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October 9, 2019

For the Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates and will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.

Inventories estimates released as part of the Advance Economic Indicators Report are not included in the time series. For the latest advance estimates, go to the Advance Economic Indicators Report website.

For information on the reliability and use of the data, including important notes on estimation and sampling variance, seasonal adjustment, measures of sampling variability, and other information pertinent to this economic indicator, go to the Monthly Wholesale Trade Report [PDF], or refer to the Monthly Wholesale Trade website, which provides a link to more historical data for these reports.

Estimated measures of sampling variability for totals are expressed as coefficients of variation (CV). Standard errors (SE) are provided for month-to-month change and ratio estimates.

Estimated measures of sampling variability are based on data not adjusted for seasonal variation, and should be used when drawing inferences about both adjusted and not adjusted estimates.

The Y-axis for the line charts may be truncated to prevent flattening of the lines or to present the complete range of data.

Source: Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories (Definitions)
42: Total Merchant Wholesalers, Except Manufacturers' Sales Branches and Offices: U.S. Total — Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 142,980 144,206 145,306 145,381 144,000 145,989 148,808 147,427 149,251 149,276 149,801 148,469
1993 153,497 152,528 149,841 153,239 156,085 152,751 154,732 154,879 155,380 155,866 156,094 152,929
1994 156,983 157,654 160,546 160,114 161,206 162,652 164,247 168,414 168,187 171,258 171,528 174,127
1995 175,771 177,369 175,256 178,210 178,565 180,181 180,081 181,324 182,123 182,966 184,854 186,968
1996 184,352 185,286 187,580 187,462 188,032 189,016 190,819 191,939 191,679 193,329 194,369 192,137
1997 194,379 199,102 197,622 196,608 197,677 197,465 197,978 197,328 200,474 199,698 199,693 199,039
1998 201,068 200,976 202,223 202,434 202,077 200,992 202,201 200,940 202,070 203,185 203,149 204,997
1999 204,181 206,856 209,359 210,145 214,770 216,526 217,499 218,978 220,899 223,817 226,182 227,783
2000 229,894 228,883 231,906 232,971 233,622 236,402 235,378 235,215 237,498 238,481 237,251 239,613
2001 239,255 237,781 233,603 233,352 234,143 229,955 231,346 232,379 231,493 227,749 227,826 227,036
2002 228,647 230,432 229,851 234,124 235,481 236,773 238,061 240,158 240,070 238,912 242,479 239,511
2003 244,524 244,835 246,870 242,543 241,416 245,465 247,901 247,738 249,360 253,729 255,060 257,983
2004 258,202 264,437 272,639 272,877 274,203 274,798 276,022 279,496 280,106 283,793 287,485 291,522
2005 293,241 294,847 294,069 298,300 297,004 297,493 301,794 306,624 311,945 317,361 313,177 317,726
2006 319,673 321,646 322,013 324,313 328,984 330,765 332,296 335,469 331,162 329,777 330,669 339,191
2007 334,342 339,198 342,439 348,345 350,481 351,693 349,500 352,921 356,044 361,818 368,473 365,878
2008 375,040 375,161 378,478 385,834 392,472 402,175 399,438 392,769 383,607 365,472 333,640 322,519
2009 312,267 316,213 304,566 306,462 310,018 313,818 318,093 321,582 323,545 327,352 336,025 338,696
2010 342,679 347,568 352,833 358,553 356,441 356,588 360,536 363,690 363,079 373,448 377,623 379,938
2011 395,199 391,409 401,601 407,133 402,791 405,324 409,104 414,814 412,246 416,797 414,294 420,636
2012 426,947 431,035 432,859 439,320 431,503 426,292 426,152 430,624 437,978 433,846 441,501 440,943
2013 443,718 448,607 442,259 439,349 446,065 444,238 442,798 446,976 448,008 451,455 455,520 456,676
