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

 
Wholesale Trade by Major Group (2-digit SIC)
Includes only establishments with payroll. Data are in current dollars and have not been adjusted for inflation. Detail may not add to total because of rounding. Introductory text includes scope and methodology.
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SIC 1987 SIC Description Establishments Sales
($1,000)
Paid employees Annual payroll
($1,000)
1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg
  Wholesale trade 521,127 495,457 5.2 4,235,400,325 3,238,520,447 30.8 6,509,333 5,791,264 12.4 234,516,934 173,272,138 35.3
50 Wholesale trade - durable goods 337,277 313,464 7.6 2,299,493,803 1,593,873,892 44.3 3,887,371 3,349,064 16.1 147,737,342 105,155,015 40.5
51 Wholesale trade - nondurable goods 183,850 181,993 1.0 1,935,906,522 1,644,646,555 17.7 2,621,962 2,442,200 7.4 86,779,592 68,117,123 27.4
N=Comparable data not available D=Withheld to avoid disclosure

 

 

Wholesale Trade by Industry (4-digit SIC)
Includes only establishments with payroll. Data are in current dollars and have not been adjusted for inflation. Detail may not add to total because of rounding. 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 fewer columns.

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SIC 1987 SIC Description Establishments Sales
($1,000)
Paid employees Annual payroll
($1,000)
1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg
    Wholesale trade 521,127 495,457 5.2 4,235,400,325 3,238,520,447 30.8 6,509,333 5,791,264 12.4 234,516,934 173,272,138 35.3
  50 Wholesale trade - durable goods 337,277 313,464 7.6 2,299,493,803 1,593,873,892 44.3 3,887,371 3,349,064 16.1 147,737,342 105,155,015 40.5
  501 Motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts and supplies 48,055 47,274 1.7 561,792,495 394,104,350 42.5 554,976 488,602 13.6 15,692,967 12,064,779 30.1
Not Comparable 5012 Automobiles and other motor vehicles 7,664 7,899 -3.0 428,356,355 278,912,873 53.6 150,947 130,098 16.0 4,638,901 3,519,906 31.8
Not Comparable 5013 Motor vehicle supplies and new parts 28,873 28,002 3.1 105,308,156 91,378,524 15.2 306,446 271,270 13.0 8,510,624 6,545,480 30.0
Not Comparable 5014 Tires and tubes 4,413 4,146 6.4 22,855,877 20,093,635 13.7 51,776 46,341 11.7 1,571,666 1,260,214 24.7
Not Comparable 5015 Motor vehicle parts, used 7,105 7,227 -1.7 5,272,107 3,719,318 41.7 45,807 40,893 12.0 971,776 739,179 31.5
  502 Furniture and home furnishings 18,603 16,457 13.0 82,707,554 58,926,568 40.4 191,703 161,460 18.7 6,431,522 4,612,330 39.4
Not Comparable 5021 Furniture 7,924 7,342 7.9 34,926,416 23,025,015 51.7 79,783 69,186 15.3 2,859,398 1,985,590 44.0
Not Comparable 5023 Home furnishings 10,679 9,115 17.2 47,781,138 35,901,553 33.1 111,920 92,274 21.3 3,572,124 2,626,740 36.0
  503 Lumber and other construction materials 22,427 19,546 14.7 118,764,214 89,764,124 32.3 258,227 210,726 22.5 8,669,637 6,059,907 43.1
