On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a preliminary report on data pertaining to wholesale inventory for the month of September. Wholesale inventory in the United States was shown to have decreased by 0.1% in September. This is compared to a 0.3% increase in August, which itself was revised from 0.4%.
When adjusted for seasonable variations, but not for price changes, the Census Bureau reports wholesale inventories for September at an end-of-month level of $634.8 billion. By contrast, the revised figure for August was $635.2 billion. Year-to-date, wholesale inventories in the United States are down 4.5% from September 2019.
Inventories are, of course, a key component of gross domestic product changes. A high inventory points to an economic slowdown and a glut of unsold goods, while a low number shows high demand, products flying off the shelves, and stronger growth.
The global coronavirus pandemic, the Great Lockdown, and the associated economic slowdowns which have ensued, however, seemed to change the rules.
Wholesale inventory and the inventory-to-sales ratio has been quite volatile month-to-month throughout the pandemic. The latter initially soared during the early stages of quarantine and social distancing. Sales collapsed across industries, and wholesalers were stuck with excess goods.
Then, as the economy recovered, economic activity picked up, and sales with it. The ratio, and inventory declined. By August, inventories rose again, as wholesalers began to replenish their dwindling supplies. Now wholesale inventory is down again, showing strong and steady demand and wholesalers struggling to keep up.
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