Wholesale Trade

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Definition of 'Wholesale Trade'

During the second week of the month the United States Bureau of Census at the United States Department of Commerce release the Wholesale Trade figures. These figures lag the release month by 2 meaning that January figures are published in March.

The Wholesale Trade sector consists of establishments engaged in wholesaling merchandise (without transformation - generally) and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise.

The wholesaling process is an intermediate step in the distribution of merchandise. Wholesalers sell or arrange the purchase or sale of:
  • Goods for resale (i.e. goods sold to other wholesalers or retailers)
  • Capital or durable non-consumer goods
  • Raw and intermediate materials and supplies used in production
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