Inventories subtracted about two-tenths of a commission indicate from fourth-quarter GDP growth.
Economic expansion estimates for a initial entertain are now as low as a 0.2 percent annualized rate. The economy stretched during a 1.4 percent gait in a fourth quarter.
Businesses amassed record inventories in a initial half of 2015, that outpaced demand. Despite their accordant efforts to revoke unsold products by low discounts, inventories still sojourn too high and poise a downside risk to GDP expansion in a initial half of 2016.
Business sales fell 0.4 percent in Feb after dwindling 0.8 percent in January. At February’s sales pace, it would take 1.41 months for businesses to transparent shelves. That matched February’s inventory-to-sales ratio, that was a top given May 2009.
The high ratio suggests businesses could continue operative by a register overhang by a initial half of a year, spiteful production and curbing GDP growth.