Manufacturers’ and trade inventories in the US fell 0.2 percent from a month earlier in November 2019, following a revised 0.1 percent rise in October and compared to market expectations of a 0.1 percent drop. It was the biggest decline in stocks since April 2017 as inventories at retailers slid 0.8 percent (vs 0.1 percent in October) and those at merchant wholesalers edged down 0.1 percent (vs 0.1 percent in October). On the other hand, stocks at manufacturers continued to rise (0.3 percent vs 0.2 percent). Year-on-year, business inventories were up 2.8 percent in November.

Business Inventories in the United States averaged 0.28 percent from 1992 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 1.30 percent in May of 1994 and a record low of -2 percent in December of 2008. This page provides - United States Business Inventories - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Business Inventories in the United States is expected to be 0.10 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Business Inventories in the United States to stand at 0.20 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Business Inventories is projected to trend around 0.20 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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United States Business Inventories

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.20 0.10 1.30 -2.00 1992 - 2019 percent Monthly
Current Prices, SA

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-16 02:00 PM Aug 0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.3%
2019-11-15 03:00 PM Sep 0% -0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
2019-12-13 03:00 PM Oct 0.2% -0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
2020-01-16 03:00 PM Nov -0.2% 0.1% -0.1% 0%
2020-02-14 03:00 PM Dec -0.2% -0.3%


News Stream
2019-12-13
US Business Inventories Rise 0.2% in October
Manufacturers’ and trade inventories in the US increased by 0.2 percent from a month earlier in October 2019, recovering from a revised 0.1 percent drop in September and matching market expectations. Stocks at retailers rose by the most (0.3 percent vs 0.1 percent), followed by manufacturers (0.1 percent vs 0.3 percent) and merchant wholesalers (0.1 percent vs -0.7 percent). Year-on-year, business inventories were up 3.1 percent in October.

2019-11-15
US Business Inventories Unchanged in September
Business inventories in the United States were unchanged at USD 2,041.5 billion in September 2019, after a revised 0.1 percent fall in the previous month and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. Stocks at wholesalers dropped 0.4 percent (vs 0.1 percent in August). On the other hand, inventories at manufacturers rose 0.3 percent (vs -0.1 percent) and those at retailers went up 0.2 percent (vs -0.2 percent). Retail inventories excluding autos, which go into the calculation of GDP, increased 0.2 percent. Year-on-year, business inventories rose 3.7 percent.

2019-10-16
US Business Inventories Unchanged in August
Business inventories in the United States were unchanged at USD 2,042 billion in August 2019, after a downwardly revised 0.3 percent advance in July and against market expectations of a 0.2 percent rise. Inventories at manufacturers were flat (vs 0.1 percent in July) and those at retailers dropped 0.1 percent (vs 0.7 percent). Meantime, stocks at wholesalers rose at the same pace (0.2 percent). Retail inventories excluding autos, which go into the calculation of GDP, dropped 0.2 percent, after increasing 0.3 percent in the prior month. Year-on-year, business inventories rose 4.2 percent.

2019-09-13
US Business Inventories Rise More than Expected
Business inventories in the United States increased 0.4 percent from the previous month in July of 2019, after showing no growth in June and above market expectations of 0.3 percent. Stocks rebounded at wholesalers (0.2 percent vs -0.1 percent) and at retailers (0.8 percent vs -0.2 percent) while inventories at manufacturers advanced faster (0.5 percent vs 0.1 percent). Year-on-year, business inventories rose 4.8 percent.


United States Business Inventories
Business Inventories in the United States measure the monthly percentage changes in inventories from manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers. Inventories are a key component of gross domestic product.