Merchant wholesalers posted a 0.8% increase in inventories in May, while sales jumped 1.6% in the month, according to data released yesterday by the Commerce Department.

Inventories of merchant wholesalers grew to $431.0 billion following an upwardly revised 1.4% increase to $427.6 billion in April, originally reported as a 1.3% uptick to $427.4 billion. Sales of merchant wholesalers rose to about $397.4 billion following April’s revised 1.6% increase to $391.1 billion, originally reported as a 1.4% rise to $390.3 billion.

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