Wholesale inventories fell by much more than economists had been expecting in the month of February, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, although the report also showed an increase in wholesale sales.

The report showed that wholesale inventories fell 1.5 percent in February following a revised decrease of 0.9 percent in January. Economists had expected inventories to fall by 0.6 percent compared to the 0.7 percent decrease originally reported for the previous month.

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