Manufacturers’ and trade inventories in the US rose by 0.7 percent from a month earlier in September of 2020, following a 0.3 percent advance in August and slightly higher than market expectations of a 0.6 percent growth. Stocks increased at retailers (1.7 percent vs 0.5 percent in August) and at merchant wholesalers (0.4 percent vs 0.5 percent) while those at manufacturers were unchanged, the same as in the previous month. Year-on-year, business inventories went down 4.7 percent. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Business Inventories in the United States averaged 0.26 percent from 1992 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 1.30 percent in May of 1994 and a record low of -2.30 percent in May of 2020. This page provides - United States Business Inventories - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Business Inventories - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2020.

Business Inventories in the United States is expected to be 0.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Business Inventories in the United States to stand at 0.30 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Business Inventories is projected to trend around 0.20 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Business Inventories

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.70 0.30 1.30 -2.30 1992 - 2020 percent Monthly
Current Prices, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-14 02:00 PM Jun -1.1% -2.3% -1.2% -1.4%
2020-09-16 02:00 PM Jul 0.1% -1.1% 0.1% 0.1%
2020-10-16 02:00 PM Aug 0.3% 0.1% 0.4% 0.3%
2020-11-17 03:00 PM Sep 0.7% 0.3% 0.6% 0.4%
2020-12-16 03:00 PM Oct 0.7% 0.6%
2021-01-15 03:00 PM Nov
2021-02-17 03:00 PM Dec
2021-03-16 02:00 PM Jan


News Stream
US Business Inventories Rise for 3rd Month
Manufacturers’ and trade inventories in the US rose by 0.7 percent from a month earlier in September of 2020, following a 0.3 percent advance in August and slightly higher than market expectations of a 0.6 percent growth. Stocks increased at retailers (1.7 percent vs 0.5 percent in August) and at merchant wholesalers (0.4 percent vs 0.5 percent) while those at manufacturers were unchanged, the same as in the previous month. Year-on-year, business inventories went down 4.7 percent.
2020-11-17
US Business Inventories Rise Less than Forecast
Manufacturers’ and trade inventories in the US rose by 0.3 percent from a month earlier in August 2020, following a 0.1 percent advance in July and slightly missing market expectations of a 0.4 percent growth. Stocks increased at retailers (0.4 percent vs 1.2 percent in July) and at merchant wholesalers (0.4 percent vs -0.2 percent). Inventories at manufacturers were unchanged, after a 0.6 percent decline in the previous month.
2020-10-16
US Business Inventories Rise for 1st Time in 7 Months
Manufacturers’ and trade inventories in the US rose by 0.1 percent from a month earlier in July 2020, following six consecutive periods of declines and matching market expectations. Stocks increased at retailers (1.2 percent vs -2.7 percent in June), but dropped at manufacturers (-0.5 percent vs 0.5 percent) and at merchant wholesalers (-0.3 percent vs -1.3 percent).
2020-09-16
US Business Inventories Fall Less than Expected
Manufacturers’ and trade inventories in the US fell 1.1 percent from a month earlier in June 2020, following a record 2.3 percent drop in May and compared with market expectations of a 1.2 percent decrease, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Stocks declined at retailers (-2.6 percent vs -6.2 percent in May) and wholesalers (-1.4 percent vs -1.2 percent). Meanwhile, stocks at manufacturers increased 0.6 percent, following a 0.2 percent rise in the prior month. Year-on-year, business inventories went down 5.8 percent.
2020-08-14

United States Business Inventories
Business Inventories in the United States measure the monthly percentage changes in inventories from manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers. Inventories are a key component of gross domestic product.