2014 452,006 454,260 463,128 466,161 467,817 466,587 469,549 467,804 466,888 463,909 462,340 456,279
2015 444,727 438,613 438,588 444,065 444,606 445,881 445,188 440,141 440,299 440,257 434,345 429,277
2016 425,216 421,745 427,311 429,169 429,343 437,388 435,777 438,035 437,045 441,182 442,646 452,395
2017 456,773 458,056 458,530 457,328 452,124 456,084 456,796 463,017 468,025 472,279 480,951 488,119
2018 481,495 485,732 488,298 489,732 501,595 499,388 499,489 502,373 500,571 499,205 495,399 491,945
2019 494,587 496,126 505,145 502,929 499,822 498,133 499,050 499,053 NA NA NA NA
Source: Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories (Definitions)
42: Total Merchant Wholesalers, Except Manufacturers' Sales Branches and Offices: U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 138,830 132,921 150,672 146,927 141,749 150,869 150,768 147,079 152,030 158,307 145,676 151,302
1993 140,824 138,267 159,749 154,677 153,693 158,043 152,798 159,014 158,768 160,576 156,357 155,449
1994 143,826 143,069 171,413 157,193 163,090 168,454 157,254 177,898 172,066 176,341 171,870 172,425
1995 165,397 161,211 186,778 170,025 185,818 186,564 172,384 191,076 181,621 193,246 184,672 180,188
1996 178,477 176,150 189,303 189,906 195,454 185,356 193,212 196,149 190,873 209,454 189,016 190,993
1997 186,983 181,571 200,205 198,723 200,357 199,810 200,632 195,457 206,341 215,636 188,397 203,733
1998 187,750 183,337 211,184 204,583 198,874 210,701 204,982 199,128 207,425 212,915 196,656 209,585
1999 184,434 188,602 225,471 212,372 211,738 226,910 215,120 223,078 226,580 226,868 225,903 232,083
2000 208,053 218,632 248,659 222,637 243,460 247,509 226,260 246,918 236,862 248,451 236,370 230,743
2001 229,917 217,231 245,078 229,085 244,303 234,330 228,826 242,911 223,722 243,615 227,250 218,884
2002 220,173 210,596 234,089 237,757 244,150 234,015 241,943 245,497 237,792 255,957 235,200 238,359
2003 235,203 223,951 251,650 246,510 244,275 248,528 252,280 245,663 255,324 270,911 240,507 263,480
2004 242,664 244,547 293,916 277,963 269,321 287,297 273,064 285,655 286,115 287,056 286,871 295,542
2005 266,882 267,830 316,292 296,040 300,524 311,842 289,919 322,704 319,981 321,283 311,440 313,759
2006 299,076 290,574 344,649 312,685 342,560 347,750 320,414 354,860 330,558 344,117 329,163 324,851
2007 321,055 305,197 356,519 344,037 366,773 360,350 347,436 372,162 345,821 386,978 366,746 350,399
2008 362,186 350,169 381,146 393,545 400,663 412,016 409,811 392,732 392,838 389,350 313,162 326,739
2009 293,070 283,241 316,842 312,102 307,194 331,015 324,202 320,167 331,566 340,511 325,114 344,354
2010 313,005 311,426 377,639 365,877 354,645 375,060 358,587 371,804 370,916 376,257 376,995 385,148
2011 362,401 351,152 431,876 405,222 413,021 424,308 393,681 434,066 419,572 419,515 412,822 417,440
2012 402,004 402,802 452,880 437,590 456,238 433,445 421,555 449,435 420,909 461,882 442,036 427,247
2013 429,034 401,817 446,077 451,187 469,705 440,298 449,717 455,313 441,712 483,648 443,654 458,388
2014 433,383 406,663 465,780 475,942 480,680 474,464 479,003 463,483 475,654 496,486 439,668 472,974
2015 413,973 391,355 451,779 452,140 442,123 468,527 451,454 434,373 451,506 461,893 424,472 448,841
2016 382,121 391,226 451,567 424,345 438,996 460,282 416,995 457,959 448,571 450,006 446,566 459,851
2017 422,331 406,908 481,453 438,347 475,246 480,099 437,699 486,731 467,501 495,938 484,580 481,065
2018 457,074 431,140 500,911 480,831 529,591 510,173 491,711 525,757 487,449 537,910 498,433 485,980
2019 470,437 438,319 503,671 508,917 525,676 495,552 504,964 509,581 NA NA NA NA
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: October 11, 2019