Business Inventories & Retail Sales Chart
This chart shows year-over-year changes in Business Inventories and Inventory-to-Sales Ratio, in relation to the S&P 500. Inventories and Sales are important measurements of current retail economic trends. Retail businesses usually attempt to keep inventories low, to save costs. Rising inventories usually signal that sales have come in lower than expected, and inventory carry costs will be higher, which are both bearish signs, and may be a leading indicator of a downward trend in retail stocks. Falling Inventories and Inventory-To-Sales ratio are bullish indicators of robust sales and growth.
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