Wholesale inventories increased 0.8% in October (Briefing.com consensus 0.7%) on top of an upwardly revised 0.7% increase (from 0.4%) in September.
Wholesale sales were down 0.2% following a downwardly revised 0.1% increase (from 0.2%) in September.
On a year-over-year basis, total sales were up 6.8% while total inventories were up 6.9%.
Durable inventories were up 1.7% in October, driven by increases in all durable categories, with the exception of miscellaneous durables (-0.2%). Automotive inventories were up 3.4%.
Nondurable inventories were down 0.6% in October, pressured by an 8.9% decline in petroleum inventories and a 2.7% decline in farm products inventories.
The inventory-to-sales ratio increased to 1.28 from 1.27 in September and was unchanged from a year ago.The key takeaway from the report is that inventory growth exceeded sales growth, which is a dynamic that could give way to lower pricing.