RESTOCKING UP: U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles only 0.3 percent in March after sales slowed. The gain was just one-third of the February increase.
LESS GROWTH: Growth in restocking has slowed this year from the end of last year, contributing less to economic growth in the January-March quarter.
HEALTHY RATIO: It would take 1.17 months to exhaust all wholesale stockpiles at the March sales pace. That's considered a healthy inventory-to-sales ratio and suggests businesses will keep restocking to meet demand.