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Release for:  February 2018
Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce
Millions of U.S. dollars, not seasonally adjusted
                                                           yr-ago
Kind of business                 Feb-18   Jan-18   Dec-17   Feb-17
Sales, total                     442561   469755   493064   413823
 Durable goods sales             210848   222113   239286   193836
  Automotive                      37749    38671    41984    34047
  Furniture                        5995     6258     6841     5952
  Lumber                          10041    10362     9809     9718
  Professional equipt.            35161    39146    44522    33539
   Computer equipt.               16124    18097    21827    14858
  Metals                          14468    14811    13006    12244
  Electrical goods                44239    48309    54111    40698
  Hardware                        10508    11106    10591     9763
  Machinery                       33780    34421    39107    30091
  Misc. durable goods             18907    19029    19315    17784
 Nondurable goods sales          231713   247642   253778   219987
  Paper & paper products           7278     7917     7552     7119
  Drugs                           51118    58939    57862    49677
  Apparel                         12380    11195    11206    12055
  Groceries                       48293    51228    51798    47488
  Farm-products                   15935    17683    18302    16275
  Chemicals                       10495    11257     9963     9716
  Petroleum, products             56849    60865    63466    48269
  Alcohol                          9960     9163    13682    10017
  Misc. nondurable goods          19405    19395    19947    19371
Inventories, total               631152   627063   615955   596876
 Durable goods stocks            380449   374135   369770   358605
  Automotive                      72044    70648    69628    67985
  Furniture                       11714    11710    11390    11183
  Lumber                          17402    16610    16170    16211
  Professional equipt.            42504    42433    42072    42337
   Computer equipt.               16304    16251    16579    16311
  Metals                          29833    29547    29187    26254
  Electrical goods                51664    51406    51168    46197
  Hardware                        24093    23568    23260    22867
  Machinery                      103900   100938    99879    99169
  Misc. durable goods             27295    27275    27016    26402
 Nondurable goods sto            250703   252928   246185   238271
  Paper & paper products           8807     8936     8897     8335
  Drugs                           60794    64634    63518    56201
  Apparel                         25609    26343    24941    25609
  Groceries                       35174    35564    36298    35112
  Farm-products                   36580    35242    32944    30521
  Chemicals                       12199    12168    12297    11629
  Petroleum, products             21685    22452    21586    23668
  Alcohol                         15397    15390    14593    15270
  Misc. nondurable goods          34458    32199    31111    31926
Stock/sales ratios, total          1.43     1.33     1.25     1.44
 Durable goods stock/sales         1.80     1.68     1.55     1.85
  Automotive                       1.91     1.83     1.66     2.00
  Furniture                        1.95     1.87     1.66     1.88
  Lumber                           1.73     1.60     1.65     1.67
  Professional equipt.             1.21     1.08     0.94     1.26
   Computer equipt.                1.01     0.90     0.76     1.10
  Metals                           2.06     1.99     2.24     2.14
  Electrical goods                 1.17     1.06     0.95     1.14
  Hardware                         2.29     2.12     2.20     2.34
  Machinery                        3.08     2.93     2.55     3.30
  Misc. durable goods              1.44     1.43     1.40     1.48
 Nondurable stock/sales            1.08     1.02     0.97     1.08
  Paper & paper products           1.21     1.13     1.18     1.17
  Drugs                            1.19     1.10     1.10     1.13
  Apparel                          2.07     2.35     2.23     2.12
  Groceries                        0.73     0.69     0.70     0.74
  Farm-products                    2.30     1.99     1.80     1.88
  Chemicals                        1.16     1.08     1.23     1.20
  Petroleum, products              0.38     0.37     0.34     0.49
  Alcohol                          1.55     1.68     1.07     1.52
  Misc. nondurable goods           1.78     1.66     1.56     1.65
  ** MNI Washington Bureau (202) 371-2121 **
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