Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for April 2004
June 10, 2004
April 2004 sales of merchant wholesalers, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $268.7 billion, up 0.8 percent from the revised March level, and were up 15.1 percent from the April 2003 level. The March preliminary estimate was revised upward $0.3 billion or 0.1 percent. April sales of durable goods increased 1.5 percent from last month, and were up 19.2 percent from a year ago. Compared to last month, sales of lumber and other construction materials were up 4.1 percent and sales of electrical goods increased 3.1 percent. April sales of nondurable goods increased 0.2 percent from last month, and were up 11.4 percent from last year. Sales of farm product raw materials were up 3.8 percent from last month and ...