Merchant wholesalers posted a 0.8% decrease in inventories in May, while sales rose a tepid 0.2% in the month, according to data released by the Commerce Department.

Inventories of merchant wholesalers slid to $402.2 billion following a revised 1.3% decrease to $405.6 billion in April, originally reported as a 1.4% decrease to $405.4 billion.

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