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2002 Economic Census
Comparative Statistics for United States
Wholesale Trade

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Wholesale Trade - by subsector
Data are in current dollars and have not been adjusted for inflation. Table includes only establishments of firms with payroll. Nonemployers are shown separately for 2002 and 1997. Introductory text includes scope, methodology, non-sampling error, and confidentiality protection. For descriptions of column headings and rows (industries), click on the appropriate underlined element in the table. "% chg" columns show percent change between 1997 and 2002. An alternate display has fewer columns.
N = Not comparable or not available
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1997
NAICS
code
1997 NAICS Description Establishments Sales ($1,000) Annual payroll ($1,000) Paid employees
2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg
  42 Wholesale trade 439,175 453,470 -3.2 4,637,494,486 4,059,657,778 14.2 260,246,207 214,915,405 21.1 5,902,852 5,796,557 1.8
to industry detail 421 Wholesale trade, durable goods 286,255 290,629 -1.5 2,459,506,705 2,179,717,376 12.8 164,098,832 133,236,997 23.2 3,529,709 3,398,261 3.9
to industry detail 422 Wholesale trade, nondurable goods 152,920 162,841 -6.1 2,177,987,781 1,879,940,402 15.9 96,147,375 81,678,408 17.7 2,373,143 2,398,296 -1.0

 

 

Wholesale Trade - by industry
Data are in current dollars and have not been adjusted for inflation. Table includes only establishments of firms with payroll. Nonemployers are shown separately for 2002 and 1997. Introductory text includes scope, methodology, non-sampling error, and confidentiality protection. For descriptions of column headings and rows (industries), click on the appropriate underlined element in the table. "% chg" columns show percent change between 1997 and 2002. An alternate display has fewer columns.
N = Not comparable or not available
1997
NAICS
code
1997 NAICS Description Establishments Sales ($1,000) Annual payroll ($1,000) Paid employees
2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg
421 Wholesale trade, durable goods 286,255 290,629 -1.5 2,459,506,705 2,179,717,376 12.8 164,098,832 133,236,997 23.2 3,529,709 3,398,261 3.9
4211 Motor vehicle & motor vehicle parts & supplies whsle 31,608 N N 728,871,842 N N 15,504,622 N N 442,283 N N
42111 Automobile & other motor vehicle whsle 7,678 N N 596,322,174 N N 5,989,751 N N 170,245 N N
42112 Motor vehicle supplies & new parts whsle 15,373 N N 110,691,171 N N 7,493,580 N N 203,086 N N
42113 Tire & tube whsle 2,308 N N 16,669,548 N N 992,514 N N 27,473 N N
42114 Motor vehicle parts, (used) whsle 6,249 N N 5,188,949 N N 1,028,777 N N 41,479 N N
4212 Furniture & home furnishing whsle 16,512 N N 86,844,768 N N 6,904,085 N N 171,804 N N
42121 Furniture whsle 7,418 N N 35,012,110 N N 2,870,758 N N 69,450 N N
42122 Home furnishing whsle 9,094 N N 51,832,658 N N 4,033,327 N N 102,354 N N
4213 Lumber & other construction materials whsle 18,982 N N 124,103,801 N N 9,434,830 N N 232,908 N N
42131 Lumber, plywood, millwork, & wood panel whsle 9,226 N N 80,172,867 N N 5,556,375 N N 136,995 N N
42132 Brick, stone, & related construction material whsle 3,721 N N 15,610,854 N N 1,261,447 N N 31,435 N N
