MDM’s quarterly survey in partnership with investment banking firm Baird reveals a consensus among more than 600 participants: The industry began feeling the effects of the pandemic shutdown very quickly in March, with many expecting to experience an impact on business operations, supply chain, cash flow and even solvency through at least the end of the year.
Distributors posted aggregate revenue growth (excluding acquisitions) of 0.8% during the fourth quarter of 2019 — below the 1.9% growth originally forecasted for the quarter, according to the latest Baird Industrial Distribution Survey, conducted in partnership with MDM. Growth decelerated 160 basis points versus the previous quarter, continuing the recent trend of sequentially moderating growth.So, what are distributors going to do about it?
On average, businesses reported year-over-year revenue growth at +2.4% in the third quarter of 2019, which is below the forecasted +3.1% level, according to the latest Baird Industrial Distribution Survey, conducted in partnership with Modern Distribution Management. Growth decelerated 80 basis points compared to last quarter’s survey, marking the third consecutive quarter of slowing growth. This trend reflects weaker momentum in the industrial sector.