A reliable source stated that in June, inventories of the United States businesses were flat. In addition to this, it is also being informed that organizations not belonging to auto industry of the country curtail their restocking that is believed to weigh against estimation of the economic growth in the second quarter of the current year.
In a press conference held on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the Commerce Department stated they found no sign of change in overall inventories during the month of June. However, it is revealed that Economists poll conducted by Reuters had predicted that there would be very little change in overall inventories. They forecast that overall inventories in the month of June might rise to 0.2 percent in the month.
It is worth to mention over here that critics considered inventories as one of the major components to create a change in gross domestic product, popularly known as GDP. According to the report of Commerce Department, retail inventories enlisted in the calculation of the gross domestic product dropped off by 0.1 percent in June after getting higher by 0.2 percent in the month of May. The spokesperson added that it is remarkable to note that in this case auto industry does not include in retail inventories.
In the report, it is also stated that in most of the sectors the inventories were down. Such establishments include food stores, clothing, department stores and many more. It is significant that in the last month the government provided an early estimation of April to June period for gross domestic product. The estimate report revealed the growth at a 1.7 percent yearly rate during the period.
However, it is significant to note that overall business sales in June increased 0.2 percent. At the same pace of June, it is assumed that businesses would require 1.29 months to clear up their shelves or stocks.
As being suggested in the report, the inventories have given much less boost in the second quarter of the year’s economic growth than it was estimated initially by the relevant department. The report also suggested that business organizations are becoming cautious about restocking as they viewed the backdrop of monotonous domestic demand.
Market economists expected that personal consumption would raise 1.6 percent after the advancement of 2.6 percent on the first quarter of the year. Sequestration of the federal budget earlier this year and a blow in spending of the customer are considered as the factors of this slowdown in growth.
In a recent report, a team of economics at BofA Merrill Lynch disclosed that they found the clients responded with a lag and this led them to predict that real consumption growth of the second quarter would be 1.8 percent in comparison to the 2.6 percent profit in the first quarter.
Aneta Markowska and Brian Jones opined that they hoped that the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the inflation adjusted business performance would expand by a trivial 0.4 percent annualized in second quarter.