The Week Ahead

BUSINESS INVENTORIES Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.

Inventories held by manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers probably fell by 0.2% in July, according to economists surveyed by MMS International, a unit of McGraw-Hill Inc. The loss would be the sixth in a row for inventories, including a 0.3% drop in June. Business sales likely increased a strong 0.6% in July, after a 0.2% gain in June. That's suggested by the already-reported rises in factory and retail sales.

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