1997 Economic Census:
Comparative Statistics for the United States
1987 SIC Basis: Wholesale Trade

 
Wholesale Trade - Industries Ranked by Growth in Sales 1992 to 1997
Includes only establishments with payroll. Data are in current dollars and have not been adjusted for inflation. Introductory text includes scope and methodology. For descriptions of column headings and rows (industries), click on the appropriate underlined element in the table. An alternate display has 1992 columns.

SIC 1987 SIC Description Establishments Sales
($1,000)
Paid employees Annual payroll
($1,000)
1997 % chg 1997 % chg 1997 % chg 1997 % chg
5065 Other electronic parts and equipment 15,253 23.9 104,267,176 126.7 200,492 53.7 9,328,045 112.8
5045 Computers and computer peripheral equipment and supplies 17,279 16.3 150,824,705 115.3 238,511 49.9 10,560,012 84.7
5065 Other electronic parts and equipment 20,908 22.9 217,146,922 106.0 280,259 45.6 14,416,583 102.4
5112 Stationery and office supplies 10,156 4.5 36,735,027 89.1 153,380 29.9 3,731,072 44.7
5082 Construction and mining (except petroleum) machinery and equipment 4,763 3.7 31,561,292 78.2 77,574 19.9 3,110,734 51.1
5082 Construction and mining (except petroleum) machinery and equipment 5,321 3.2 44,725,989 71.2 87,611 19.2 3,604,644 50.9
5045 Computers and computer peripheral equipment and supplies 19,753 12.4 239,604,341 70.3 348,435 24.6 18,409,294 46.1
5162 Plastics materials and basic forms and shapes 3,357 28.5 16,733,225 68.0 34,844 36.6 1,295,883 61.2
5099 Durable goods, n.e.c. 9,550 20.7 47,190,678 65.6 72,640 24.7 2,331,940 51.8
5092 Toys and hobby goods and supplies 2,792 17.4 15,890,421 64.7 32,791 21.0 1,060,892 35.4
5039 Other construction materials 4,359 29.8 9,709,239 61.5 40,864 37.9 1,251,010 61.9
5084 Industrial machinery and equipment 26,302 13.0 90,273,416 60.8 261,759 24.5 10,496,913 54.0
5093 Recyclable materials 8,833 1.6 37,358,147 60.6 114,097 17.9 3,196,991 43.2
5122 Drugs, drug proprietaries, and druggists' sundries 7,250 37.2 107,379,498 60.1 128,641 27.8 4,453,417 58.4
5093 Recyclable materials 9,088 1.8 38,748,659 58.4 114,992 17.3 3,229,092 42.3
5122 Drugs, drug proprietaries, and druggists' sundries 8,053 32.7 203,147,771 57.1 190,127 20.4 8,394,864 56.4
5112 Stationery and office supplies 11,942 1.1 50,433,224 54.4 192,328 13.9 4,728,933 37.6
5144 Poultry and poultry products 873 -14.6 10,721,436 54.0 15,681 -8.0 423,543 15.9
5149 Other groceries and related products 10,598 9.2 73,594,207 53.7 152,713 23.5 4,547,944 45.2
5012 Automobiles and other motor vehicles 7,664 -3.0 428,356,355 53.6 150,947 16.0 4,638,901 31.8
5064 Electrical appliances, television and radio sets 3,237 8.4 39,717,526 52.9 42,999 2.0 1,709,097 20.8
5099 Durable goods, n.e.c. 11,040 14.0 58,087,120 52.2 80,266 21.1 2,661,973 45.6
5084 Industrial machinery and equipment 33,444 10.3 131,684,528 52.0 315,416 21.8 13,073,826 49.0
5021 Furniture 7,924 7.9 34,926,416 51.7 79,783 15.3 2,859,398 44.0
5113 Industrial and personal service paper 4,588 7.8 26,441,166 50.0 60,853 16.6 2,328,049 39.5
5021 Furniture 6,107 10.4 20,286,904 49.9 70,346 18.2 2,414,353 48.5
5139 Footwear 1,818 6.2 24,363,745 49.9 23,630 8.3 1,182,466 34.3
5199 Other miscellaneous nondurable goods 17,397 29.6 58,104,248 49.0 114,624 27.2 3,463,162 51.3
5083 Farm and garden machinery and equipment 10,018 -1.9 31,920,772 48.3 102,186 7.4 2,803,450 31.3
5078 Refrigeration equipment and supplies 1,572 8.0 5,135,271 48.0 13,131 10.1 517,245 41.0
