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Wholesale Trade
United States


These data are from the 1997 and 2002 Economic Censuses.
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Wholesale Trade by Subsector
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NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
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Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
  42 Wholesale trade 453,470 4,059,657,778 214,915,405 5,796,557
421 Wholesale trade, durable goods 290,629 2,179,717,376 133,236,997 3,398,261
422 Wholesale trade, nondurable goods 162,841 1,879,940,402 81,678,408 2,398,296

 

 

Wholesale Trade by Industry
Introductory text includes scope and methodology. Table includes only establishments with payroll. Nonemployers are shown separately. For descriptions of column headings and rows (industries), click on the appropriate underlined element in the table.

NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
ments
Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
42 Wholesale trade 453,470 4,059,657,778 214,915,405 5,796,557
NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
ments
Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
421 Wholesale trade, durable goods 290,629 2,179,717,376 133,236,997 3,398,261
4211 Motor vehicle & motor vehicle parts & supplies whsle 29,328 533,352,124 11,458,634 375,731
42111 Automobile & other motor vehicle whsle 7,664 428,356,355 4,638,901 150,947
4211101 Automobile & motorcycle whsle 3,952 232,780,708 1,767,828 70,675
4211102 Bus & recreational vehicle whsle 387 3,059,157 152,468 5,047
4211103 Light truck & van (14,000 lb or less) whsle 548 159,991,093 427,702 9,552
4211104 Medium truck & tractor (14,001 lb to 26,000 lb) whsle 516 4,375,397 275,806 7,929
4211105 Heavy truck & tractor (over 26,000 lb) whsle 2,261 28,150,000 2,015,097 57,744
42112 Motor vehicle supplies & new parts whsle 12,620 83,214,728 5,065,064 156,038
4211201 Motor vehicle supplies & new parts - warehouse distributors 5,095 30,313,120 2,002,699 67,362
4211202 Motor vehicle supplies & new parts - jobbers 6,942 51,468,506 2,905,299 84,003
4211203 Petroleum products marketing equipment whsle 583 1,433,102 157,066 4,673
42113 Tire & tube whsle 1,939 16,508,934 782,893 22,939
42114 Motor vehicle parts, (used) whsle 7,105 5,272,107 971,776 45,807
4212 Furniture & home furnishings whsle 15,246 75,006,478 5,316,976 157,465
42121 Furniture whsle 6,697 31,898,583 2,415,323 65,930
4212101 Household & lawn furniture whsle 3,304 12,079,496 698,636 23,346
4212102 Office & business furniture whsle 3,393 19,819,087 1,716,687 42,584
42122 Home furnishings whsle 8,549 43,107,895 2,901,653 91,535
4212201 Household china, glassware, & crockery whsle 1,332 6,744,886 478,488 16,343
4212202 Linens, domestics, draperies, & curtains whsle 1,876 11,337,298 658,252 20,019
4212203 Floor coverings whsle 2,591 16,467,044 1,044,511 30,315
4212204 Other home furnishings whsle 2,750 8,558,667 720,402 24,858
4213 Lumber & other construction materials whsle 14,267 89,175,875 5,296,176 155,535
42131 Lumber, plywood, millwork, & wood panel whsle 6,767 60,455,924 3,126,436 88,905
4213101 Lumber without yard whsle 1,627 17,143,755 529,208 12,611
4213102 Lumber with yard whsle 1,599 15,464,304 890,605 27,481
4213103 Plywood, veneer, millwork, & wood panel whsle 3,541 27,847,865 1,706,623 48,813
42132 Brick, stone, & related construction materials whsle 3,026 10,711,750 761,681 23,753
4213201 Brick, block, tile, clay/cement sewer pipe whsle 1,184 3,546,360 284,096 9,941
