ASA Releases Monthly Pulse Report for December

ASA Distributors Report Mixed January for PHCP vs. PVF


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American Supply Association
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ASA Distributors Report Mixed January for PHCP vs. PVF

Itasca, IL - February 26, 2014 - ASA member wholesaler-distributors reported median sales growth of 1.7% for the month ending January 31, 2014, compared to the same month last year. While the PHCP segment saw 3.4% growth, the industrial PVF segment declined 6.6%. Calendar year-to-date, all respondents reported a median sales increase of 1.7% with a 3.4% increase in the PHCP segment and 6.6% decline in the industrial PVF segment. For the trailing twelve months ending January 31, 2014, all respondents reported a median sales increase of 3.9%. While the responding PHCP distributors saw 7.7% growth, industrial PVF distributors declined 2.5%. MORE

Overall, the median increase in inventories was 3.7% for January, 2014 vs. 2013 (5.2% for PHCP and 0.1% for PVF). The median three-month average days sales outstanding were 44.5 days for PHCP members and 41.4 for PVF. More than half of all of the participating members reported having more full-time equivalent employees compared to a year ago; however, on the PVF side, better than half reported being even or down.

The company gross margin percentage for the month compared to one year ago was up for 72.2% of the industrial PVF respondents but even or down for better than half of PHCP respondents. Overall, the company YTD gross margin percentage was up for about half of all respondents and even or down for the other half (up 42.1% for PHCP and 66.7% PVF). YTD profit before tax increased for 34.3% of the respondents.

Based on the number of respondents reporting, the report also provides additional detailed performance results by the various demographic categories, including sales volume, primary business emphasis, regions and 16 specific market areas. LEARN MORE
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