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Wholesale stock grew 0.5 percent in Sept.

Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose a slightly-less-than-expected 0.5 percent in September as stocks of automotive goods declined, a government report showed on Tuesday.
/ Source: Reuters

Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose a slightly-less-than-expected 0.5 percent in September as stocks of automotive goods declined, a government report showed on Tuesday.

Analysts polled by Reuters were expecting a 0.6 percent rise in wholesale inventories.

Automotive inventories declined 0.6 percent, as sales swelled 0.8 percent, the Commerce Department said.

Stocks relative to sales held at a lean 1.15 months' worth in September as sales slowed to a 0.6 percent increase after a downwardly adjusted 1.0 percent rise a month earlier.

Overall stocks of durable goods, items meant to last three years or more, rose 1.0 percent, while inventories of non-durable goods fell 0.3 percent following a 0.2 percent slide a month earlier.

Stocks of metals rose 2.6 percent and lumber inventories surged 2.0 percent.

Stocks of farm products plunged 5.9 percent on flat sales.