WASHINGTON - Business inventories rose 0.1% to $1,580.3 billion in June, while sales fell 1.1% to $1,229.7 billion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

The June inventory gain followed an unrevised 0.3% gain in May. The increase slightly underperformed the expectations of economists polled by Thomson Reuters, who predicted a 0.2 % rise. Inventories jumped 5% over June 2011.

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