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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, September 7, 2007 AT 10:00 A.M. EST

 

John Miller / William Abriatis                                                                                                                                                                                     CB07-126
Service Sector Statistics Division
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MONTHLY WHOLESALE TRADE: SALES AND INVENTORIES
JULY 2007

 

Sales

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that July 2007 sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $359.0 billion, up 0.8 percent (+/-0.5%) from the revised June level and were up 7.2 percent (+/-1.3%) from the July 2006 level. The June preliminary estimate was revised downward $0.7 billion or 0.2 percent. July sales of durable goods were virtually unchanged (+/-1.0%)* from last month and were up 4.3 percent (+/-2.0%) from a year ago. Compared to last month, sales of lumber and other construction materials were down 3.2 percent. July sales of nondurable goods were up 0.1 percent (+/-0.7%)* from last month and were up 10.0 percent (+/-2.0%) from last year. Sales of drugs and druggists' sundries were up 1.4 percent from last month.

Inventories

Total inventories of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations but not for price changes, were $398.8 billion at the end of July, up 0.2 percent (+/-0.3%)* from the revised June level and were up 5.5 percent (+/-1.8%) from a year ago. The June preliminary estimate was revised downward $0.6 billion or 0.2 percent. End-of-month inventories of durable goods were down 0.5 percent (+/-0.5%)* from last month and were up 2.1 percent (+/-2.3%)* from last July. Inventories of motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies were down 1.7 percent from last month and inventories of metals and minerals, except petroleum, were down 1.6 percent. End-of-month inventories of nondurable goods increased 1.5 percent (+/-0.5%) from June and were up 11.5 percent (+/-3.6%) compared to last July. Inventories of farm product raw materials were up 7.5 percent and inventories of chemicals and allied products increased 3.0 percent from last month.