5139 Footwear 1,411 3.9 18,001,751 47.7 19,493 4.2 918,267 29.7
5072 Hardware 9,473 12.7 44,063,674 46.4 110,963 14.5 3,865,008 38.6
5032 Brick, stone, and related construction materials 3,614 6.7 8,099,203 46.2 31,025 22.1 1,002,575 40.4
5087 Service establishment equipment and supplies 7,046 -7.0 16,230,028 45.2 61,237 -2.7 1,833,447 18.1
5074 Plumbing and heating equipment and supplies 8,993 13.4 27,677,101 44.9 93,622 21.2 3,090,969 43.6
5063 Electrical apparatus and equipment, wiring supplies, and construction materials 19,492 5.3 109,213,733 44.7 216,595 13.8 8,515,619 39.7
5136 Men's and boys' clothing and furnishings 4,144 10.5 22,684,344 43.5 52,198 25.5 1,743,994 44.2
5046 Other commercial equipment 4,658 6.8 12,215,821 42.8 47,048 19.8 1,550,219 43.9
5033 Roofing, siding, and insulation materials 2,687 16.1 13,046,440 42.8 32,695 26.5 1,154,967 50.2
5074 Plumbing and heating equipment and supplies 10,357 11.1 39,754,443 42.5 104,239 19.7 3,539,788 42.2
5078 Refrigeration equipment and supplies 1,358 8.5 3,435,926 42.5 11,193 7.9 406,356 33.8
5063 Electrical apparatus and equipment, wiring supplies, and construction materials 14,918 8.0 61,702,888 42.1 173,749 17.3 6,243,481 39.6
5046 Other commercial equipment 5,380 7.6 15,914,735 42.1 52,186 21.6 1,754,684 45.3
5032 Brick, stone, and related construction materials 4,546 6.1 14,366,477 42.0 39,041 21.8 1,261,869 36.5
5015 Motor vehicle parts, used 7,105 -1.7 5,272,107 41.7 45,807 12.0 971,776 31.5
5015 Motor vehicle parts, used 7,105 -1.7 5,272,107 41.7 45,807 12.0 971,776 31.5
5049 Other professional equipment and supplies 2,619 7.9 9,215,630 40.7 31,425 2.9 1,177,007 27.7
5048 Ophthalmic goods 1,781 0.1 6,865,265 39.8 28,260 10.6 867,808 32.6
5047 Medical, dental, and hospital equipment and supplies 9,081 16.3 37,085,867 39.7 103,449 13.0 4,228,822 33.7
5031 Lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panels 8,642 18.5 60,036,027 39.4 123,682 23.7 4,132,456 44.5
5083 Farm and garden machinery and equipment 10,488 -2.4 41,097,431 39.3 107,690 5.5 3,029,371 28.2
5048 Ophthalmic goods 1,551 -1.1 5,713,821 38.9 26,022 12.2 783,497 33.1
5044 Office equipment 6,291 -16.1 24,496,462 38.4 110,654 3.5 3,709,687 27.8
5199 Other miscellaneous nondurable goods 19,244 23.9 67,419,123 37.7 122,477 21.1 3,791,079 43.3
5191 Farm supplies 16,103 -7.8 74,776,800 37.6 146,676 6.8 4,220,725 36.1
5039 Other construction materials 4,906 21.2 12,677,629 37.6 45,893 24.1 1,420,930 46.3
5075 Warm air heating and air-conditioning equipment and supplies 5,524 0.7 20,062,710 37.2 51,252 13.6 2,013,489 37.8
5075 Warm air heating and air-conditioning equipment and supplies 4,744 2.8 14,185,407 37.0 42,511 14.2 1,559,234 38.1
5043 Photographic equipment and supplies 1,207 -3.9 8,347,662 36.9 16,320 7.4 656,569 30.2
5144 Poultry and poultry products 1,040 -15.0 13,809,561 36.5 17,792 -10.7 490,567 10.4
5072 Hardware 8,170 13.9 28,781,646 35.8 99,338 15.5 3,292,606 39.7
5085 Industrial supplies 14,887 8.0 43,798,616 35.6 147,425 11.5 5,447,038 36.3
5198 Paints, varnishes, and supplies 2,517 14.3 4,733,460 35.1 20,089 5.9 618,147 32.3
5193 Flowers, nursery stock, and florists' supplies 4,516 9.9 8,290,390 34.8 52,603 19.1 1,176,056 37.3
5169 Chemicals and allied products, n.e.c. 8,892 12.8 39,315,137 34.6 81,125 19.4 3,354,755 43.9
5023 Home furnishings 9,162 20.6 26,412,581 34.3 95,985 23.5 2,972,630 41.1
