Merchant wholesalers posted a 0.1% decrease in inventories in March, while sales jumped 1.6% in the month, according to data released yesterday by the Commerce Department.

Inventories of merchant wholesalers slid to $420.8 billion, following a downwardly revised 0.9% increase to $421.1 billion in February, originally reported as a 1.1% increase to $421.9 billion.

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