Last Update: 03-Apr-20 19:13 ET
- Wholesale inventories decreased 0.1% m/m in November (Briefing.com consensus +0.2%) after increasing 0.1% in October.
- Wholesale sales surged 1.5% after declining 0.9% in October.
- On a year-over-year basis, total sales were up 0.8% while total inventories were up 3.3%.
- Durable inventories decreased 0.3% in November, driven by a 1.3% decline in metals inventories and a 1.1% decline in automotive inventories.
- Nondurable inventories rose 0.3% in November, paced by a 1.1% increase in drugs inventories.
- The inventories-to-sales ratio decreased to 1.35 from 1.37 in October, but was up from 1.32 in the same period a year ago.
- The key takeaway from the report is that sales activity was strong in November, but it will still prove difficult for wholesalers to gain pricing power given that inventory growth remains well ahead of sales growth on a yr/yr basis.