MDM is proud to announce the 2013 Wholesale Distribution Economic Trends Reports are now available.
These reports are the most comprehensive source for accurate statistics on the wholesale distribution industry, including segment and overall industry revenue trends, inventory levels, 2013 sales forecast, and other critical benchmark data on 19 different distribution sectors.
Some of the highlights from this year's reports, which are based on the most recent data available in 2012 and the start of 2013:
• The wholesale distribution industry continues to grow faster than the overall U.S. economy despite a slowdown in 2012; aggregate revenues increased by 1.1 percentage points more than nominal U.S. GDP in 2012.
• Revenues for wholesaler-distributors grew by 5.1 percent to $4.9 trillion in 2012, slower growth following double-digit increases in the aftermath of the recession.
• Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Parts wholesale distributors and the Building Material and Construction sector had the fastest rates of growth in the industry in 2012. (The reports present both real rate of growth, which excludes price changes year-over-year, and actual rate of growth.)
• Fourth-quarter employment in wholesale distribution increased by 1.8 percent and now employs more than 1 out of 25 private-sector workers. Year-over-year job losses were recorded in only two sectors with the largest in Office Products and Paper.
• MDM expects all 19 sectors in the 2013 Wholesale Distribution Economic Trends Reports to grow in 2013.
Distributors use the Wholesale Distribution Economic Trends Reports to benchmark their performance with data on how much sales and sales per employee have changed in their lines of trade, how much weekly earnings have changed, which end-markets are consuming their products, how sales and inventories have fared quarter-by-quarter, and how many companies are competing in their lines of trade.
Companies that invest in or sell through independent distribution channels use the reports to gain a better understanding of the industry with accurate data and trend information.
This year’s reports were sponsored by Infor.