XXVII. Raw materials, supplies and goods

(k)  20152014Change
Purchases 1,852,475 1,827,797 24,678
Change in inventories (19,746) (14,164) (5,582)
Total 1,832,729 1,813,633 19,096

The overall change in this item reflects sales growth and the appreciation of the US dollar against the Euro, partially offset by a more favorable sales mix and better purchase prices for various food products, especially in North America.