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2002 Economic Census
Wholesale Trade
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Wholesale Trade - by subsector

Data based on Geographic Area Series reports. Table includes only establishments of firms with payroll. Nonemployers are shown separately. 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.

D = Withheld to avoid disclosing data of individual companies; data are included in higher level totals
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NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
ments
Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
  42 Wholesale trade 3,369 22,905,100 1,700,487 44,061
423 Durable goods merchant wholesalers 2,111 10,074,546 1,111,533 27,154
424 Nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 988 9,251,914 525,021 14,995
425 Wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers 270 3,578,640 63,933 1,912

 

 

Wholesale Trade - by industry

Data based on Geographic Area Series reports. Table includes only establishments of firms with payroll. Nonemployers are shown separately. 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.

D = Withheld to avoid disclosing data of individual companies; data are included in higher level totals

NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
ments
Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
423 Durable goods merchant wholesalers 2,111 10,074,546 1,111,533 27,154
4231 Mtr vehicle & parts & supplies merchant wholesalers 207 1,203,079 105,692 3,061
42311 Automobile & other mtr vehicle merchant wholesalers 51 587,437 46,338 1,102
4231101 Automobile & motorcycle merchant wholesalers 25 88,437 2,709 88
4231102 Bus & RV merchant wholesalers 4 25,968 2,536 33
4231103 Light truck & van merchant wholesalers 3 D D (20-99)
4231104 Medium truck & tractor merchant wholesalers 1 D D (1-19)
4231105 Heavy truck & tractor merchant wholesalers 18 458,306 40,419 955
42312 Mtr vehicle supplies & new parts merchant wholesalers 113 515,704 48,949 1,589
4231201 Mtr veh supp & new parts merchant wholesalers - wrehse dist 49 321,851 21,165 722
4231202 Mtr veh supp & new parts merchant wholesalers - jobbers 61 D D (500-999)
4231203 Petrol products marketing equip merchant wholesalers 3 D D (20-99)
42313 Tire & tube merchant wholesalers 25 D D (250-499)
42314 Motor vehicle parts (used) merchant wholesalers 18 D D (20-99)
4232 Furniture & home furnishing merchant wholesalers 90 245,083 27,264 962
42321 Furniture merchant wholesalers 31 115,868 9,229 279
4232101 Household & lawn furniture merchant wholesalers 16 D D (100-249)
4232102 Office & business furniture merchant wholesalers 15 D D (100-249)
42322 Home furnishing merchant wholesalers 59 129,215 18,035 683
4232201 Household china & crockery merchant wholesalers 6 D D (1-19)
4232202 Linens, draperies, & curtains merchant wholesalers 7 58,534 10,956 388
4232203 Floor coverings merchant wholesalers 25 56,275 5,200 204
4232204 Other home furnishing merchant wholesalers 21 D D (20-99)
4233 Lumber & other const material merchant wholesalers 181 1,091,368 99,481 2,683
42331 Lumber, plywood, & wood panel merchant wholesalers 77 672,804 52,624 1,429
4233101 Lumber without yard merchant wholesalers 27 308,375 23,730 693
4233102 Lumber with yard merchant wholesalers 14 107,309 9,599 230
4233103 Plywood, millwork, & wood panel merchant wholesalers 36 257,120 19,295 506
42332 Brick, stone, & const material merchant wholesalers 46 271,685 30,161 776
4233201 Brick, block, tile, & sewer pipe merchant wholesalers 20 213,592 25,866 672
4233202 Sand, gravel, & stone merchant wholesalers 14 D D (20-99)
4233203 Cement, lime, & related products merchant wholesalers 12 D D (20-99)
