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Wholesale trade revenues for December 2012 were $418.9 billion, virtually unchanged from November, but up 3.7 percent from December 2011, according to The U.S. Census Bureau.
December sales of durable goods were down 0.9 percent from last month, but were up 0.9 percent from a year ago. Sales of professional and commercial equipment and supplies were down 2.3 percent from last month.
Sales of nondurable goods were up 0.8 percent from November and were up 6.1 percent from last December. Sales of drugs and druggists' sundries were up 4.8 percent from last month and sales of beer, wine and distilled alcoholic beverages were up 1.8 percent.
December inventories of durable goods were up 0.2 percent from last month and were up 7.7 percent from a year ago. Inventories of electrical and electronic goods were up 2.6 percent from last month, while inventories of motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies were down 3.8 percent.
Inventories of nondurable goods were down 0.6 percent from November, but were up 2.4 percent from last December. Inventories of farm product raw materials were down 6.0 percent from last month and inventories of drugs and druggists' sundries were down 4.3 percent.
The December inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers was 1.19.
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