4213202 Sand, gravel, & stone whsle 1,012 2,001,239 239,974 7,775
4213203 Cement, lime, & related products whsle 830 5,164,151 237,611 6,037
42133 Roofing, siding, & insulation material whsle 1,584 9,811,545 601,826 16,402
42139 Other construction materials whsle 2,890 8,196,656 806,233 26,475
4213901 Flat glass & other construction glass whsle 669 1,950,805 235,834 8,197
4213902 Other construction materials whsle 2,221 6,245,851 570,399 18,278
4214 Professional & commercial equipment & supplies whsle 45,351 367,383,550 33,292,437 716,113
42141 Photographic equipment & supplies whsle 1,379 16,679,051 929,865 21,195
42142 Office equipment whsle 7,319 36,646,598 5,421,076 143,381
42143 Computer & computer peripheral equipment & software whsle 16,929 221,447,412 17,305,512 317,662
4214301 Computer & peripheral equipment whsle 14,080 209,760,805 15,450,012 282,335
42143011 Computers & peripheral equipment for resale 5,657 115,317,362 4,275,564 91,857
42143012 Computers & peripheral equipment for end use 8,423 94,443,443 11,174,448 190,478
4214302 Computer software (packaged) whsle 2,849 11,686,607 1,855,500 35,327
42144 Other commercial equipment whsle 5,380 15,914,735 1,754,684 52,186
4214401 Restaurant & hotel equipment & supplies whsle 3,165 10,686,971 1,012,146 30,890
4214402 Store machines & equipment whsle 2,215 5,227,764 742,538 21,296
42145 Medical, dental, & hospital equipment & supplies whsle 9,782 58,791,711 5,746,165 121,572
4214501 Surgical, medical, & hospital supplies whsle 8,721 54,484,063 5,125,079 106,502
4214502 Dental equipment & supplies whsle 1,061 4,307,648 621,086 15,070
42146 Ophthalmic goods whsle 1,781 6,865,265 867,808 28,260
42149 Other professional equipment & supplies whsle 2,781 11,038,778 1,267,327 31,857
4214901 Religious & school supplies whsle 456 1,495,661 175,321 5,811
4214902 Other professional equipment & supplies whsle 2,325 9,543,117 1,092,006 26,046
4215 Metal & mineral (except petroleum) whsle 12,583 150,493,610 6,898,028 174,029
42151 Metal service centers & offices 11,827 135,695,563 6,637,599 168,950
4215101 Ferrous metal service centers & sales offices 9,437 106,496,206 5,338,101 138,934
42151011 Ferrous metal service centers 6,412 69,014,037 4,683,412 123,914
42151012 Ferrous metal sales offices 3,025 37,482,169 654,689 15,020
4215102 Nonferrous metal service centers & sales offices 2,390 29,199,357 1,299,498 30,016
42151021 Nonferrous metal service centers 1,556 22,107,893 1,122,138 26,446
42151022 Nonferrous metal sales offices 834 7,091,464 177,360 3,570
42152 Coal & other mineral & ore whsle 756 14,798,047 260,429 5,079
4215201 Coal whsle 452 10,037,343 158,986 3,037
4215202 Other mineral & ore whsle 304 4,760,704 101,443 2,042
4216 Electrical goods whsle 38,234 357,691,888 22,524,717 475,766
42161 Electrical apparatus & equip, wiring supp, & const material whsle 13,431 85,861,019 6,028,387 144,585
42162 Electrical appliance, television & radio set whsle 3,895 54,683,947 2,079,747 50,922
42169 Other electronic parts & equipment whsle 20,908 217,146,922 14,416,583 280,259
4216901 Communications equipment & supplies whsle 9,180 88,413,555 8,091,469 152,279
4216902 Electronic parts (excluding communications equipment) whsle 11,728 128,733,367 6,325,114 127,980
4217 Hardware, & plumbing & heating equipment & supplies whsle 21,194 92,189,762 7,977,961 219,233
42171 Hardware whsle 9,473 44,063,674 3,865,008 110,963
42172 Plumbing & heating equipment & supplies (hydronics) whsle 4,625 22,928,107 1,582,219 43,887
