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Wholesale sales, inventories down in July

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Wholesale sales, inventories down in July

Results indicate a slight pull-back in business investment, sentiment.

The US Census Bureau reported today that July 2015 sales of merchant wholesalers were $449.5 billion, down 0.3% from the revised June level and were down 4.2% from a year ago. The June preliminary estimate was revised upward $1.0 billion or 0.2%.

July sales of durable goods were up 1.2% from last month and were up 0.2% from a year ago. Sales of machinery, equipment, and supplies were up 5.2% from last month and sales of computer and computer peripheral equipment and software were up 3.2%.

Sales of nondurable goods were down 1.7% from June and were down 8.0% from last July.

Total inventories of merchant wholesalers were $584.3 billion at the end of July, down 0.1% from the revised June level, but were up 4.9% from the July 2014 level. The June preliminary estimate was revised downward $1.2 billion or 0.2%.

July inventories of durable goods were up 0.1% from last month and were up 5.0% from a year ago.

Inventories of nondurable goods were down 0.5% from June, but were up 4.8% percent from last July.

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