Inventories/Sales Ratio

The July inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, based on seasonally adjusted data, was 1.11. The July 2006 ratio was 1.13. Data in this report are based on a sample and, therefore, are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. A discussion of the reliability of the estimates and general survey methodology may be found at http://www.census.gov/mwts/www/mwtsreliability.html.
Monthly Wholesale Inventory/Sales Ratios Monthly Wholesale Trade for August is scheduled to be released October 10, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. For information, visit the Census Bureau's Web site at <http://www.census.gov/whl>. This report is also available the day of issue through the Department of Commerce's STAT-USA (202-482-1986). * The 90 percent confidence interval includes zero. The Census Bureau does not have sufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.
TABLE 1A. ADJUSTED ESTIMATED MONTHLY SALES, INVENTORIES, AND INVENTORIES/SALES RATIOS OF MERCHANT WHOLESALERS, EXCEPT MANUFACTURERS' SALES BRANCHES AND OFFICES: 2007 AND 2006 (Total sales and inventory estimates are shown in millions of dollars. Estimates are based on data from the Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey.) 2007 2007 2006 NAICS Kind of business Jul(p) Jun(r) Jul(r) code 42 Sales, Total....................................... 359072 358788 334901 423 Durable Goods....................................... 169974 169935 163041 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... 26933 26589 26777 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 6264 6192 5661 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. 10785 11145 12276 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... 30515 30502 27463 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. 16167 16488 14242 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... 13840 13754 13565 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ 25311 25259 24524 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. 7784 7811 7748 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... 28884 28681 26706 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ 19658 20002 18321 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... 189098 188853 171860 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... 8066 8026 7886 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... 33181 32726 31614 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 10894 10881 10361 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... 42562 42845 37641 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 14947 14734 11523 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... 8364 8247 7999 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 42827 42200 38976 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... 8564 8635 7963 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... 19693 20559 17897 42 Inventories, Total.................................. 398834 397866 378041 423 Durable Goods....................................... 247493 248806 242353 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... 36564 37205 38799 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 8046 7966 7398 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. 14167 14232 15352 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... 32142 32086 29634 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. 11926 11836 10852 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... 24029 24409 22587 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ 31971 32208 31150 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. 15244 14990 14690 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... 63095 63062 60540 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ 22235 22648 22203 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... 151341 149060 135688 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... 6937 6838 6288 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... 31449 31456 30781 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 15682 15495 14655 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... 27728 27702 23751 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 17041 15847 11624 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... 9297 9023 8621 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 13815 13828 13591 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... 10487 10304 9185 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... 18905 18567 17192 42 Inventories/Sales Ratios, Total...................... 1.11 1.11 1.13 423 Durable Goods....................................... 1.46 1.46 1.49 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... 1.36 1.40 1.45 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 1.28 1.29 1.31 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. 1.31 1.28 1.25 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... 1.05 1.05 1.08 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. 0.74 0.72 0.76 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... 1.74 1.77 1.67 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ 1.26 1.28 1.27 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. 1.96 1.92 1.90 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... 2.18 2.20 2.27 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ 1.13 1.13 1.21 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... 0.80 0.79 0.79 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... 0.86 0.85 0.80 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... 0.95 0.96 0.97 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 1.44 1.42 1.41 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... 0.65 0.65 0.63 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 1.14 1.08 1.01 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... 1.11 1.09 1.08 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 0.32 0.33 0.35 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... 1.22 1.19 1.15 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... 0.96 0.90 0.96 (p) PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE. SAMPLE DESIGN AND ESTIMATION PROCEDURES CAN BE FOUND AT HTTP://WWW.CENSUS.GOV/MWTS/WWW/SAMPLEDESIGN.HTML. (r) REVISED. Note: Estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions may be found at http://www.census.gov/mwts/www/mwtsreliability.html.
TABLE 2A. PERCENT CHANGES IN SALES AND INVENTORIES OF MERCHANT WHOLESALERS, EXCEPT MANUFACTURERS' SALES BRANCHES AND OFFICES ADJUSTED(1) INVENTORIES, SALES END-OF-MONTH (AT COST) NAICS Kind of business code Jul Jun Jul Jul Jun Jul 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 from from from from from from Jun May Jul Jun May Jul 2007 2007 2006 2007 2007 2006 42 TOTAL.............................................. 0.1 0.4 7.2 0.2 0.3 5.5 423 Durable Goods....................................... 0.0 0.5 4.3 -0.5 -0.4 2.1 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... 1.3 -0.2 0.6 -1.7 1.1 -5.8 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 1.2 -3.1 10.7 1.0 1.1 8.8 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. -3.2 0.1 -12.1 -0.5 -0.5 -7.7 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... 0.0 2.7 11.1 0.2 0.0 8.5 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. -1.9 4.7 13.5 0.8 -0.7 9.9 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... 0.6 -2.0 2.0 -1.6 -0.9 6.4 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ 0.2 1.0 3.2 -0.7 -0.9 2.6 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. -0.3 1.9 0.5 1.7 -0.6 3.8 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... 0.7 0.8 8.2 0.1 -0.7 4.2 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ -1.7 -0.5 7.3 -1.8 -1.4 0.1 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... 0.1 0.3 10.0 1.5 1.5 11.5 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... 0.5 -0.3 2.3 1.4 2.4 10.3 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... 1.4 -0.2 5.0 0.0 -1.3 2.2 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 0.1 1.2 5.1 1.2 3.4 7.0 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... -0.7 0.0 13.1 0.1 1.2 16.7 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 1.4 -0.1 29.7 7.5 7.1 46.6 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... 1.4 -2.3 4.6 3.0 1.7 7.8 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 1.5 0.3 9.9 -0.1 2.1 1.6 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... -0.8 1.5 7.5 1.8 1.7 14.2 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... -4.2 2.9 10.0 1.8 -0.3 10.0 (1) ADJUSTED FOR SEASONAL VARIATIONS AND, IN THE CASE OF SALES, ALSO TRADING-DAY DIFFERENCES.
TABLE 1B. UNADJUSTED ESTIMATED MONTHLY SALES, INVENTORIES, AND INVENTORIES/SALES RATIOS OF MERCHANT WHOLESALERS, EXCEPT MANUFACTURERS' SALES BRANCHES AND OFFICES: 2007 AND 2006 (Total sales and inventory estimates are shown in millions of dollars. Estimates are based on data from the Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey.) 2007 2007 2006 2007 2006 NAICS Kind of business Jul(p) Jun(r) Jul(r) CUM CUM code 42 Sales, Total....................................... 355146 366746 321767 2443047 2258328 423 Durable Goods....................................... 166813 176208 155348 1169601 1106536 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... 26340 27068 25358 190011 184625 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 6189 6192 5440 42396 37809 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. 11270 11992 12386 77286 89462 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... 28959 32210 25541 201289 184795 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. 15262 18054 13245 105370 94829 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... 13895 14345 13104 98832 90419 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ 24830 25638 23445 173517 161033 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. 7986 8467 7616 54099 53753 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... 28826 29914 25584 198515 184892 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ 18518 20382 16874 133656 119748 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... 188333 190538 166419 1273446 1151792 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... 7800 8050 7373 55685 53967 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... 32119 32301 29369 226447 213819 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 11090 10881 10185 72936 68359 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... 42434 43231 37152 295341 258663 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 13587 13511 9921 95502 73211 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... 8314 8527 7735 58541 53906 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 45011 43382 39522 276258 251390 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... 8521 9438 7605 56507 52656 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... 19457 21217 17557 136229 125821 42 Inventories, Total.................................. 397207 395584 377275 423 Durable Goods....................................... 249692 249793 244549 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... 36527 37131 38799 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 8247 7998 7568 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. 14379 14659 15582 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... 32399 31669 29901 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. 12021 11611 10961 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... 24101 24433 22632 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ 32738 32240 31898 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. 15396 15140 14822 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... 63915 64260 61388 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ 21990 22263 21959 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... 147515 145791 132726 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... 6972 6817 6307 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... 30851 31771 30227 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 16403 15588 15314 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... 27090 27286 23205 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 14042 13232 9520 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... 9334 9086 8664 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 14257 13856 13876 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... 10644 10386 9332 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... 17922 17769 16281 42 Inventories/Sales Ratios, Total...................... 1.12 1.08 1.17 423 Durable Goods....................................... 1.50 1.42 1.57 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... 1.39 1.37 1.53 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 1.33 1.29 1.39 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. 1.28 1.22 1.26 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... 1.12 0.98 1.17 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. 0.79 0.64 0.83 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... 1.73 1.70 1.73 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ 1.32 1.26 1.36 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. 1.93 1.79 1.95 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... 2.22 2.15 2.40 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ 1.19 1.09 1.30 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... 0.78 0.77 0.80 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... 0.89 0.85 0.86 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... 0.96 0.98 1.03 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 1.48 1.43 1.50 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... 0.64 0.63 0.62 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 1.03 0.98 0.96 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... 1.12 1.07 1.12 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 0.32 0.32 0.35 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... 1.25 1.10 1.23 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... 0.92 0.84 0.93 (p) PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE. SAMPLE DESIGN AND ESTIMATION PROCEDURES CAN BE FOUND AT HTTP://WWW.CENSUS.GOV/MWTS/WWW/SAMPLEDESIGN.HTML. (r) REVISED. Note: Estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions may be found at http://www.census.gov/mwts/www/mwtsreliability.html.