Not Comparable 5031 Lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panels 9,773 8,364 16.8 74,065,602 56,004,376 32.2 136,857 111,626 22.6 4,660,526 3,242,330 43.7
Not Comparable 5032 Brick, stone, and related construction materials 4,546 4,285 6.1 14,366,477 10,117,659 42.0 39,041 32,062 21.8 1,261,869 924,782 36.5
Not Comparable 5033 Roofing, siding, and insulation materials 3,202 2,848 12.4 17,654,506 14,426,081 22.4 36,436 30,060 21.2 1,326,312 921,861 43.9
Not Comparable 5039 Other construction materials 4,906 4,049 21.2 12,677,629 9,216,008 37.6 45,893 36,978 24.1 1,420,930 970,934 46.3
  504 Professional and commercial equipment and supplies 49,675 46,792 6.2 387,497,154 262,974,455 47.4 759,613 685,092 10.9 34,778,167 26,380,131 31.8
Not Comparable 5043 Photographic equipment and supplies 1,379 1,461 -5.6 16,679,051 16,671,917 0.0 21,195 27,372 -22.6 929,865 999,597 -7.0
Not Comparable 5044 Office equipment 7,319 8,631 -15.2 36,646,598 28,903,843 26.8 143,381 148,991 -3.8 5,421,076 4,721,357 14.8
Not Comparable 5045 Computers and computer peripheral equipment and supplies 19,753 17,578 12.4 239,604,341 140,721,448 70.3 348,435 279,686 24.6 18,409,294 12,597,329 46.1
Not Comparable 5046 Other commercial equipment 5,380 4,998 7.6 15,914,735 11,203,113 42.1 52,186 42,924 21.6 1,754,684 1,207,906 45.3
Not Comparable 5047 Medical, dental, and hospital equipment and supplies 11,013 9,521 15.7 60,278,233 51,715,199 16.6 131,501 125,470 4.8 6,056,969 5,083,316 19.2
Not Comparable 5048 Ophthalmic goods 1,781 1,783 -0.1 6,865,265 4,909,583 39.8 28,260 25,561 10.6 867,808 654,390 32.6
Not Comparable 5049 Other professional equipment and supplies 3,050 2,820 8.2 11,508,931 8,849,352 30.1 34,655 35,088 -1.2 1,338,471 1,116,236 19.9
  505 Metals and minerals, except petroleum 12,583 11,248 11.9 150,493,610 118,321,902 27.2 174,029 138,042 26.1 6,898,028 4,683,713 47.3
Not Comparable 5051 Metals service centers and offices 11,827 10,426 13.4 135,695,563 105,833,987 28.2 168,950 132,741 27.3 6,637,599 4,458,116 48.9
Not Comparable 5052 Coal and other minerals and ores 756 822 -8.0 14,798,047 12,487,915 18.5 5,079 5,301 -4.2 260,429 225,597 15.4
  506 Electrical goods 44,295 39,303 12.7 381,044,602 227,784,486 67.3 547,776 435,700 25.7 25,011,949 15,069,925 66.0
Not Comparable 5063 Electrical apparatus and equipment, wiring supplies, and construction materials 19,492 18,511 5.3 109,213,733 75,490,142 44.7 216,595 190,258 13.8 8,515,619 r 39.7
Not Comparable 5064 Electrical appliances, television and radio sets 3,895 3,785 2.9 54,683,947 46,880,306 16.6 50,922 52,910 -3.8 2,079,747 1,849,372 12.5
Not Comparable 5065 Other electronic parts and equipment 20,908 17,007 22.9 217,146,922 105,414,038 106.0 280,259 192,532 45.6 14,416,583 r 102.4
  507 Hardware and plumbing and heating equipment and supplies 26,926 24,674 9.1 109,016,098 76,088,078 43.3 279,585 241,043 16.0 9,935,530 7,105,756 39.8
