Friday, February 08, 2013 5:40 pm
News Summary: US wholesale stockpiles dip 0.1 pct.
By The Associated Press
SALES COOL OFF: Wholesale business sales stayed level in December. That followed a 2.2 percent increase in November, the largest in nearly two years.
DRAG ON GROWTH: Less restocking reduces factory production, which slows economic growth. A big decline in restocking was a major reason the government estimated last week that the economy shrank in the October-December quarter.