Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for May 2004
July 25, 2004
May 2004 sales of merchant wholesalers, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $270.4 billion, up 0.5 percent from the revised April level, and were up 16.1 percent from the May 2003 level. The April preliminary estimate was revised upward $0.3 billion or 0.1 percent. May sales of durable goods increased 0.1 percent from last month, and were up 19.3 percent from a year ago. Compared to last month, sales of electrical goods increased 3.9 percent and sales of lumber and other construction materials were up 2.5 percent. May sales of nondurable goods increased 0.9 percent from last month, and were up 13.2 percent from last year. Sales of petroleum and petroleum products were up 6.9 percent from last month and ...