17 January 2001, 11:14  US business inventories rise 0.5% in November, in line with forecasts

Washington--Jan. 16--U.S. business inventories rose 0.5% in November, matching the consensus estimate of private economists. Business sales posted their second consecutive monthly decrease, dropping 0.3%. That put the inventory-to-sales ratio at 1.36 in November--the highest since April 1999 and up from October's 1.35.

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