A monthly statistical report produced by the Bureau of the Census that measures companies’ inventory levels, which is an indicator of the health of business conditions and future manufacturing orders. The survey is conducted by mail and is sent to about 7,100 wholesale firms. The companies report the dollar values of merchant wholesale sales, end-of-month inventories, and how they value their inventories. The data is released six weeks after the end of the month referenced. Firms are grouped by merchant wholesale sales, inventories, and their primary type of business. The data also measures any changes in the inventories-to-sales ratio.
Wholesale-trade Sentence Examples
A large wholesale trade is carried on with all the settlements of the province.
Some of the largest items of wholesale trade in 1920 were dry goods, $240,000,000; carpets, rugs and linoleums, also $240,000,000; boots and shoes, $175,000,000; groceries, $175,000,000; railway supplies, $210,000,000; hardware, $115,000,000; foundry products, $125,000,000.
There is a large wholesale trade with southern California, with Arizona and with the gold-fields of Nevada, with which Los Angeles is connected by railway.
Next in order come manufactures; then wholesale trade - first the home trade, secondly the foreign trade of consumption, last the carrying trade.
Havana commands the wholesale trade of all the western half of the island, and is the centre of commercial and banking interests.