March 2009 sales of wholesalers were $310.9 billion, down 2.4 percent from February and were down 18.1 percent from March
2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. March sales of durable goods were down 3.3 percent from last month and were down
19.6 percent from a year ago. Sales of metals and minerals, except petroleum, were down 10.6 percent from last month and sales
of electrical and electronic goods were down 5.9 percent. Sales of nondurable goods were down 1.6 percent from last month
and were down 16.9 percent from last year. Sales of petroleum and petroleum products were down 5.1 percent from last month
and sales of chemicals and allied products were down 5.0 percent.
Inventories Total inventories of
wholesalers were $411.7 billion at the end of March, down ...