42173 Warm air heating & air-conditioning equipment & supplies whsle 5,524 20,062,710 2,013,489 51,252
42174 Refrigeration equipment & supplies whsle 1,572 5,135,271 517,245 13,131
4218 Machinery, equipment, & supplies whsle 76,643 328,968,331 29,401,798 772,550
42181 Construction & mining (except petroleum) machinery & equip whsle 5,321 44,725,989 3,604,644 87,611
42182 Farm & garden machinery & equipment whsle 9,782 39,713,264 2,860,510 101,413
4218201 Farm machinery & equipment - farm dealers 6,931 21,996,353 1,898,402 72,177
4218202 Farm machinery & equipment - whsle distributors 2,122 13,486,595 643,692 19,867
4218203 Lawn & garden machinery & equipment whsle 729 4,230,316 318,416 9,369
42183 Industrial machinery & equipment whsle 35,674 139,946,952 14,167,699 342,008
4218301 Food-processing machinery & equipment whsle 1,333 4,273,371 496,582 12,098
4218302 Hydraulic & pneumatic (fluid-power) machinery & equipment whsle 3,866 13,016,250 1,637,232 40,348
42183021 Hydraulic & pneumatic pumps & motors whsle 1,636 4,753,826 543,359 13,756
42183022 Hydraulic & pneumatic parts, accessories, & supplies whsle 2,230 8,262,424 1,093,873 26,592
4218303 General-purpose industrial machinery & equipment whsle 11,101 42,641,534 4,279,378 102,295
4218304 Metalworking machinery & equipment whsle 4,092 19,008,973 1,603,844 35,524
4218305 Materials handling equipment whsle 4,642 18,803,215 2,371,197 63,169
4218306 Oilwell, oil refinery, & pipeline mach, equip, & supplies whsle 3,536 11,671,958 1,006,985 25,475
4218307 Other industrial machinery & equipment whsle 7,104 30,531,651 2,772,481 63,099
42184 Industrial supplies whsle 15,055 64,861,321 5,240,795 140,735
4218401 General-line industrial supplies whsle 2,176 4,367,291 554,823 16,136
4218402 Mechanical power transmission supplies whsle 2,917 13,895,428 1,027,321 28,097
4218403 Welding supplies whsle 2,141 4,750,926 649,262 19,335
4218404 Industrial containers & supplies whsle 1,763 9,931,630 574,198 15,879
4218405 Industrial valves & fittings (except fluid-power) whsle 1,552 6,805,404 731,411 16,740
4218406 Other industrial supplies whsle 4,506 25,110,642 1,703,780 44,548
42185 Service establishment equipment & supplies whsle 6,808 16,038,492 1,804,565 59,878
4218501 Beauty & barber shop equipment & supplies whsle 1,296 2,416,390 372,536 14,071
4218502 Custodial, janitors' equipment & supplies whsle 2,356 4,430,938 654,149 22,107
4218503 Laundry & dry-cleaning equipment & supplies whsle 699 4,123,097 240,347 6,526
4218504 Other service establishment equipment & supplies whsle 2,457 5,068,067 537,533 17,174
42186 Transportation equipment & supplies (exc motor vehicle) whsle 4,003 23,682,313 1,723,585 40,905
4218601 Aircraft & aeronautical equipment & supplies whsle 2,428 17,709,438 1,162,838 25,666
4218602 Marine machinery, equipment, & supplies whsle 952 3,513,978 344,478 9,314
4218603 Other transportation equipment & supplies whsle 623 2,458,897 216,269 5,925
4219 Miscellaneous durable goods whsle 37,783 185,455,758 11,070,270 351,839
42191 Sporting & recreational goods & supplies whsle 6,080 28,233,685 1,897,111 59,861
42192 Toy & hobby goods & supplies whsle 3,229 20,166,025 1,229,055 36,337
42193 Recyclable material whsle 9,088 38,748,659 3,229,092 114,992
4219301 Iron & steel scrap processors & dealers 3,480 18,205,778 1,296,382 43,789
42193011 Iron & steel scrap processors (using power processing equipment) 2,308 12,550,221 1,100,834 36,303
42193012 Iron & steel scrap processors (not using power processing equip) 1,172 5,655,557 195,548 7,486