Not Comparable 5072 Hardware 9,473 8,407 12.7 44,063,674 30,104,219 46.4 110,963 96,938 14.5 3,865,008 2,788,757 38.6
Not Comparable 5074 Plumbing and heating equipment and supplies 10,357 9,326 11.1 39,754,443 27,893,346 42.5 104,239 87,048 19.7 3,539,788 2,488,691 42.2
Not Comparable 5075 Warm air heating and air-conditioning equipment and supplies 5,524 5,486 0.7 20,062,710 14,620,789 37.2 51,252 45,129 13.6 2,013,489 1,461,380 37.8
Not Comparable 5078 Refrigeration equipment and supplies 1,572 1,455 8.0 5,135,271 3,469,724 48.0 13,131 11,928 10.1 517,245 366,928 41.0
  508 Machinery, equipment, and supplies 77,587 73,865 5.0 330,544,034 230,003,975 43.7 780,186 689,680 13.1 29,599,541 21,266,729 39.2
Not Comparable 5082 Construction and mining (except petroleum) machinery and equipment 5,321 5,157 3.2 44,725,989 26,120,154 71.2 87,611 73,518 19.2 3,604,644 2,388,663 50.9
Not Comparable 5083 Farm and garden machinery and equipment 10,488 10,742 -2.4 41,097,431 29,498,767 39.3 107,690 102,068 5.5 3,029,371 2,363,322 28.2
Not Comparable 5084 Industrial machinery and equipment 33,444 30,322 10.3 131,684,528 86,649,236 52.0 315,416 259,024 21.8 13,073,826 8,772,569 49.0
Not Comparable 5085 Industrial supplies 17,285 16,199 6.7 73,123,745 56,684,330 29.0 167,327 152,661 9.6 6,334,668 4,814,164 31.6
Not Comparable 5087 Service establishment equipment and supplies 7,046 7,579 -7.0 16,230,028 11,177,827 45.2 61,237 62,965 -2.7 1,833,447 1,552,156 18.1
Not Comparable 5088 Transportation equipment and supplies, except motor vehicles 4,003 3,866 3.5 23,682,313 19,873,661 19.2 40,905 39,444 3.7 1,723,585 1,375,855 25.3
  509 Miscellaneous durable goods 37,126 34,305 8.2 177,634,042 135,905,954 30.7 341,276 298,719 14.2 10,720,001 7,911,745 35.5
Not Comparable 5091 Sporting and recreational goods and supplies 6,080 5,530 9.9 28,233,685 21,084,805 33.9 59,861 52,269 14.5 1,897,111 1,405,111 35.0
Not Comparable 5092 Toys and hobby goods and supplies 3,229 2,738 17.9 20,166,025 16,792,179 20.1 36,337 31,685 14.7 1,229,055 941,861 30.5
Not Comparable 5093 Recyclable materials 9,088 8,928 1.8 38,748,659 24,461,997 58.4 114,992 98,005 17.3 3,229,092 2,269,134 42.3
Not Comparable 5094 Jewelry, watches, silverware, precious stones, and precious metals 7,689 7,421 3.6 32,398,553 35,405,983 -8.5 49,820 50,452 -1.3 1,702,770 1,467,691 16.0
Not Comparable 5099 Durable goods, n.e.c. 11,040 9,688 14.0 58,087,120 38,160,990 52.2 80,266 66,308 21.1 2,661,973 1,827,948 45.6
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SIC 1987 SIC Description Establishments Sales
($1,000)
Paid employees Annual payroll
($1,000)
1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg 1997 1992 % chg
  51 Wholesale trade - nondurable goods 183,850 181,993 1.0 1,935,906,522 1,644,646,555 17.7 2,621,962 2,442,200 7.4 86,779,592 68,117,123 27.4
  511 Paper and paper products 19,744 19,661 0.4 134,224,675 106,580,435 25.9 296,912 269,038 10.4 9,151,004 6,938,649 31.9
