WASHINGTON — Wholesale inventories jumped 1.5% in November, the l­argest increase in more than five years and the second consecutive monthly increase, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

Wholesale sales increased 3.3% boosted by a 4.4% increase in nondurable sales.

Sales have increased for eight months in a row. Wholesale automotive sales increased 1.3%.

Economists expected wholesale inventories to decrease 0.3% and for sales to increase 1.0%, according to the median estimate.

Inventories in October were revised higher to a 0.6% increase from the 0.3% gain initially reported. The October increase was the first following a string of 13 declines.

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