WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Business inventories rose in January to their highest level in two years and sales increased at their fastest pace in nine months, a government report showed on Friday, suggesting restocking will boost growth in the first-quarter.
The Commerce Department said inventories rose 0.9 percent to $1.45 trillion, the highest since January 2009, after increasingly by an upwardly revised 1.1 percent rise in December.
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Economists polled by Reuters had forecast inventories rising 0.7 percent after a previously reported 0.8 percent increase in December.
(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)