Notice of Correction: We identified two errors in the annual wholesale estimates that were originally released on February 28, 2013. Corrected tables were uploaded to our website on Thursday, May 23 at approximately 7:00 AM. Below is a summary of the errors that describes the industry levels and data items that were affected.
For the years 2003 through 2009, the sales estimates for the NAICS 424 (total non-durable wholesale) subsector were not equal to the sum of the 4-digit NAICS industry levels that comprise NAICS 424. Note that all detail industry levels were correct as well as the aggregate levels NAICS 42 (total wholesale) and NAICS 423 (total durable wholesale) in those years. Items which are derived from the sales series (including gross margin, gross margin as percent of sales and operating expenses as percent of sales) were also incorrect at the NAICS 424 level for the same time period.
For the year 2002 only, estimates for the NAICS 4246 (chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers) for U.S. manufacturers' sales branches and offices were incorrect. This also affected the aggregate estimates for NAICS 424 (total non-durable wholesale) and NAICS 42 (total wholesale) for U.S. manufacturers' sales branches and offices in the year 2002 only. Items which were affected included sales, inventories, purchases, operating expenses and gross margins. All tables that included estimates for U.S. manufacturers' sales branches and offices in 2002 were affected. Tables that exclude U.S. manufacturers' sales branches and offices were unaffected by this change.
Data for electronic markets, agents, brokers, and commission merchants were unaffected.
No sampling variability estimates were affected by these errors.
For any questions, please call (301) 763-2703.
The 2011 Annual Wholesale Trade Report summary of changes PDF [73KB] provides comparability with previous surveys.
Sales and Inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers (Revised) Excel [40kb]
Sales and Inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, except MSBOs (Revised) Excel [43kb]
Sales and Inventories of MSBOs1 (Revised) Excel [35kb]
Purchases and Gross Margins of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, except MSBOs1 (Revised) Excel [44kb]
Total Operating Expenses of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers (Revised) Excel [58kb]
For 2007 Detailed Operating Expenses, last revised on 2/28/2011, visit
Sales, Commissions and Operating Expenses of AGBRs2Excel [34kb]
Inventories Held Outside of the U.S. by U.S. Merchant Wholesalers Excel [71kb]
For estimates of e-commerce sales, please see our most recent E-Stats report.
Sampling Variability Tables:
Sampling Variability for Sales and Inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers Excel [42kb]
Sampling Variability for Sales and Inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, except MSBOs1Excel [48kb]
Sampling Variability for Sales and Inventories of MSBOs1Excel [43kb]
Sampling Variability for Purchases and Gross Margins of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, except MSBOs1Excel [55kb]
Sampling Variability for Total Operating Expenses of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers Excel [56kb]
For Sampling Variability of 2007 Detailed Operating Expenses, last revised on 2/28/2011, visit
Sampling Variability for Sales and Commissions for AGBRs2Excel [36kb]
Sampling Variability for Inventories Held Outside of the U.S. by U.S. Merchant Wholesalers Excel [75kb]
1 Manufacturers' Sales Branches and Offices 2 Agents, Brokers, and Electronic Markets
Estimates from the 2012 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS) are scheduled for release on February 28, 2014. For further information, call us at (301) 763-2703.
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