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U.S. business inventories up 0.5% in August

2011-10-15 05:26:05 GMT2011-10-15 13:26:05(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. manufacturers' and trade inventories in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month, with businesses stockpiles increasing for a 20th consecutive month, the Department of Commerce said Friday.

The August inventory figure of 1.536 trillion U.S. dollars also represented a 10.5 percent increase from a year earlier, the department said in a report.

The total business inventories-to-sales ratio stood at 1.28 by the end of August, slightly lower than the level of 1.29 one year ago, noted the report.

It is normally interpreted as a positive sign of the economy when businesses increase their inventories, but some economists held that businesses might slash inventories in the near future if the economic growth pace slows.

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