Analysts from Wells Fargo, point out that business inventories rose for a third consecutive month in July and look poised to add to third quarter GDP.
“Building on top of a solid rise in June, business inventories rose 0.2 percent In July. Inventories rose at manufacturers and wholesalers, but edged down in the retail sector as non-auto retailers pared back stocks.”
“With sales also rising 0.2 percent, the inventory-to-sales (I-S) ratio held steady in July. Auto inventories at the retail level remain elevated, while ex-autos the retail I-S ratio ticked down.”
“Although only the first month of the quarter, today’s report supports our call that inventories will be additive to GDP in Q3. As we have previously highlighted, it would not take much of an increase in real inventories to provide a significant boost to GDP following two quarters of scant stock building. We are currently penciling in a $30 billion annualized increase, which would add 0.7 percentage points to topline GDP growth.”
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