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U.S. Census Wholesale Trade Data

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U.S. Census Wholesale Trade Data

By U.S. Census Bureau

The Wholesale Trade sector comprises establishments engaged in wholesaling merchandise, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise.



Update frequency



Oct 1, 2021

Delivery method


This public dataset aims to provide month-to-month trends for sales and inventories of U.S. merchant wholesalers, excluding manufacturers' sales branches and offices.

The United States Code, Title 13, authorizes this survey and provides for voluntary responses.

Estimates are released 6 weeks after the close of the data month, containing preliminary current month estimates and final data for the previous month.

Statistics in the dataset include: sales, inventories, and inventories/sales ratios along with standard errors. Estimates are both seasonally adjusted and unadjusted.

Also, an annual benchmark report is released each spring. This report presents the results of the bench-marking operation that revises monthly sales and inventories estimates based on the Annual Wholesale Trade Survey. Estimates are both seasonally adjusted and un-adjusted.


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