The value of business inventories rose 0.5% in August, as expected, with retail inventories up 0.8%, according to data released Friday by the Commerce Department.

Retail motor vehicle inventories rose 1.5% as auto sales fell 0.8% that month. The remaining retail inventories categories combined for a 0.6% increase, with gains in every category except a 0.1% decline in furniture inventories.

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