U.S. businesses stockpiled goods in September at the fastest pace in six months, led by food and department stores, the Commerce Department said Monday.

Inventories rose 0.4%, in line with analysts' expectations, to $1.123 trillion, after an unrevised 0.3% increase in August. Business sales decreased 0.2%, to $842.3 billion in September, after a gain of 1.2% in August, according to the government.

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