42333 Roofing, siding, & insul mat merchant wholesalers 22 89,881 7,193 203
42339 Other construction material merchant wholesalers 36 56,998 9,503 275
4233901 Flat glass & other const glass merchant wholesalers 7 18,914 4,611 124
4234 Prof & commercial equip & supp merchant wholesalers 325 1,946,307 248,470 5,266
42341 Photo equip & supp merchant wholesalers 6 D D (20-99)
42342 Office equipment merchant wholesalers 47 205,637 38,748 957
42343 Comp & perphl equip & software merchant wholesalers 125 1,245,223 145,499 2,254
4234301 Computer & peripheral equip merchant wholesalers 103 1,165,848 124,091 1,946
42343011 Computer & perphl equip for resale merchant wholesalers 31 704,422 66,682 1,032
42343012 Computer & perphl equip for end use merchant wholesalers 72 461,426 57,409 914
4234302 Computer software (packaged) merchant wholesalers 22 79,375 21,408 308
42344 Other commercial equipment merchant wholesalers 44 120,006 16,270 532
4234401 Restaurant & hotel equip & supp merchant wholesalers 24 66,197 8,518 305
4234402 Store machines & equipment merchant wholesalers 20 53,809 7,752 227
42345 Med, dental, & hosp equip & supp merchant wholesalers 71 260,235 31,955 1,146
4234501 Surgical, medic, & hospital supp merchant wholesalers 66 238,290 27,098 1,072
4234502 Dental equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers 5 21,945 4,857 74
42346 Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers 17 27,019 3,288 97
42349 Other professional equip & supp merchant wholesalers 15 D D (100-249)
4234901 Religious & school supplies merchant wholesalers 4 D D (20-99)
4234902 Srvyng & oth prof equip & supp merchant wholesalers 11 D D (100-249)
4235 Metal & mineral (exc petrol) merchant wholesalers 97 596,749 46,146 1,130
42351 Metal service centers & other metal merchant wholesalers 90 479,697 43,538 1,076
4235101 Ferrous metal serv ctrs & sales off merchant wholesalers 74 397,152 37,138 946
42351011 Ferrous metal service centers merchant wholesalers 45 286,291 28,758 776
42351012 Ferrous metal sales offices merchant wholesalers 29 110,861 8,380 170
4235102 Nonferrous metal serv ctrs & sales off merchant wholesalers 16 82,545 6,400 130
42351021 Nonferrous metal service centers merchant wholesalers 10 D D (100-249)
42351022 Nonferrous metal sales offices merchant wholesalers 6 D D (20-99)
42352 Coal & other mineral & ore merchant wholesalers 7 117,052 2,608 54
4235201 Coal merchant wholesalers 2 D D (1-19)
4235202 Other mineral & ore merchant wholesalers 5 D D (20-99)
4236 Electrical goods merchant wholesalers 238 1,172,688 152,211 2,762
42361 Elec appar & equip & wiring supp merchant wholesalers 111 430,913 42,446 1,012
42362 Electric appliance, TV & radio merchant wholesalers 20 D D (100-249)
42369 Other electronic parts & equip merchant wholesalers 107 D D (1000-2499)
4236901 Communications equipment & supp merchant wholesalers 48 244,319 41,155 616
4236902 Electr parts (exc comm equip) merchant wholesalers 59 D D (500-999)
4237 Hrdwr, plumb & heat equip & supp merchant wholesalers 172 659,361 75,092 1,904
42371 Hardware merchant wholesalers 49 186,216 18,758 526
42372 Plumbing & heating equip & supp merchant wholesalers 61 267,869 29,702 749
42373 Warm air heating & AC equip merchant wholesalers 48 170,744 21,494 492
42374 Refrigeration equipment & supp merchant wholesalers 14 34,532 5,138 137
4238 Machinery, equipment, & supplies merchant wholesalers 516 1,945,291 255,511 6,481
42381 Const & mining machinery & equip merchant wholesalers 64 613,635 86,289 1,966
42382 Farm & garden machinery & equip merchant wholesalers 59 251,403 24,507 891
4238201 Farm machinery & equip merchant wholesalers - farm dealers 36 81,652 9,001 375
4238202 Farm machinery & equip merchant wholesalers - whsle dist 17 144,075 12,959 446
