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TABLE-U.S. Aug wholesale inventories rose 0.5 pct

Oct 10 (Reuters) - Commerce Department report of wholesale inventories and sales, seasonally adjusted.

(Percent Changes) Aug July (Prev) Aug12/11Inventories Total 0.5 0.6 0.7 5.3Durable Goods 0.1 0.6 0.7 7.5Automotive unch 0.3 0.4 7.7Prof'l equip -1.5 1.0 1.5 -0.1Computer equip. -5.1 4.2 3.8 -4.0Machinery 1.7 1.6 1.6 19.8Nondurable Goods 1.2 0.7 0.7 2.3Petroleum 9.4 -1.4 -0.7 -2.7Aug July (Prev) Aug12/11Sales Total 0.9 -0.2 -0.1 2.1Durable Goods 0.9 -0.8 -0.8 1.0Automotive 2.0 0.9 0.8 21.3Prof'l equip 0.2 -2.1 -2.3 -1.2Computer equip. 0.2 -2.0 -1.8 -3.8Machinery 0.5 -1.1 -1.0 3.1Nondurable Goods 0.9 0.3 0.5 3.0Petroleum 5.6 -2.5 -2.0 5.7(Billions of dlrs) Aug July (Prev) Aug'11Inventories Total 487.53 484.94 485.19 462.98Durable Goods 288.37 288.16 288.44 268.23Automotive 46.16 46.16 46.25 42.88Nondurables 199.15 196.78 196.75 194.74(Billions of dlrs) Aug July (Prev) Aug'11Sales Total 405.43 401.94 402.39 397.05Durable Goods 182.69 181.14 181.03 180.84Automotive 34.69 34.00 33.98 28.59

Nondurables 222.74 220.80 221.35 216.21Stock-to-sales ratio Aug July (Prev) Aug'11

1.20 1.21 1.21 1.17FORECAST:

Reuters survey of U.S. economists forecast:

U.S. Aug wholesale inventories +0.5 pct

U.S. Aug wholesale sales +0.5 pct

NOTES/HISTORICAL COMPARISONS:

The stock-to-sales ratio is a measure of how long it wouldtake to deplete inventories at the current sales pace.

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