Manufacturing Inventory and Sales Ratio (monthly data, seasonally adjusted)
Manufacturing inventory to sales ratio indicates the level of inventory that manufacturers currently maintain to meet a given sales volume. Over time, manufacturers have reduced inventory in relation to sales. Increased speed and reliability of transportation help manufacturers operate with smaller inventories.
|Manufacturing Inventory and Sales||Apr-01||May-01|
|Inventory/sales ratio percent change from previous month||0.70||-1.39|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Economic Briefing Room, as of Mar. 14, 2001, available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/fsbr/esbr.html.