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Supply Chain

Manufacturing inventory hits record $1.8tn worldwide

From Samsung to Ford, manufacturers face weak demand, supply chain disruptions

Samsung Electronics saw inventory grow 13% in the quarter to end-March from the preceding three months, while Ford Motor's stock increased by 21% over the same period. (Source photos Getty Images and AFP/Jiji) 

TOKYO -- Manufacturers from Samsung to Ford are seeing a sharp increase in inventory, as consumer demand weakens amid surging inflation, prompting worries that companies will have to adjust production in the face of a looming protracted economic downturn.

Inventory held by 2,349 listed global manufacturing companies hit a record $1.87 trillion at the end of March, up $97 billion from three months earlier, according to a Nikkei analysis of information from QUICK FactSet. That was the highest level in 10 years, or since comparable data have been available.

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