42133 Roofing, siding, & insulation material whsle 2,668 N N 16,918,548 N N 1,387,937 N N 32,075 N N
42139 Other construction material whsle 3,367 N N 11,401,532 N N 1,229,071 N N 32,403 N N
4214 Professional & commercial equipment & supplies whsle 39,915 45,351 -12.0 424,029,784 367,383,550 15.4 42,085,297 33,292,437 26.4 722,973 716,113 1.0
42141 Photographic equipment & supplies whsle 1,176 1,379 -14.7 21,093,860 16,679,051 26.5 1,236,268 929,865 33.0 22,147 21,195 4.5
42142 Office equipment whsle 6,061 7,319 -17.2 37,047,584 36,646,598 1.1 5,816,933 5,421,076 7.3 135,755 143,381 -5.3
42143 Computer & computer peripheral equipment & software whsle 14,143 16,929 -16.5 238,215,788 221,447,412 7.6 22,361,382 17,305,512 29.2 319,599 317,662 0.6
42144 Other commercial equipment whsle 5,221 5,380 -3.0 17,331,607 15,914,735 8.9 1,946,894 1,754,684 11.0 49,799 52,186 -4.6
42145 Medical, dental, & hospital equipment & supplies whsle 8,963 9,782 -8.4 87,264,366 58,791,711 48.4 8,199,285 5,746,165 42.7 133,505 121,572 9.8
42146 Ophthalmic goods whsle 1,512 1,781 -15.1 7,285,972 6,865,265 6.1 915,468 867,808 5.5 26,348 28,260 -6.8
42149 Other professional equipment & supplies whsle 2,839 2,781 2.1 15,790,607 11,038,778 43.0 1,609,067 1,267,327 27.0 35,820 31,857 12.4
4215 Metal & mineral (except petroleum) whsle 12,000 12,583 -4.6 127,101,643 150,493,610 -15.5 6,743,676 6,898,028 -2.2 150,721 174,029 -13.4
42151 Metal service centers & offices 11,406 11,827 -3.6 116,580,669 135,695,563 -14.1 6,516,430 6,637,599 -1.8 146,766 168,950 -13.1
42152 Coal & other mineral & ore whsle 594 756 -21.4 10,520,974 14,798,047 -28.9 227,246 260,429 -12.7 3,955 5,079 -22.1
4216 Electrical goods whsle 37,927 N N 373,046,962 N N 30,986,728 N N 535,038 N N
42161 Electrical apparatus & equip, wiring supp, & const material whsle 15,442 N N 102,915,766 N N 8,146,549 N N 177,081 N N
42162 Electrical appliance, television, & radio set whsle 3,450 N N 66,122,749 N N 2,332,893 N N 47,872 N N
42169 Other electronic parts & equipment whsle 19,035 N N 204,008,447 N N 20,507,286 N N 310,085 N N
4217 , & plumbing & heating equipment & supplies whsle 20,950 N N 101,823,198 N N 9,367,667 N N 220,779 N N
42171 Hardware whsle 7,512 N N 39,533,070 N N 3,400,536 N N 85,468 N N
42172 Plumbing & heating equipment & supplies (hydronics) whsle 6,127 N N 30,635,078 N N 2,783,318 N N 64,938 N N
42173 Warm air heating & air-conditioning equipment & supplies whsle 5,805 N N 25,967,715 N N 2,610,345 N N 56,860 N N
42174 Refrigeration equipment & supplies whsle 1,506 N N 5,687,335 N N 573,468 N N 13,513 N N
4218 Machinery, equipment, & supplies whsle 69,895 76,643 -8.8 323,412,481 328,968,331 -1.7 31,047,304 29,401,798 5.6 723,751 772,550 -6.3
42181 Construction & mining (except oil well) machinery & equip whsle 5,211 5,321 -2.1 48,702,667 44,725,989 8.9 4,023,836 3,604,644 11.6 89,369 87,611 2.0
42182 Farm & garden machinery & equipment whsle 8,952 9,782 -8.5 41,801,029 39,713,264 5.3 3,189,947 2,860,510 11.5 96,969 101,413 -4.4
42183 Industrial machinery & equipment whsle 34,626 35,674 -2.9 127,083,706 139,946,952 -9.2 15,305,350 14,167,699 8.0 331,315 342,008 -3.1