Not Comparable 5111 Printing and writing paper 2,309 2,561 -9.8 38,397,487 34,887,754 10.1 33,135 36,646 -9.6 1,547,334 1,387,339 11.5
Not Comparable 5112 Stationery and office supplies 11,942 11,807 1.1 50,433,224 32,661,393 54.4 192,328 168,825 13.9 4,728,933 3,435,849 37.6
Not Comparable 5113 Industrial and personal service paper 5,493 5,293 3.8 45,393,964 39,031,288 16.3 71,449 63,567 12.4 2,874,737 2,115,461 35.9
  512 Drugs, drug proprietaries, and druggists' sundries 8,053 6,069 32.7 203,147,771 129,306,287 57.1 190,127 157,855 20.4 8,394,864 5,367,953 56.4
Not Comparable 5122 Drugs, drug proprietaries, and druggists' sundries 8,053 6,069 32.7 203,147,771 129,306,287 57.1 190,127 157,855 20.4 8,394,864 5,367,953 56.4
  513 Apparel, piece goods, and notions 21,266 19,553 8.8 125,860,153 109,202,949 15.3 215,100 196,149 9.7 8,020,588 6,521,734 23.0
Not Comparable 5131 Piece goods, notions, and other dry goods 6,225 5,640 10.4 27,532,660 29,291,930 -6.0 52,961 49,930 6.1 1,872,454 1,729,833 8.2
Not Comparable 5136 Men's and boys' clothing and furnishings 5,006 4,620 8.4 33,360,264 28,162,713 18.5 62,253 51,908 19.9 2,166,205 1,527,152 41.8
Not Comparable 5137 Women's and children's and infants' clothing and accessories 8,217 7,581 8.4 40,603,484 35,495,901 14.4 76,256 72,485 5.2 2,799,463 2,384,546 17.4
Not Comparable 5139 Footwear 1,818 1,712 6.2 24,363,745 16,252,405 49.9 23,630 21,826 8.3 1,182,466 880,203 34.3
  514 Groceries and related products 41,949 42,874 -2.2 590,785,074 504,566,789 17.1 858,481 811,902 5.7 26,883,955 21,722,789 23.8
Not Comparable 5141 Groceries, general-line 4,138 4,528 -8.6 146,689,286 132,602,589 10.6 168,190 172,827 -2.7 5,541,000 5,025,821 10.3
Not Comparable 5142 Packaged frozen foods 3,838 3,468 10.7 69,114,831 53,256,028 29.8 85,067 73,755 15.3 2,800,272 2,113,878 32.5
Not Comparable 5143 Dairy products, except dried or canned 2,862 3,378 -15.3 34,594,779 35,324,092 -2.1 47,742 50,975 -6.3 1,637,129 1,469,857 11.4
Not Comparable 5144 Poultry and poultry products 1,040 1,224 -15.0 13,809,561 10,118,173 36.5 17,792 19,916 -10.7 490,567 444,295 10.4
Not Comparable 5145 Confectionery 2,621 2,693 -2.7 27,169,914 21,805,401 24.6 60,010 56,322 6.5 1,835,202 1,203,452 52.5
Not Comparable 5146 Fish and seafoods 2,960 3,100 -4.5 13,165,780 11,481,166 14.7 27,402 29,651 -7.6 684,365 591,323 15.7
Not Comparable 5147 Meats and meat products 3,746 4,123 -9.1 53,141,427 54,871,104 -3.2 53,818 60,537 -11.1 1,596,778 1,516,548 5.3
Not Comparable 5148 Fresh fruits and vegetables 6,121 6,003 2.0 46,340,833 38,512,291 20.3 109,771 101,372 8.3 3,021,175 2,372,108 27.4
Not Comparable 5149 Other groceries and related products 14,623 14,357 1.9 186,758,663 146,595,945 27.4 288,689 246,547 17.1 9,277,467 6,985,507 32.8
  515 Farm-product raw materials 10,343 11,551 -10.5 166,786,245 136,869,416 21.9 97,521 108,710 -10.3 2,306,012 2,100,377 9.8
Not Comparable 5153 Grain and field beans 6,569 7,444 -11.8 120,312,556 90,903,606 32.4 56,368 60,243 -6.4 1,642,921 1,446,230 13.6
