Inventories slightly less lean in May
July 16, 2012
The ratio of inventories to sales throughout the U.S. economy ticked up to 1.27 in May from 1.26 in April, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. That’s still a very lean inventories-to-sales ratio, and with very slight movements up and down, the inventories-to-sales ratio has remained below 1.3 since late 2009. Lean inventories relative to sales are good news for trucking companies because it suggests continuation of a steady supply cycle.
Sales throughout the economy were down 0.1% to $1.2452 trillion in May from April but up 5.1% from May 2011. Meanwhile, inventories were up 0.3% to 1.578 trillion from March and up 5.2% from May 2011. The Census Bureau adjusts the value of sales and inventories for seasonal and calendar-related variations but not for inflation.
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