The Census Bureau reports the manufacturing and trade sales and inventories figures from September:
Sales. The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for September, adjusted for seasonal and trading-day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,263.9 billion, up 1.4 percent (±0.2%) from August 2012 and up 4.4 percent (±0.4%) from September 2011.
Inventories. Manufacturers’ and trade inventories, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for price changes, were estimated at an end-of-month level of $1,612.9 billion, up 0.7 percent (±0.1%) from August 2012 and up 6.2 percent (±0.4%) from September 2011.
Inventories/Sales Ratio. The total business inventories/sales ratio based on seasonally adjusted data at the end of September was 1.28. The September 2011 ratio was 1.25.