A monthly report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau that tracks changes in wholesale sales and inventory levels. Of the two numbers, the wholesale inventory number is the more significant because high inventory levels can reflect slowing demand and translate into decreased manufacturing production, which in turn can affect Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The significance of the report is reduced, however, because it covers a reporting period two months prior. The data are released around the 10th day of each month and is available at a variety of financial information Web sites and at www.census.gov.
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