WASHINGTON — Business inventories rose 0.3% to $1,621.5 billion in November, while sales jumped 1% to $1,271.6 billion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

The November inventory gain followed a revised 0.3% uptick in October, originally reported as a 0.4% advance. The November increase matched the expectations of economists polled by Thomson Reuters, who predicted a 0.3% gain. Inventories climbed 5.5% over the same month in 2011.

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