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Oct. 16, 2019, 10:05 a.m. EDT

U.S. business inventories flat in August

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By Jeffry Bartash

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Business inventories in the U.S. were flat in August after a revised 0.3% increase in the prior month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Sales rose 0.2% in the month. The ratio of inventories to sales, meanwhile, was unchanged at 1.40. That's how many months it would take to sell all the inventory on hand. One year ago, the inventory-to-sales ratio was 1.35. An increase in inventories adds to gross domestic product while a decrease subtracts from it.

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