Rise in inventories is biggest in 1 1/2 years

Inventories at U.S. factories, wholesalers and stores rose more in July than at any time in 1 1/2 years, as auto dealers boosted stockpiles to meet a surge in orders for cars and trucks. The 0.4 percent increase in inventories was the strongest since November 2000 and followed a 0.3 percent gain in June, the…

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