The report that adds to Wednesday's wholesale trade report showed manufacturing and trade sales for the month up 0.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis to $1.24 trillion.
From July 2011, inventories rose by 5.4 percent while sales rose 2.8 percent from a year earlier.
The inventory-to-sales ratio -- reflecting how many months it would take a company to deplete its inventory at the current sales pace -- came in at 1.28. A year earlier, the ratio was 1.25.
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