TABLE 2B. PERCENT CHANGES IN SALES AND INVENTORIES OF MERCHANT WHOLESALERS, EXCEPT MANUFACTURERS' SALES BRANCHES AND OFFICES UNADJUSTED INVENTORIES, SALES END-OF-MONTH (AT COST) NAICS Kind of business code 07 Months Jul Jun Jul 2007 Jul Jun Jul 2007 2007 2007 from 2007 2007 2007 from from from 07 from from from Jun May Jul Months Jun May Jul 2007 2007 2006 2006 2007 2007 2006 42 TOTAL.............................................. -3.2 -1.8 10.4 8.2 0.4 0.9 5.3 423 Durable Goods....................................... -5.3 0.9 7.4 5.7 0.0 0.0 2.1 4231 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies..... -2.7 -1.0 3.9 2.9 -1.6 1.9 -5.9 4232 Furniture and Home Furnishings......................... 0.0 -5.7 13.8 12.1 3.1 2.0 9.0 4233 Lumber & Other Construction Materials.................. -6.0 -1.7 -9.0 -13.6 -1.9 -0.8 -7.7 4234 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies..... -10.1 10.9 13.4 8.9 2.3 0.4 8.4 42343 Computer & Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software. -15.5 20.6 15.2 11.1 3.5 9.7 4235 Metals and Minerals, ex. Petroleum..................... -3.1 -5.0 6.0 9.3 -1.4 -0.6 6.5 4236 Electrical and Electronic Goods........................ -3.2 2.2 5.9 7.8 1.5 -1.0 2.6 4237 Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies.. -5.7 4.5 4.9 0.6 1.7 -1.3 3.9 4238 Machinery, Equipment and Supplies...................... -3.6 -0.9 12.7 7.4 -0.5 0.4 4.1 4239 Miscellaneous Durable Goods............................ -9.1 -3.5 9.7 11.6 -1.2 -2.0 0.1 424 Nondurable Goods..................................... -1.2 -4.1 13.2 10.6 1.2 2.5 11.1 4241 Paper and Paper Products............................... -3.1 -2.9 5.8 3.2 2.3 2.4 10.5 4242 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries.......................... -0.6 -4.4 9.4 5.9 -2.9 2.7 2.1 4243 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions...................... 1.9 7.4 8.9 6.7 5.2 8.3 7.1 4244 Grocery and Related Products........................... -1.8 -4.6 14.2 14.2 -0.7 1.3 16.7 4245 Farm Product Raw Materials............................. 0.6 -9.9 37.0 30.4 6.1 0.9 47.5 4246 Chemicals and Allied Products.......................... -2.5 -3.3 7.5 8.6 2.7 1.8 7.7 4247 Petroleum and Petroleum Products....................... 3.8 -3.4 13.9 9.9 2.9 7.5 2.7 4248 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.......... -9.7 -0.9 12.0 7.3 2.5 2.4 14.1 4249 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods......................... -8.3 -7.6 10.8 8.3 0.9 -3.0 10.1

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