The government said business inventories in February posted a 0.1% decline compared to a downwardly revised 0.1% drop the previous month.
A sharp decline in manufacturers' sales saw total business sales down 0.9%, the largest fall since November. That number rose 0.9% the previous month. Manufacturing sales fell 2.8%, the largest drop since September, while sales at retailers rose a modest 0.2%.
Manufacturerss inventories were down 0.4% and retail inventories rose 0.7%. Motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts rose 2.6% after an increase of 3.0% the previous month.