5091 Sporting and recreational goods and supplies 4,961 8.7 17,059,006 34.0 53,620 17.9 1,546,470 37.7
5091 Sporting and recreational goods and supplies 6,080 9.9 28,233,685 33.9 59,861 14.5 1,897,111 35.0
5023 Home furnishings 10,679 17.2 47,781,138 33.1 111,920 21.3 3,572,124 36.0
5052 Coal and other minerals and ores 592 -3.9 8,428,510 32.9 3,936 4.3 190,848 28.4
5192 Books, periodicals, and newspapers 3,257 4.3 17,022,288 32.5 69,110 19.9 1,697,252 27.6
5193 Flowers, nursery stock, and florists' supplies 4,762 10.2 9,048,364 32.5 53,918 17.0 1,216,044 33.9
5153 Grain and field beans 6,569 -11.8 120,312,556 32.4 56,368 -6.4 1,642,921 13.6
5031 Lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panels 9,773 16.8 74,065,602 32.2 136,857 22.6 4,660,526 43.7
5191 Farm supplies 15,162 -6.1 53,749,650 30.4 131,399 6.1 3,424,760 26.6
5171 Petroleum bulk stations and terminals 8,143 -23.3 97,278,665 30.3 101,258 -10.1 2,857,021 11.8
5049 Other professional equipment and supplies 3,050 8.2 11,508,931 30.1 34,655 -1.2 1,338,471 19.9
5142 Packaged frozen foods 3,838 10.7 69,114,831 29.8 85,067 15.3 2,800,272 32.5
5087 Service establishment equipment and supplies 6,471 -7.6 11,236,148 29.6 57,723 -1.9 1,674,901 18.1
5051 Metals service centers and offices 9,487 16.8 83,124,691 29.3 143,028 27.3 5,405,023 45.9
5088 Transportation equipment and supplies, except motor vehicles 3,454 5.9 16,634,756 29.2 35,256 7.7 1,431,585 29.6
5085 Industrial supplies 17,285 6.7 73,123,745 29.0 167,327 9.6 6,334,668 31.6
5051 Metals service centers and offices 11,827 13.4 135,695,563 28.2 168,950 27.3 6,637,599 48.9
5194 Tobacco and tobacco products 1,561 -8.3 50,268,772 28.1 57,046 13.3 1,589,663 25.0
5149 Other groceries and related products 14,623 1.9 186,758,663 27.4 288,689 17.1 9,277,467 32.8
5148 Fresh fruits and vegetables 5,474 3.4 40,417,798 27.2 104,811 9.6 2,840,345 30.9
5044 Office equipment 7,319 -15.2 36,646,598 26.8 143,381 -3.8 5,421,076 14.8
5192 Books, periodicals, and newspapers 4,265 1.4 33,630,300 26.6 89,309 15.4 2,618,123 28.1
5013 Motor vehicle supplies and new parts 26,849 4.1 62,950,230 25.6 272,072 14.7 6,874,473 28.8
5145 Confectionery 2,621 -2.7 27,169,914 24.6 60,010 6.5 1,835,202 52.5
5182 Wine and distilled alcoholic beverages 1,837 -1.0 34,705,964 24.5 55,393 9.2 2,358,486 29.7
5146 Fish and seafoods 2,828 -3.3 11,998,240 24.1 26,304 -5.9 649,137 17.2
5137 Women's and children's and infants' clothing and accessories 6,781 11.3 29,520,620 24.0 67,876 10.3 2,402,560 21.8
5142 Packaged frozen foods 2,897 14.9 44,782,680 23.4 71,263 15.5 2,297,966 31.8
5145 Confectionery 1,962 -2.4 7,539,889 23.3 20,663 -0.3 523,310 17.0
5162 Plastics materials and basic forms and shapes 4,349 24.6 35,193,271 23.2 43,680 30.5 1,743,650 50.2
5153 Grain and field beans 6,434 -11.4 105,267,322 23.1 55,890 -6.0 1,620,355 14.1
5159 Other farm-product raw materials 1,282 -5.9 18,985,787 22.7 10,884 -17.1 360,528 3.0
5033 Roofing, siding, and insulation materials 3,202 12.4 17,654,506 22.4 36,436 21.2 1,326,312 43.9
5143 Dairy products, except dried or canned 2,174 -10.3 20,315,524 20.4 27,596 -4.8 849,475 9.5
5148 Fresh fruits and vegetables 6,121 2.0 46,340,833 20.3 109,771 8.3 3,021,175 27.4
5092 Toys and hobby goods and supplies 3,229 17.9 20,166,025 20.1 36,337 14.7 1,229,055 30.5
5088 Transportation equipment and supplies, except motor vehicles 4,003 3.5 23,682,313 19.2 40,905 3.7 1,723,585 25.3
