LEVEL OF BUSINESS INVENTORY

LEVEL OF BUSINESS INVENTORY

Business Inventory to Sales Ratio (monthly data, seasonally adjusted)

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Business Inventory to Sales Ratio (monthly data, seasonally adjusted). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

Business inventory to sales ratio indicates the level of inventory that businesses currently maintain to meet a given sales volume. Over time, businesses have reduced inventory in relation to sales. Increased speed and reliability of transportation help businesses operate with smaller inventories.

Business Inventory to Sales Apr-02 May-02
Inventory/sales ratio  1.35 1.36
Inventory/sales ratio percent change from previous month -2.17 0.74

NOTE: The Census Bureau released revised historical new orders data on July 15, 2002. This report reflects those revisions.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, as of July 15, 2002, available at: http://www.census.gov/mtis/www/mtis.html.