4238203 Lawn & garden machinery & equip merchant wholesalers 6 25,676 2,547 70
42383 Industrial machinery & equipment merchant wholesalers 255 672,656 93,334 2,259
4238301 Food-processing mach & equipment merchant wholesalers 6 11,157 1,730 40
4238302 Hydrlc & pneumatic mach & equip merchant wholesalers 44 72,759 10,953 276
42383021 Hydrlc & pneumatic pmps & motors merchant wholesalers 20 33,255 4,170 99
42383022 Hydrlc & pneumatic parts & supp merchant wholesalers 24 39,504 6,783 177
4238303 General-purpose ind mach & equip merchant wholesalers 80 189,307 29,231 739
4238304 Metalworking machinery & equip merchant wholesalers 20 D D (20-99)
4238305 Materials handling equipment merchant wholesalers 33 164,603 29,836 723
4238306 Oil well/refinery mach & equip merchant wholesalers 30 140,047 10,560 233
4238307 Oth industrial machinery & equip merchant wholesalers 42 D D (100-249)
42384 Industrial supplies merchant wholesalers 72 171,288 20,296 532
4238401 General-line industrial supplies merchant wholesalers 5 1,374 333 16
4238402 Mechanical power transmsn supp merchant wholesalers 13 26,905 3,095 90
4238403 Welding supplies merchant wholesalers 10 D D (100-249)
4238404 Industrial containers & supplies merchant wholesalers 12 61,583 6,044 142
4238405 Industrial valves & fittings merchant wholesalers 11 22,298 2,809 67
4238406 Other industrial supplies merchant wholesalers 21 D D (100-249)
42385 Service estab equipment & supp merchant wholesalers 50 150,877 18,381 484
4238501 Beauty & barber equip & supp merchant wholesalers 15 D D (20-99)
4238502 Custodial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers 14 53,222 10,079 261
4238503 Laundry & dry-cleaning equipment merchant wholesalers 9 21,751 2,762 76
4238504 Other service estab equip & supp merchant wholesalers 12 D D (20-99)
42386 Trans equip & supp (exc mtr veh) merchant wholesalers 16 85,432 12,704 349
4238601 Aircraft & aeronautical equip merchant wholesalers 9 D D (250-499)
4238602 Marine machinery, equip, & supp merchant wholesalers 2 D D (1-19)
4238603 Other trans equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers 5 D D (20-99)
4239 Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers 285 1,214,620 101,666 2,905
42391 Sporting & rec goods & supplies merchant wholesalers 64 220,217 18,177 549
42392 Toy & hobby goods & supplies merchant wholesalers 33 211,101 16,302 659
42393 Recyclable material merchant wholesalers 55 286,146 15,666 539
4239301 Iron & steel scrap merchant wholesalers - processors & dealers 17 D D (100-249)
42393011 Iron & steel scrap merchant wholesalers - (power) processors 12 D D (100-249)
42393012 Iron & steel scrap merchant wholesalers - (nonpower) dealers 5 D D (1-19)
4239302 Recyclable paper & paperboard merchant wholesalers 8 19,823 3,955 115
4239303 Other recyclable materials merchant wholesalers 30 D D (100-249)
42394 Jewelry, watch, prec stone, & prec metal merchant wholesalers 41 D D (250-499)
4239401 Jewelry, watch, prec stone & silverware merchant wholesalers 38 D D (250-499)
4239402 Precious metal (except ore) merchant wholesalers 3 D D (1-19)
42399 Other misc durable goods merchant wholesalers 92 D D (500-999)
4239901 Musical instruments & supplies merchant wholesalers 6 5,598 403 26
4239902 Forest products (exc lumber) merchant wholesalers 3 D D (1-19)
4239903 General merch (durable goods) merchant wholesalers 30 D D (100-249)
4239904 Prerecorded media merchant wholesalers 13 40,073 4,067 113
42399041 CDs, audio tapes, & records merchant wholesalers 3 D D (20-99)
42399042 Prerecorded video tapes merchant wholesalers 10 D D (20-99)
4239905 Fire safety equipment merchant wholesalers 11 6,783 2,196 64
4239906 Other durable goods merchant wholesalers 29 D D (250-499)

NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
ments
Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
424 Nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 988 9,251,914 525,021 14,995
4241 Paper & paper product merchant wholesalers 95 494,463 42,166 1,075
42411 Printing & writing paper merchant wholesalers 13 D D (250-499)
42412 Stationery & office supplies merchant wholesalers 60 201,624 17,210 491
42413 Industrial & personal serv paper merchant wholesalers 22 D D (250-499)
4242 Drugs & druggists' sundries merchant wholesalers 99 2,313,272 114,863 2,460
4242101 General-line drugs merchant wholesalers 51 1,522,508 16,439 529
4242102 Specialty-line drugs merchant wholesalers 48 790,764 98,424 1,931
4243 Apparel, piece goods, & notions merchant wholesalers 84 D D (500-999)
42431 Piece goods, notions, oth dry gd merchant wholesalers 17 13,538 1,650 60
4243101 Piece goods merchant wholesalers - jobbers 13 D D (20-99)
4243102 Notions & other dry goods merchant wholesalers 4 D D (1-19)
42432 Men's & boys' clothing & access merchant wholesalers 35 D D (250-499)
42433 Women's & child clthng & access merchant wholesalers 27 41,136 6,306 179
42434 Footwear merchant wholesalers 5 8,697 992 48
4244 Grocery & related product merchant wholesalers 250 3,368,482 190,948 5,989
42441 General line grocery merchant wholesalers 24 1,453,340 72,762 2,062
4244101 Gen line groc merchant whsle - voluntary group 3 D D (20-99)
4244102 Gen line groc merchant whsle - retail co-op 1 D D (500-999)
4244103 Other general line groc merchant wholesalers 20 D D (1000-2499)
42442 Packaged frozen food merchant wholesalers 14 D D (500-999)
42443 Dairy prod (exc dried/canned) merchant wholesalers 24 229,574 13,949 496
4244301 Raw milk merchant wholesalers 1 D D (1-19)
4244302 Dairy prod (exc raw milk) merchant wholesalers 23 D D (250-499)
42444 Poultry & poultry prod merchant wholesalers 8 149,734 3,849 107
4244402 Poultry & pltry prods (exc live) merchant wholesalers 8 149,734 3,849 107
42445 Confectionery merchant wholesalers 16 74,345 3,041 69
42446 Fish & seafood merchant wholesalers 4 D D (20-99)
42447 Meat & meat product merchant wholesalers 17 D D (100-249)
42448 Fresh fruit & vegetable merchant wholesalers 27 148,151 9,445 280
42449 Other grocery & related products merchant wholesalers 116 D D (1000-2499)
4244901 Coffee, tea, & spice merchant wholesalers 8 12,927 2,070 72
4244902 Bread & baked goods merchant wholesalers 26 140,580 8,145 308
4244903 Soft drinks merchant wholesalers 27 243,014 26,252 1,135
4244904 Canned goods merchant wholesalers 9 30,478 2,079 76
4244905 Food & beverage basic material merchant wholesalers 4 D D (20-99)
4244906 Other grocery specialties merchant wholesalers 42 D D (250-499)
4245 Farm products raw materials merchant wholesalers 23 D D (100-249)
42451 Grain & field bean merchant wholesalers 17 60,082 2,074 76
42452 Livestock merchant wholesalers 5 D D (20-99)
42459 Other farm product raw materials merchant wholesalers 1 D D (1-19)
4246 Chemicals & allied products merchant wholesalers 129 392,368 44,182 1,108
42461 Plastics materials & basic forms merchant wholesalers 35 84,170 8,439 254
42469 Other chemicals & allied prods merchant wholesalers 94 308,198 35,743 854
4246901 Industrial gases (exc LP) merchant wholesalers 16 D D (100-249)
4247 Petroleum & petroleum products merchant wholesalers 73 1,508,651 30,804 1,095
42471 Petroleum bulk stations & terminals 48 1,404,591 26,001 914
4247101 Petrol bulk stations & term (exc LP) 45 D D (500-999)
42471011 Petroleum bulk stations (exc LP) 40 D D (500-999)
42471012 Petroleum bulk terminals (exc LP) 5 D D (20-99)
4247102 LP bulk stations & terminals 3 D D (20-99)
42472 Petrol & petrol prod merchant wholesalers (exc bulk) 25 104,060 4,803 181
4248 Beer, wine, & alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers 15 D D (500-999)
42481 Beer & ale merchant wholesalers 13 198,093 20,921 559
42482 Wine & alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers 2 D D (20-99)
4249 Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 220 D D (1000-2499)
42491 Farm supplies merchant wholesalers 31 96,439 7,758 214
4249101 Farm supplies merchant wholesalers - farm dealers 18 D D (100-249)
4249102 Farm supplies merchant wholesalers - whsle distributors 13 D D (20-99)
42492 Book, periodical, & newspaper merchant wholesalers 44 213,905 15,163 457
42493 Flowers & florists' supplies merchant wholesalers 30 28,336 5,409 268
42494 Tobacco & tobacco product merchant wholesalers 4 196,679 6,169 193
42495 Paint, varnish, & supp merchant wholesalers 22 D D (250-499)
42499 Other misc nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 89 D D (500-999)
4249901 Art goods merchant wholesalers 37 70,645 11,146 404
4249902 General merch (nondurable goods) merchant wholesalers 13 8,722 1,229 33
4249903 Textile bags, bagging, & burlap merchant wholesalers 4 D D (20-99)
4249904 Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 35 D D (100-249)

NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
ments
Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
425 Wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers 270 3,578,640 63,933 1,912
42511 Business to business electronic markets 1 D D (1-19)
42512 Wholesale trade agents & brokers 269 D D (1000-2499)
4251203 Agents & brokers, durable goods 188 2,257,218 39,749 1,106
42512031 Motor vehicle & motor vehicle parts & supplies agents & brokers 11 D D (250-499)
42512032 Furniture & home furnishings agents & brokers 17 D D (20-99)
42512033 Lumber & other construction materials agents & brokers 7 21,566 551 15
42512034 Professional & commercial equipment & supplies agents & brokers 32 197,423 11,270 173
42512035 Metal & mineral (exc petroleum) agents & brokers 5 D D (1-19)
42512036 Electrical & electronic goods agents & brokers 45 337,613 7,895 197
42512037 Hardware, plumbing, & heating equipment & supp agents & brokers 19 D D (20-99)
42512038 Machinery, equipment, & supplies agents & brokers 29 76,406 2,624 68
42512039 Miscellaneous durable goods agents & brokers 23 100,215 2,208 50
4251204 Agents & brokers, nondurable goods 81 D D (500-999)
42512041 Paper & paper products agents & brokers 10 31,500 661 24
42512042 Drugs & druggists' sundries agents & brokers 6 24,983 409 11
42512043 Apparel, piece goods, & notions agents & brokers 11 28,666 387 13
42512044 Grocery & related products agents & brokers 26 973,610 18,335 530
42512045 Farm products raw materials agents & brokers 6 164,018 1,404 148
42512046 Chemical & allied products agents & brokers 4 D D (1-19)
42512047 Petroleum & petroleum products agents & brokers 1 D D (1-19)
42512048 Beer, wine, & distilled alcoholic beverage agents & brokers 3 D D (1-19)
42512049 Miscellaneous nondurable goods agents & brokers 14 72,677 1,698 51


Source: 2002 Economic Census, Geographic Area Series   Questions?
Last revised: January 06, 2012