And another signal of economic slowdown: Wholesale Inventories, that wonderful plug for generic "growth" was unable to keep up with expectations, rising only 0.8% in April, below consensus of 1.0% and down from an upward revised March number of 1.3% (1.1% previously) meaning that Q1 growth may be revised higher at the expense of Q2. Even bigger was the miss in wholesale sales which plunged from 2.9% in March to just up 0.3%, well below consensus of 1.2%. Yet since today is one of those bad news is good news days, expect the Dow to close up triple digits. From the release: The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that April 2011 sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $393.5 billion, up 0.3 percent (+/-0.5%) from the revised March level and were up 14.4 percent (+/-1.4%) from the April 2010 level....Total inventories of merchant wholesalers...were $447.2 billion at the end of April, up 0.8 percent (+/-0.4%) from the revised March level and were up 13.8 percent (+/-1.2%) from a year ago." Lastly, the inventory/sales ratio was unchanged from March, coming at 1.14.