Wholesale inventories rose slightly less than expected in February, according to a report released today by the U.S. Commerce Department, RTT News reported. The report showed that wholesale inventories increased by 0.5 percent in February after climbing by an upwardly revised 0.8 percent in January. The report also showed a notable rebound in wholesale sales, which increased by 0.7 percent in February after tumbling by 1.8 percent in January. Sales of nondurable goods surged up by 1.2 percent in February after plunging by 2.6 percent in January. The rebound reflected significant increases in sale of petroleum and petroleum products and beer, wine and distilled alcoholic beverages.