5052 Coal and other minerals and ores 756 -8.0 14,798,047 18.5 5,079 -4.2 260,429 15.4
5136 Men's and boys' clothing and furnishings 5,006 8.4 33,360,264 18.5 62,253 19.9 2,166,205 41.8
5182 Wine and distilled alcoholic beverages 1,531 -2.7 24,695,186 17.9 50,411 7.5 2,021,992 24.2
5064 Electrical appliances, television and radio sets 3,895 2.9 54,683,947 16.6 50,922 -3.8 2,079,747 12.5
5047 Medical, dental, and hospital equipment and supplies 11,013 15.7 60,278,233 16.6 131,501 4.8 6,056,969 19.2
5113 Industrial and personal service paper 5,493 3.8 45,393,964 16.3 71,449 12.4 2,874,737 35.9
5111 Printing and writing paper 1,838 -9.0 20,477,795 15.4 26,584 -12.3 1,203,286 8.5
5013 Motor vehicle supplies and new parts 28,873 3.1 105,308,156 15.2 306,446 13.0 8,510,624 30.0
5146 Fish and seafoods 2,960 -4.5 13,165,780 14.7 27,402 -7.6 684,365 15.7
5159 Other farm-product raw materials 1,684 -6.0 22,375,228 14.5 13,971 -15.0 402,889 0.9
5137 Women's and children's and infants' clothing and accessories 8,217 8.4 40,603,484 14.4 76,256 5.2 2,799,463 17.4
5181 Beer and ale 2,945 -11.5 33,616,795 14.1 93,133 6.9 3,190,276 17.5
5014 Tires and tubes 4,413 6.4 22,855,877 13.7 51,776 11.7 1,571,666 24.7
5181 Beer and ale 3,013 -11.5 34,997,239 10.7 96,284 5.7 3,308,583 16.0
5141 Groceries, general-line 4,138 -8.6 146,689,286 10.6 168,190 -2.7 5,541,000 10.3
5111 Printing and writing paper 2,309 -9.8 38,397,487 10.1 33,135 -9.6 1,547,334 11.5
5012 Automobiles and other motor vehicles 6,654 -5.0 113,917,822 8.6 96,180 2.2 3,320,639 19.6
5171 Petroleum bulk stations and terminals 9,104 -24.7 181,554,365 8.3 116,215 -10.6 3,524,999 9.6
5014 Tires and tubes 4,212 9.8 12,974,399 7.3 47,155 14.7 1,354,830 26.7
5147 Meats and meat products 3,336 -7.0 28,714,449 3.1 49,083 -5.1 1,410,772 12.5
5194 Tobacco and tobacco products 1,466 -10.4 31,656,394 2.9 45,602 5.6 1,178,783 16.5
5198 Paints, varnishes, and supplies 3,079 -13.0 8,873,485 2.9 25,395 -12.0 840,199 7.5
5043 Photographic equipment and supplies 1,379 -5.6 16,679,051 0.0 21,195 -22.6 929,865 -7.0
5131 Piece goods, notions, and other dry goods 5,187 11.6 15,907,283 -1.1 45,742 11.7 1,492,601 12.6
5141 Groceries, general-line 3,390 -9.4 93,941,524 -1.9 139,593 -7.7 4,682,800 6.6
5143 Dairy products, except dried or canned 2,862 -15.3 34,594,779 -2.1 47,742 -6.3 1,637,129 11.4
5154 Livestock 1,133 -7.0 8,630,445 -2.4 7,322 -13.5 115,475 9.2
5147 Meats and meat products 3,746 -9.1 53,141,427 -3.2 53,818 -11.1 1,596,778 5.3
5131 Piece goods, notions, and other dry goods 6,225 10.4 27,532,660 -6.0 52,961 6.1 1,872,454 8.2
5094 Jewelry, watches, silverware, precious stones, and precious metals 7,183 2.8 30,824,486 -6.4 47,910 1.2 1,613,759 19.2
5094 Jewelry, watches, silverware, precious stones, and precious metals 7,689 3.6 32,398,553 -8.5 49,820 -1.3 1,702,770 16.0
5154 Livestock 2,090 -9.8 24,098,461 -8.8 27,182 -15.1 260,202 2.1
5169 Chemicals and allied products, n.e.c. 11,571 8.1 93,730,225 -9.8 122,088 7.5 5,497,665 24.0
5172 Petroleum and petroleum products, except bulk stations and terminals 3,607 -9.0 90,904,696 -20.2 35,340 -8.1 1,313,953 6.7
5172 Petroleum and petroleum products, except bulk stations and terminals 3,041 -10.0 47,064,414 -30.8 27,331 -14.8 892,220 -4.8
N=Comparable data not available D=Withheld to avoid disclosure

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Source: 1997 Economic Census, Comparative Statistics

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