Not Comparable 5154 Livestock 2,090 2,316 -9.8 24,098,461 26,425,311 -8.8 27,182 32,034 -15.1 260,202 254,795 2.1
Not Comparable 5159 Other farm-product raw materials 1,684 1,791 -6.0 22,375,228 19,540,499 14.5 13,971 16,433 -15.0 402,889 399,352 0.9
  516 Chemicals and allied products 15,920 14,193 12.2 128,923,496 132,471,184 -2.7 165,768 147,010 12.8 7,241,315 5,595,655 29.4
Not Comparable 5162 Plastics materials and basic forms and shapes 4,349 3,490 24.6 35,193,271 28,573,815 23.2 43,680 33,459 30.5 1,743,650 1,160,933 50.2
Not Comparable 5169 Chemicals and allied products, n.e.c. 11,571 10,703 8.1 93,730,225 103,897,369 -9.8 122,088 113,551 7.5 5,497,665 4,434,722 24.0
  517 Petroleum and petroleum products 12,711 16,061 -20.9 272,459,061 281,585,140 -3.2 151,555 168,519 -10.1 4,838,952 4,446,653 8.8
Not Comparable 5171 Petroleum bulk stations and terminals 9,104 12,098 -24.7 181,554,365 167,696,078 8.3 116,215 130,047 -10.6 3,524,999 3,215,097 9.6
Not Comparable 5172 Petroleum and petroleum products, except bulk stations and terminals 3,607 3,963 -9.0 90,904,696 113,889,062 -20.2 35,340 38,472 -8.1 1,313,953 1,231,556 6.7
  518 Beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverages 4,850 5,259 -7.8 69,703,203 59,487,322 17.2 151,677 141,821 6.9 5,667,069 4,669,607 21.4
Not Comparable 5181 Beer and ale 3,013 3,403 -11.5 34,997,239 31,603,229 10.7 96,284 91,086 5.7 3,308,583 2,851,830 16.0
Not Comparable 5182 Wine and distilled alcoholic beverages 1,837 1,856 -1.0 34,705,964 27,884,093 24.5 55,393 50,735 9.2 2,358,486 1,817,777 29.7
  519 Miscellaneous nondurable goods 49,014 46,772 4.8 244,016,844 184,577,033 32.2 494,821 441,196 12.2 14,275,833 10,753,706 32.8
Not Comparable 5191 Farm supplies 16,103 17,469 -7.8 74,776,800 54,351,143 37.6 146,676 137,387 6.8 4,220,725 3,101,973 36.1
Not Comparable 5192 Books, periodicals, and newspapers 4,265 4,205 1.4 33,630,300 26,568,841 26.6 89,309 77,392 15.4 2,618,123 2,044,218 28.1
Not Comparable 5193 Flowers, nursery stock, and florists' supplies 4,762 4,322 10.2 9,048,364 6,827,063 32.5 53,918 46,096 17.0 1,216,044 908,261 33.9
Not Comparable 5194 Tobacco and tobacco products 1,561 1,702 -8.3 50,268,772 39,239,377 28.1 57,046 50,345 13.3 1,589,663 1,272,239 25.0
Not Comparable 5198 Paints, varnishes, and supplies 3,079 3,539 -13.0 8,873,485 8,621,040 2.9 25,395 28,862 -12.0 840,199 781,604 7.5
Not Comparable 5199 Other miscellaneous nondurable goods 19,244 15,535 23.9 67,419,123 48,969,569 37.7 122,477 101,114 21.1 3,791,079 2,645,411 43.3
N=Comparable data not available D=Withheld to avoid disclosure

Comparability between SIC and NAICS   Bridge symbols indicate the comparability of SIC and NAICS categories, and link to detail in the Bridge Between NAICS and SIC.
(Bridge complete.) Comparable SIC derivable from NAICS data.
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- Source: 1997 Economic Census, Comparative Statistics   - Questions?
Last revised: July 13, 2011