Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for September 2004
November 25, 2004
September 2004 sales of merchant wholesalers, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $276.9 billion, up 0.6 percent from the revised August level, and were up 14.5 percent from the September 2003 level.
September sales of durable goods decreased 0.1 percent from last month, but were up 16.7 percent from a year ago. Compared to last month, sales of lumber and other construction materials were down 2.2 percent. September sales of nondurable goods increased 1.3 percent from last month, and were up 12.5 percent from last year. Sales of petroleum and petroleum products increased 4.7 percent from last month and sales of beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverages increased 4.2 ...