Distrib. Trade Sales & Manu. Shipments Up 6.6% YOY in Sept.

Washington, DC, November 15, 2018-The combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for September was estimated at $1,468.0 billion, up 0.4% from August 2018 and was up 6.6% from September 2017, the Census Bureau announced.

Manufacturers’ and trade inventories were estimated at an end-of-month level of $1,967.5 billion, up 0.3% from August 2018 and were up 4.4% from September 2017.

The total business inventories/sales ratio based on seasonally adjusted data at the end of September was 1.34. The September 2017 ratio was 1.37.