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Wholesale trade revenues for September were $414 billion, up 2 percent from August and up 4.4 percent from September 2011, according to The U.S. Census Bureau.
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September sales of durable goods were up 1.2 percent from the prior month and up 2.8 percent from a year ago. Sales of electrical and electronic goods were up 3.7 percent from last month. Sales of metals and minerals, except petroleum, were up 2.5 percent.
Sales of nondurable goods were up 2.7 percent from August and up 5.7 percent from the prior year. Sales of petroleum and petroleum products were up 8.3 percent from last month.
Total inventories of were $494.2 billion, up 1.1 percent from August levels and up 7.5 percent from the September 2011 level.
September inventories of durable goods were up 0.9 percent from last month and up 8.2 percent from a year ago. Inventories of metals and minerals, except petroleum, were up 1.9 percent from last month and inventories of machinery, equipment and supplies were up 1.5 percent.
Inventories of nondurable goods were up 1.4 percent from August and up 6.5 percent from last September. Inventories of farm product raw materials were up 7.3 percent from last month and inventories of petroleum and petroleum products were up 5.5 percent.
The September inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers was 1.19. The September 2011 ratio was 1.16.
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