business inventories

Factory Orders Slump in July

Orders to U.S. factories fell in July by the sharpest amount in four months, held back by weaker demand for commercial aircraft and heavy machinery.

Rising Inventories Reflect Rising Economic Confidence

The 0.7% increase in business inventories in October was less than expected, but it still represents the ninth straight monthly rise. The best news: Sales are rising at a slightly faster pace than inventories, so more growth via restocking is likely.

Inventories Rise 0.9%, Suggesting Stronger Growth Ahead

In a sign that holiday sales season will be better than initially expected, business inventories rose 0.9% in September as companies re-stocked their shelves for the nation's busiest shopping period. The increase also suggests that third-quarter U.S. GDP growth figures may be revised upward.

Encouraged by Sales, Businesses Restock Shelves

A decent retail sales pace prompted businesses to restock shelves and warehouses, as business inventories rose a better-than-expected 0.6% in August. Meanwhile, a manufacturing activity in the New York area unexpectedly jumped in October, providing another sign that business in the nation%u2019s factories may be picking-up again, after a summer slowdown.

Inventories See Biggest Gain in Two Years

Stronger retail sales prompted businesses to restock shelves and warehouses, as business inventories rose 1% in July -- the largest gain in two years. The gain will help lessen concern that inadequate sales and inventory restocking would slow the U.S. economic recovery to a crawl.

Growth and Deflation Fears Drop Stocks 3.3% This Week

The bear came back with a roar this week. Just a week earlier, better-than-expected corporate earnings sent stocks soaring. But this week, renewed worries from the Fed about the U.S. economic recovery led the forces pushing stocks down about 375 points over a three-day period.

Two More Reports Hint at a Slowing Economy

On the heels of Intel%u2019s better-than-expected June quarter earnings report, the latest U.S. business inventory and import/export reports suggest the nation's economy slowed somewhat in the second quarter.

Inventories Rise as Businesses Gain Confidence

The long drawdown in business inventories appears to be over, as inventories rose 0.5% in February, after rising a revised 0.2% in January -- a sign that businesses are becoming more-confident about holding goods as the U.S. economic expansion continues.

Sales Rise, Inventories Dip in December

U.S. business inventories unexpectedly dipped 0.2% in December 2009, the U.S. Commerce Department announced Friday. The decline was primarily due to an increase in sales, a bullish sign for economic recovery.

Five Potential Potholes on Road to Recovery

News that business inventories and industrial production are rising suggests the U.S. economic recovery is on track. But unlike previous recessions, there are five potential "potholes" in the road ahead. Declining employment and increasing commercial real estate foreclosures are two possible biggies.

Business Inventories, Sales Rise Again

Inventories rose for the second straight month, suggesting that businesses are becoming more confident about the U.S. economy's ability to continue to grow.