New 2011 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports Forecast Industry Growth of 8.4% in 2011; Data Available for 19 Sectors

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Total revenues of wholesale distributors grew by 12.8 percent to $4.2 trillion in 2010, marking a return to industry growth after a debilitating recession, according to the newly released 2011 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports (http://www.mdm.com/wder), published by Modern Distribution Management. The wholesale distribution industry is forecast to grow by 8.4 percent in 2011.

“These reports allow you to plan strategically for the year ahead with accurate current and forward-looking data on your wholesale distribution line of trade,” said Tom Gale, president of Gale Media and publisher of Modern Distribution Management.

The 2011 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports —the sixth edition of this annual economic data reference guide – include industry statistics, trend analysis, benchmarking data and forecasts for 19 sectors in the distribution industry, including industrial (http://www.mdm.com/industrial-distribution-sector-trends ); hardware, plumbing and heating equipment/supplies (http://www.mdm.com/HVAC-sector-trends); building materials and construction (http://www.mdm.com/construction-sector-trends); electrical and electronics (http://www.mdm.com/electrical-electronics-sector-trends); and grocery and foodservice (http://www.mdm.com/grocery-foodservice-sector-trends).

“The wholesale distribution industry grew faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2010,” said Tom Gale, president of Gale Media and publisher of Modern Distribution Management, which published the reports. “Aggregate revenues of distributors increased by 9.8 percentage points more than nominal U.S. GDP, reflecting rebounding sales off a smaller base following the recession. For context, 2009 marked the first year of negative revenue growth for this industry since the comparatively mild decline of 1 percent in 2001.”

Total wholesale distribution sector revenues in 2009 were down 15 percent from 2008.

Visit mdm.com/wder to view all available distribution sector reports, also ideal for manufacturers and service providers conducting market research on the wholesale distribution channel. All 18 market reports are available for purchase in the 2011 Wholesale Distribution Economic Factbook. Order the Factbook at mdm.com/factbook.

“These reports allow you to plan strategically for the year ahead with accurate current and forward-looking data on your wholesale distribution line of trade,” Gale said. “For example, learn how much sales and sales per employee have changed in your line of trade; how much weekly earnings have changed; which niches are producing the highest and lowest gross margins; how many companies are competing in your niches, and more.”

These distribution sector reports, delivered in downloadable pdf, are invaluable resources for detailed distribution channel benchmarking data if you are managing, selling to, or investing in a wholesale distribution company. The Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports (mdm.com/wder) use data from the most recent U.S. Annual Wholesale Trade Survey and reflect March 2011 government data revisions.

The 2011 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports provide forecasts and data for 18 distribution sectors, and supply:

  •     Revenue and employment growth trends
  •     Share of revenue by end customer market
  •     The number and size distribution of companies
  •     Gross margins and other operation statistics
  •     Inventory and inventory-to-sales ratio trends
  •     Wages and revenues per employee
  •     Expert commentary to help you interpret the sector data in light of current macroeconomic trends
  •     Key trends in the wholesale distribution industry

For more information about the 2011 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports , visit mdm.com/wder, or call MDM at 1-888-742-5060.

Economic reports are available for the following 18 sectors: industrial distributors; hardware, plumbing & heating equipment/supplies wholesalers; electrical/electronics wholesalers; grocery & foodservice wholesale distributors; building material and construction wholesale distributors; oil and gas products wholesale distributors; motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts wholesale distributors; other consumer products wholesale distributors; miscellaneous durable goods wholesale distributors; commercial equipment and supplies wholesale distributors; computer equipment and software wholesale distributors; agricultural products wholesale distributors; apparel and piece goods wholesale distributors; beer, wine and liquor wholesalers, chemicals and plastics wholesale distributors; office product wholesalers and paper merchants; furniture and home furnishing wholesale distributors; and metal service centers.

The reports were produced by Industrial Market Information Inc., also owned by Gale Media, and the Business Research Division of the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

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