Business stockpiles increase 0.6%

April gain biggest in 6 months as U.S. sales rise 0.7%

Posted: June 13, 2014 at 2:47 a.m.

Shoppers look at washers and dryers at a Costco warehouse store in Plano, Texas, on June 4. Business inventories rose 0.6 percent after a 0.4 percent March gain, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in April by the largest amount in six months, signaling business optimism that future demand will keep rising.

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