Merchant wholesalers posted a 1.5% decrease in inventories in February, while sales climbed 0.6% in the month, according to data released yesterday by the Commerce Department.

Inventories of merchant wholesalers slid to $419.9 billion, following a 0.7% decrease to $425.9 billion in January. Sales of merchant wholesalers rose to about $319.7 billion, following January's 2.4% decrease to $317.7 billion.

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