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Release for:  May 2018
Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce
Millions of U.S. dollars, not seasonally adjusted
                                                           yr-ago
Kind of business                 May-18   Apr-18   Mar-18   May-17
Sales, total                     536902   488258   504379   478153
 Durable goods sales             251755   234204   245670   226543
  Automotive                      43184    40679    42921    39055
  Furniture                        7070     6514     6610     7016
  Lumber                          13740    12386    11727    12315
  Professional equipt.            42980    39841    43630    39081
   Computer equipt.               22617    20693    22426    19665
  Metals                          17188    16004    16266    13904
  Electrical goods                51473    47568    51880    47156
  Hardware                        13009    11306    11966    12339
  Machinery                       41490    39462    40057    36575
  Misc. durable goods             21621    20444    20613    19102
 Nondurable goods sales          285147   254054   258709   251610
  Paper & paper products           8733     8196     8357     8632
  Drugs                           62121    56887    59266    58607
  Apparel                         12394    10750    12803    11843
  Groceries                       56598    52201    54945    58452
  Farm-products                   21133    19090    18859    17450
  Chemicals                       11342    10923    11363    10376
  Petroleum, products             70289    59094    56018    46250
  Alcohol                         14107    11904    12667    13553
  Misc. nondurable goods          28430    25009    24431    26447
Inventories, total               628186   632216   635545   593525
 Durable goods stocks            382310   379961   377812   360395
  Automotive                      63790    66003    66307    62084
  Furniture                       12712    12562    12742    12261
  Lumber                          17805    17721    17291    16049
  Professional equipt.            43836    43553    42668    44014
   Computer equipt.               16011    15512    15294    16203
  Metals                          31550    31250    30793    26797
  Electrical goods                56947    55665    54875    52652
  Hardware                        24830    24800    24429    23301
  Machinery                      100886    98687    98620    94365
  Misc. durable goods             29954    29720    30087    28872
 Nondurable goods sto            245876   252255   257733   233130
  Paper & paper products           9894     9731     9720     9292
  Drugs                           61359    60723    63980    59558
  Apparel                         25235    25309    25203    26055
  Groceries                       37048    37150    36738    37034
  Farm-products                   24747    29247    31331    17912
  Chemicals                       12503    12265    12440    11780
  Petroleum, products             26038    24913    23845    23407
  Alcohol                         17026    17014    16545    17288
  Misc. nondurable goods          32026    35903    37931    30804
Stock/sales ratios, total          1.17     1.29     1.26     1.24
 Durable goods stock/sales         1.52     1.62     1.54     1.59
  Automotive                       1.48     1.62     1.54     1.59
  Furniture                        1.80     1.93     1.93     1.75
  Lumber                           1.30     1.43     1.47     1.30
  Professional equipt.             1.02     1.09     0.98     1.13
   Computer equipt.                0.71     0.75     0.68     0.82
  Metals                           1.84     1.95     1.89     1.93
  Electrical goods                 1.11     1.17     1.06     1.12
  Hardware                         1.91     2.19     2.04     1.89
  Machinery                        2.43     2.50     2.46     2.58
  Misc. durable goods              1.39     1.45     1.46     1.51
 Nondurable stock/sales            0.86     0.99     1.00     0.93
  Paper & paper products           1.13     1.19     1.16     1.08
  Drugs                            0.99     1.07     1.08     1.02
  Apparel                          2.04     2.35     1.97     2.20
  Groceries                        0.65     0.71     0.67     0.63
  Farm-products                    1.17     1.53     1.66     1.03
  Chemicals                        1.10     1.12     1.09     1.14
  Petroleum, products              0.37     0.42     0.43     0.51
  Alcohol                          1.21     1.43     1.31     1.28
  Misc. nondurable goods           1.13     1.44     1.55     1.16
  ** MNI Washington Bureau (202) 371-2121 **
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