Dec, 2017
PriorConsensusConsensus RangeActual
M/M % change0.1 %0.1 %-0.2 % to 0.2 %0.2 %

Highlights
Retail inventories rose 0.2 percent in December as a 0.4 percent draw in vehicle inventories offset a 0.6 percent build in non-vehicle inventories. The draw in vehicle inventories is the fourth straight which reflects the strength of vehicle sales and is a major positive for first-quarter production and employment in the vehicle sector. Note that today's data are incorporated into this morning's GDP report where a slowing in inventory build held down the fourth quarter's headline result.

Recent History Of This Indicator
Retail inventories are expected to rise 0.1 percent in December in what would follow a 0.1 percent increase in November and no change for October. Flat inventories in retail look to hold down fourth-quarter GDP.

Definition
Retail inventories measure the monthly dollar value of inventories held by retailers. The advance report is released late in the month for the following month and is part of the Monthly Advance Economic Indicators report (which also includes data on wholesale inventories and international trade in goods). Final monthly data for retail inventories are released about two weeks later with the Business Sales and Inventories report. (Bureau of the Census)  Why Investors Care
 

2018 Release Schedule
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Release For: DecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNov
 


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