WASHINGTON — The value of wholesale inventories rose 0.4% in September while sales were up 0.6%, according to data released Friday morning by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Auto inventories weighed down the headline build, dropping 3.0% in the month and posting the sharpest monthly decline since December 2012. Inventories excluding the autos category showed a 0.8% increase, according to an MNI calculation, after a 0.6% build in September.

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