42184 Industrial supplies whsle 11,723 15,055 -22.1 54,646,106 64,861,321 -15.7 4,581,770 5,240,795 -12.6 109,928 140,735 -21.9
42185 Service establishment equipment & supplies whsle 5,956 6,808 -12.5 18,764,982 16,038,492 17.0 2,058,163 1,804,565 14.1 56,875 59,878 -5.0
42186 Transportation equipment & supplies (exc motor vehicle) whsle 3,427 4,003 -14.4 32,413,991 23,682,313 36.9 1,888,238 1,723,585 9.6 39,295 40,905 -3.9
4219 Miscellaneous durable goods whsle 38,466 37,783 1.8 170,272,226 185,455,758 -8.2 12,024,623 11,070,270 8.6 329,452 351,839 -6.4
42191 Sporting & recreational goods & supplies whsle 6,342 6,080 4.3 28,866,375 28,233,685 2.2 2,062,340 1,897,111 8.7 54,616 59,861 -8.8
42192 Toy & hobby goods & supplies whsle 3,188 3,229 -1.3 22,454,917 20,166,025 11.4 1,462,882 1,229,055 19.0 35,407 36,337 -2.6
42193 Recyclable material whsle 7,181 9,088 -21.0 28,996,521 38,748,659 -25.2 2,668,163 3,229,092 -17.4 83,189 114,992 -27.7
42194 Jewelry/watch/silverware/precious stone, & precious metal whsle 8,558 7,689 11.3 33,814,713 32,398,553 4.4 1,955,106 1,702,770 14.8 50,935 49,820 2.2
42199 Other miscellaneous durable goods whsle 13,197 11,697 12.8 56,139,700 65,908,836 -14.8 3,876,132 3,012,242 28.7 105,305 90,829 15.9
1997
NAICS
code
1997 NAICS Description Establishments Sales ($1,000) Annual payroll ($1,000) Paid employees
2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg 2002 1997 % chg
422 Wholesale trade, nondurable goods 152,920 162,841 -6.1 2,177,987,781 1,879,940,402 15.9 96,147,375 81,678,408 17.7 2,373,143 2,398,296 -1.0
4221 Paper & paper product whsle 14,493 15,848 -8.5 122,948,302 117,062,485 5.0 8,367,258 7,730,308 8.2 213,245 214,350 -0.5
42211 Printing & writing paper whsle 1,965 2,309 -14.9 35,743,377 38,397,487 -6.9 1,567,668 1,547,334 1.3 28,657 33,135 -13.5
42212 Stationery & office supplies whsle 7,328 8,046 -8.9 37,005,149 33,271,034 11.2 3,679,662 3,308,237 11.2 116,810 109,766 6.4
42213 Industrial & personal service paper whsle 5,200 5,493 -5.3 50,199,776 45,393,964 10.6 3,119,928 2,874,737 8.5 67,778 71,449 -5.1
4222 Drugs & druggists' sundries whsle 8,024 8,053 -0.4 392,523,955 203,147,771 93.2 14,002,254 8,394,864 66.8 240,723 190,127 26.6
4223 Apparel, piece goods, & notions whsle 19,593 20,707 -5.4 129,958,263 124,104,420 4.7 9,098,148 7,759,577 17.3 213,604 207,574 2.9
42231 Piece goods, notions, & other dry goods whsle 4,911 5,666 -13.3 19,658,424 25,776,927 -23.7 1,479,622 1,611,443 -8.2 36,557 45,435 -19.5
42232 Men's & boys' clothing & furnishings whsle 4,892 5,006 -2.3 36,359,671 33,360,264 9.0 2,511,894 2,166,205 16.0 67,449 62,253 8.3
42233 Women's, children's, & infants' clothing & accessories whsle 7,802 8,217 -5.1 49,938,978 40,603,484 23.0 3,634,805 2,799,463 29.8 81,623 76,256 7.0
42234 Footwear whsle 1,988 1,818 9.4 24,001,190 24,363,745 -1.5 1,471,827 1,182,466 24.5 27,975 23,630 18.4
4224 Grocery & related products whsle 38,662 41,760 -7.4 634,579,580 588,970,062 7.7 29,912,262 26,778,099 11.7 815,431 854,919 -4.6
42241 General-line grocery whsle 3,496 4,138 -15.5 151,149,788 146,689,286 3.0 6,064,538 5,541,000 9.4 151,236 168,190 -10.1
42242 Packaged frozen food whsle 4,205 3,838 9.6 81,981,770 69,114,831 18.6 3,879,208 2,800,272 38.5 100,793 85,067 18.5
