December 2014 business inventories were $1,764.4 billion, up 0.1 percent from November and up 3.9 percent from December 2013. Sales were $1,331.2 billion, down 0.9 percent from the previous month but up 0.9 percent from one year earlier.
The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) plays three key roles within the Department of Commerce (DOC). ESA provides timely economic analysis, disseminates national economic indicators, and oversees the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). In this latter role, ESA works closely with the leadership at BEA and Census on high priority management, budget, employment, and risk management issues, integrating the work of these agencies with the priorities and requirements of the Department of Commerce and other government entities.