Commercial warehouse use expands at fast pace

Oct 3, 2023
Transportation and warehousing data shows second month of growth. Firms try to fine-tune planning in wake of supply chain snarls.
In recent years, erratic supply chain conditions have frustrated companies trying to plan how much inventory to store in warehouses.
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Businesses are stocking inventory again

Jul 27, 2023
Businesses spent 2022 offloading a glut of inventory, but — in a good sign for the economy — they’re starting to carry more products now.
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After years of too much or too little, a return to just-in-time inventory

Apr 4, 2023
The cycle of shortages and overstocking may be easing, thanks to supply chains restarting in Asia and the cost of storing products.
With inventories in better shape, big promotions and discounts have subsided.
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Businesses grew their inventories more slowly in the first quarter. That dragged down GDP.

Apr 28, 2022
The downturn isn't surprising, considering inventories grew by a record amount the quarter before.
Inventories did rise in the first quarter, but the GDP calculation only cares about how much they changed from the previous quarter.
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Business inventories didn't decline as sharply in September. That's good news.

Oct 28, 2021
It means businesses know that consumers want to buy and are working to meet that demand.
A person walks in a partially stocked Ikea on Oct. 15. Consumer demand is high, meaning products often fly off retailers' shelves.
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Business inventories decline, the largest dip since 2017

Jan 16, 2020
It could mean the economy's hot and stuff is flying off the shelf. Or it could mean spending is down.
Businesses are being careful to not stock up too much inventory.
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GDP growth slows as inventories fall

Oct 29, 2015
And why that's sometimes a sign business owners are worrying about the future.

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Today's economy: Inventory purgatory

Dec 5, 2013
Revised GDP numbers juiced the market today, but the reality behind the data should give us pause.