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Motor vehicles boost U.S. business inventories in March

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WASHINGTON, Could 17 (Reuters) – U.S. business enterprise inventories improved a bit more than envisioned in March, lifted by a leap in motor car or truck shares, government data showed on Tuesday.

Small business inventories rose 2.% after raising 1.8% in February, the Commerce Section stated. Inventories are a important part of gross domestic item. Economists polled by Reuters experienced forecast inventories mounting 1.9%.

Inventories surged 14.7% on a year-on-year basis in March. Retail inventories amplified 2.3% in March, alternatively of 2.% as believed in an advance report posted last thirty day period. That adopted a 1.6% increase in February.

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Motor car inventories rose 1.6% as an alternative of 1.2% as believed past month. They elevated 1.4% in February. Retail inventories excluding autos, which go into the calculation of GDP, shot up 2.5%, alternatively than 2.3% as approximated very last month.

Inventory investment slowed in the 1st quarter from the Oct-December period’s robust rate. That, alongside one another with a record trade deficit, weighed on gross domestic item, ensuing in the overall economy contracting at a 1.4% annualized rate in the to start with quarter.

Wholesale inventories greater 2.3% in March. Stocks at companies received 1.3%.

Organization profits rose 1.8% in March after climbing 1.2% in February. At March’s gross sales speed, it would choose 1.27 months for companies to crystal clear cabinets, unchanged from February.

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Reporting by Lucia Mutikani

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