4219302 Recyclable paper & paperboard whsle 1,588 5,592,266 587,535 20,596
4219303 Other recyclable material whsle 4,020 14,950,615 1,345,175 50,607
42194 Jewelry/watch/silverware/precious stone, & precious metal whsle 7,689 32,398,553 1,702,770 49,820
4219401 Jewelry, watch, diamonds, precious stone, & silverware whsle 7,116 22,519,342 1,579,391 46,813
4219402 Precious metal (excluding ores) whsle 573 9,879,211 123,379 3,007
42199 Other miscellaneous durable goods whsle 11,697 65,908,836 3,012,242 90,829
4219901 Musical instruments & supplies whsle 512 2,474,693 180,103 4,906
4219902 Forest products (except lumber) whsle 2,032 11,386,630 406,277 11,396
4219903 General merchandise (durable goods) whsle 3,382 21,595,797 525,213 18,027
4219904 Prerecorded media whsle 2,075 23,424,629 1,176,057 34,103
42199041 Compact discs/prerecorded audio tapes, & phonograph records whsle 1,418 15,602,913 825,788 23,540
42199042 Prerecorded video tapes whsle 657 7,821,716 350,269 10,563
4219905 Fire extinguishers & fire safety equipment whsle 1,016 1,136,419 181,172 6,604
4219906 Other durable goods whsle 2,680 5,890,668 543,420 15,793
NAICS
code
Description Estab-
lish-
ments
Sales
($1,000)
Annual
payroll
($1,000)
Paid
employees
422 Wholesale trade, nondurable goods 162,841 1,879,940,402 81,678,408 2,398,296
4221 Paper & paper product whsle 15,848 117,062,485 7,730,308 214,350
42211 Printing & writing paper whsle 2,309 38,397,487 1,547,334 33,135
42212 Stationery & office supplies whsle 8,046 33,271,034 3,308,237 109,766
42213 Industrial & personal service paper whsle 5,493 45,393,964 2,874,737 71,449
4222 Drugs, & druggists' sundries whsle 8,053 203,147,771 8,394,864 190,127
4222101 General-line drugs whsle 3,283 79,946,995 2,290,715 70,977
4222102 Specialty-line drug, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, & toiletries whsle 4,770 123,200,776 6,104,149 119,150
4223 Apparel, piece goods, & notions whsle 20,707 124,104,420 7,759,577 207,574
42231 Piece goods, notions, & other dry goods whsle 5,666 25,776,927 1,611,443 45,435
4223101 Piece goods - jobbers 4,191 22,125,937 1,240,760 33,068
4223102 Notions & other dry goods whsle 1,475 3,650,990 370,683 12,367
42232 Men's & boys' clothing & furnishings whsle 5,006 33,360,264 2,166,205 62,253
42233 Women's, children's, & infants' clothing & accessories whsle 8,217 40,603,484 2,799,463 76,256
42234 Footwear whsle 1,818 24,363,745 1,182,466 23,630
4224 Grocery & related products whsle 41,760 588,970,062 26,778,099 854,919
42241 General-line grocery whsle 4,138 146,689,286 5,541,000 168,190
4224101 General-line grocery whsle, voluntary group 186 16,156,029 554,986 17,064
4224102 General-line grocery whsle, retail cooperative 211 16,142,440 467,726 13,882
4224103 Other general-line grocery whsle 3,741 114,390,817 4,518,288 137,244
42242 Packaged frozen food whsle 3,838 69,114,831 2,800,272 85,067
42243 Dairy products, (except dried or canned) whsle 2,862 34,594,779 1,637,129 47,742
4224301 Raw milk whsle 140 4,900,769 49,043 1,642
4224302 Dairy product (except raw milk) whsle 2,722 29,694,010 1,588,086 46,100
42244 Poultry & poultry product whsle 1,040 13,809,561 490,567 17,792
4224401 Live poultry whsle 50 317,047 17,713 595
4224402 Poultry & poultry product (except live) whsle 990 13,492,514 472,854 17,197
42245 Confectionery whsle 2,621 27,169,914 1,835,202 60,010
42246 Fish & seafood whsle 2,960 13,165,780 684,365 27,402
42247 Meat & meat product whsle 3,557 51,326,415 1,490,922 50,256
42248 Fresh fruit & vegetable whsle 6,121 46,340,833 3,021,175 109,771
