Year-over-year December U.S. retail sales rose 2.1 percent while inventories surged 8.1 percent. Sequentially, December U.S. retail sales spiked 13.5 percent while inventories declined 6.5 percent. Retail inventories at the end of December were estimated to total nearly $503.8 billion, with sales estimated at $423.3 billion for a total inventory-to-sales ratio of 1.19. While the December monthly ratio was the lowest in 2012, it was higher than the 1.12 ratio in 2011 and the 1.15 ratio in 2010.
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Data Included: 12/2012
*Not seasonally adjusted.
Source: Retail Indicators Branch, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, www.census.gov/mtis/