Manufacturing and trade inventories rose 0.1 percent to an end of the month total of $1.656 trillion, while sales rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of $1.283 trillion.
Inventories rose 3.8 percent from May 2012, while sales rose 3.1 percent over the past 12 months.
The total business inventories/sales ratio based on seasonally adjusted data at the end of May was 1.29, up from the ratio of 1.28 in May 2012.
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