September 2006 sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers' sales branches and offices, were $330.2 billion, down 1.2 percent from the revised August level, but were up 8.1 percent from the September 2005 level. September sales of durable goods decreased 0.3 percent from last month, but were up 9.0 percent from a year ago. Compared to last month, sales of lumber and other construction materials were down 4.0 percent, while sales of metals and minerals, except petroleum, increased 2.6 percent. September sales of nondurable goods were down 2.0 percent from last month, but were up 7.3 percent from last year. Sales of petroleum and petroleum products decreased 7.1 percent from last month.