June 11, 2015 U.S. Census Bureau News
Sales. The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for April, adjusted for seasonal and trading-day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,318.8 billion, up 0.6 percent (±0.2%) from March 2015, but was down 2.3 percent (±0.5%) from April 2014.
Inventories. Manufacturers’ and trade inventories, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for price changes, were estimated at an end-of-month level of $1,793.2 billion, up 0.4 percent (±0.1%) from March 2015 and were up 2.6 percent (±0.5%) from April 2014.
Inventories/Sales Ratio. The total business inventories/sales ratio based on seasonally adjusted data at the end of April was 1.36. The April 2014 ratio was 1.29.