April 2012 sales for wholesalers were $415 billion, up 1.1 percent from March and up 6.8 percent from April 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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April sales of durable goods were up 0.1 percent from last month and up 8.1 percent from a year ago. Sales of motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies were up 3.8 percent from last month. Sales of nondurable goods were up 1.9 percent from March and up 5.9 percent from last April.
Total inventories were $483.5 billion at the end of April, up 0.6 percent from March and up 8.2 percent from April 2011. April inventories of durable goods were up 1.1 percent from last month and up 11.4 percent from a year ago.
Inventories of machinery, equipment and supplies were up 2.4 percent from last month and inventories of lumber and other construction materials were up 1.9 percent. Inventories of nondurable goods were down 0.1 percent from March but were up 4 percent from last April. Inventories of paper and paper products were up 3.9 percent.
The April inventories/sales ratio for wholesalers was 1.17. The April 2011 ratio was 1.15.
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