September Distributor Sales Up 8.1% From Last Year
Sales. September 2006 sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers' sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $330.2 billion, down 1.2 percent from the revised August level, but were up 8.1 percent from the September 2005 level. The August preliminary estimate was revised downward $1.4 billion or 0.4 percent.
September sales of durable goods decreased 0.3 percent from last month, but were up 9.0 percent (+/-1.2%) 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 ...