42249 Other grocery & related products whsle 14,623 186,758,663 9,277,467 288,689
4224901 Coffee, tea, & spice whsle 1,788 13,421,054 587,048 19,037
4224902 Bread & baked goods whsle 3,290 20,275,213 1,607,505 55,337
4224903 Soft drinks whsle 3,150 29,142,717 3,212,389 100,272
4224904 Canned goods whsle 1,283 27,632,847 753,747 20,470
4224905 Food & beverage basic materials whsle 703 6,331,021 266,495 7,303
4224906 Other grocery specialties whsle 4,409 89,955,811 2,850,283 86,270
4225 Farm-product raw material whsle 10,343 166,786,245 2,306,012 97,521
42251 Grain & field bean whsle 6,569 120,312,556 1,642,921 56,368
42252 Livestock whsle 2,090 24,098,461 260,202 27,182
42259 Other farm product raw material whsle 1,684 22,375,228 402,889 13,971
4225901 Hides, skins, & pelts whsle 260 2,096,303 54,276 1,983
4225902 Leaf tobacco whsle 328 3,658,394 86,300 3,720
4225903 Wool, wool tops, & mohair whsle 80 202,820 7,838 307
4225904 Cotton whsle 297 10,618,437 110,196 2,595
4225905 Other farm-product raw material whsle 719 5,799,274 144,279 5,366
4226 Chemical & allied products whsle 15,920 128,923,496 7,241,315 165,768
42261 Plastics materials & basic forms & shapes whsle 4,349 35,193,271 1,743,650 43,680
42269 Other chemical & allied products whsle 11,571 93,730,225 5,497,665 122,088
4226901 Industrial gases (except LP) whsle 1,106 2,806,880 407,882 11,505
4226902 Other chemical & allied products whsle 10,465 90,923,345 5,089,783 110,583
4227 Petroleum & petroleum products whsle 11,297 267,623,942 4,479,853 137,829
42271 Petroleum bulk stations & terminals 7,690 176,719,246 3,165,900 102,489
4227101 Petroleum bulk stations & terminals (except LP) 7,270 171,008,939 2,991,345 97,752
42271011 Petroleum bulk stations (except LP) 6,045 50,922,994 1,878,095 69,499
42271012 Petroleum bulk terminals (except LP) 1,225 120,085,945 1,113,250 28,253
4227102 Liquefied petroleum bulk stations & terminals 420 5,710,307 174,555 4,737
42272 Petroleum & petroleum prod whsle (exc bulk stations & terminals) 3,607 90,904,696 1,313,953 35,340
4228 Beer, wine, & distilled alcoholic beverage whsle 4,850 69,703,203 5,667,069 151,677
42281 Beer & ale whsle 3,013 34,997,239 3,308,583 96,284
42282 Wine & distilled alcoholic beverage whsle 1,837 34,705,964 2,358,486 55,393
4228201 Wine & distilled alcoholic bev (licensed operation) whsle 1,715 34,325,562 2,348,175 54,751
4228202 Wine & distilled alcoholic beverage (State operated) whsle 122 380,402 10,311 642
4229 Miscellaneous nondurable goods whsle 34,063 213,618,778 11,321,311 378,531
42291 Farm supplies whsle 7,378 53,634,309 2,562,527 74,508
4229101 Farm supplies - farm dealers 3,873 12,772,801 836,054 29,647
4229102 Farm supplies - whsle distributors 3,505 40,861,508 1,726,473 44,861
42292 Book, periodical, & newspaper whsle 4,265 33,630,300 2,618,123 89,309
42293 Flower, nursery stock, & florists' supplies whsle 3,900 8,002,830 1,026,750 44,939
42294 Tobacco & tobacco product whsle 1,561 50,268,772 1,589,663 57,046
42295 Paint, varnish, & supplies whsle 2,192 7,510,467 676,404 19,917
42299 Other miscellaneous nondurable goods whsle 14,767 60,572,100 2,847,844 92,812
4229901 Art goods whsle 4,583 9,596,493 985,525 33,019
4229902 General merchandise (nondurable goods) whsle 3,248 34,597,404 729,329 20,477
4229903 Textile bags, bagging, & burlap whsle 446 802,397 77,465 2,966
4229904 Other nondurable goods whsle 6,490 15,575,806 1,055,525 36,350
D = Withheld to avoid disclosure; N = Not available

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