Wholesaler-distributor revenues were $3.903 trillion last year, up 9.8% from 2005, unadjusted for seasonal variations. Wholesale revenues for durable goods were up 8.8%, and nondurable goods sales were up 11%.   ; Of note for the year:
Automotive sales: Up 10.2% Lumber: Up 1.9% Metals: Up 13.2% Drugs: Up 12% Machinery: Up 9.9% Electrical: Up 9.5% Hardware: Up 7.7% > Chemicals: Up 7%
(For more details on the year, see the bottom right corner on page 2 of this document.)   ; December Sales. Sales for the month of December, adjusted for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $337.1 billion, up 1.8% from the revised November level and up 8.6% from the December 2005 level.   ; December sales of durable goods increased 1.1% from last month and were up 7.0% from a year ago. Compared to last month, sales of hardware and plumbing and heating equipment and supplies were up 4.2% and sales of motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies increased 2.9%.   ; December sales of nondurable goods were up 2.5% from last month and were up 10.2% from last year. Compared to last month, sales of petroleum and petroleum products increased 5.6% and sales of grocery and related products were up 3.1%.   ; Inventories. Total inventories of merchant wholesalers were $393.8 billion at the end of December, down 0.5% from last month, but up 8.6% from a year ago. End-of-month inventories of durable goods decreased 0.4% (+/-0.5%)* from November, but were up 8.3% (+/-2.3%) from last December. Compared to last month, inventories of motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies were down 2.8%, while inventories of furniture and home furnishings increased 2.0%.   ; End-of-month inventories of nondurable goods decreased 0.7% from November, but were up 9.0% (+/-3.5%) compared to last December. Inventories of petroleum and petroleum products were down 6.3% from last month and inventories of farm product raw materials decreased 4.6%.   ; Inventories/Sales Ratio. The December inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers' sales branches and offices, based on seasonally adjusted data, was 1.17. The December 2005 ratio was 1.17.   ; More details here. Economic indicators at MDM's Databank.