42243 Dairy product (except dried or canned) whsle 2,686 2,862 -6.1 40,730,451 34,594,779 17.7 1,957,104 1,637,129 19.5 47,866 47,742 0.3
42244 Poultry & poultry product whsle 827 1,040 -20.5 9,747,316 13,809,561 -29.4 436,464 490,567 -11.0 14,274 17,792 -19.8
42245 Confectionery whsle 2,560 2,621 -2.3 35,912,054 27,169,914 32.2 1,351,936 1,835,202 -26.3 41,919 60,010 -30.1
42246 Fish & seafood whsle 2,565 2,960 -13.3 12,396,332 13,165,780 -5.8 714,142 684,365 4.4 22,756 27,402 -17.0
42247 Meat & meat product whsle 3,107 3,557 -12.7 38,040,079 51,326,415 -25.9 1,652,096 1,490,922 10.8 46,596 50,256 -7.3
42248 Fresh fruit & vegetable whsle 5,836 6,121 -4.7 56,345,643 46,340,833 21.6 3,796,132 3,021,175 25.7 114,648 109,771 4.4
42249 Other grocery & related products whsle 13,380 14,623 -8.5 208,276,147 186,758,663 11.5 10,060,642 9,277,467 8.4 275,343 288,689 -4.6
4225 Farm product raw material whsle 8,487 10,343 -17.9 126,523,671 166,786,245 -24.1 2,273,498 2,306,012 -1.4 80,412 97,521 -17.5
42251 Grain & field bean whsle 5,522 6,569 -15.9 91,991,052 120,312,556 -23.5 1,734,314 1,642,921 5.6 50,799 56,368 -9.9
42252 Livestock whsle 1,735 2,090 -17.0 21,427,849 24,098,461 -11.1 251,058 260,202 -3.5 21,915 27,182 -19.4
42259 Other farm product raw material whsle 1,230 1,684 -27.0 13,104,770 22,375,228 -41.4 288,126 402,889 -28.5 7,698 13,971 -44.9
4226 Chemical & allied products whsle 15,483 15,920 -2.7 120,141,763 128,923,496 -6.8 7,353,415 7,241,315 1.5 143,723 165,768 -13.3
42261 Plastics materials & basic forms & shapes whsle 3,894 4,349 -10.5 31,345,919 35,193,271 -10.9 1,766,827 1,743,650 1.3 37,752 43,680 -13.6
42269 Other chemical & allied products whsle 11,589 11,571 0.2 88,795,844 93,730,225 -5.3 5,586,588 5,497,665 1.6 105,971 122,088 -13.2
4227 Petroleum & petroleum products whsle 8,208 11,297 -27.3 327,623,701 267,623,942 22.4 4,381,171 4,479,853 -2.2 105,662 137,829 -23.3
42271 Petroleum bulk stations & terminals 4,860 7,690 -36.8 210,185,894 176,719,246 18.9 2,833,924 3,165,900 -10.5 70,378 102,489 -31.3
42272 Petroleum & petroleum prod whsle (exc bulk stations & terminals) 3,348 3,607 -7.2 117,437,807 90,904,696 29.2 1,547,247 1,313,953 17.8 35,284 35,340 -0.2
4228 Beer, wine, & distilled alcoholic beverage whsle 4,473 4,850 -7.8 89,509,709 69,703,203 28.4 7,405,777 5,667,069 30.7 163,827 151,677 8.0
42281 Beer & ale whsle 2,568 3,013 -14.8 44,382,308 34,997,239 26.8 4,127,559 3,308,583 24.8 101,043 96,284 4.9
42282 Wine & distilled alcoholic beverage whsle 1,905 1,837 3.7 45,127,401 34,705,964 30.0 3,278,218 2,358,486 39.0 62,784 55,393 13.3
4229 Miscellaneous nondurable goods whsle 35,497 N N 234,178,837 N N 13,353,592 N N 396,516 N N
42291 Farm supplies whsle 7,815 N N 54,838,975 N N 2,944,392 N N 79,308 N N
42292 Book, periodical, & newspaper whsle 3,694 N N 35,126,198 N N 2,509,078 N N 78,877 N N
42293 Flower, nursery stock, & florists' supplies whsle 4,998 N N 10,669,277 N N 1,613,336 N N 60,585 N N
42294 Tobacco & tobacco product whsle 1,640 N N 84,933,094 N N 2,018,681 N N 59,033 N N
42295 Paint, varnish, & supplies whsle 2,468 N N 10,914,678 N N 937,356 N N 22,853 N N
42299 Other miscellaneous nondurable goods whsle 14,882 N N 37,696,615 N N 3,330,749 N N 95,860 N N

 

Source: 2002 Economic Census, Comparative Statistics,   Questions?