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WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS' SALES DOWN ALMOST 6 PERCENT Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of estimates of wholesale sales in selected
trades, by regions. The second will appear shortly.
Total sales of drug wholesalers during 1938 aggregated 528 million dollars as compared with a volume of almost 559 million dollars during the previous year according to estimates issued January 19 by the Marketing Research Division of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce. Although 1938 sales declined almost 6 percent under the 1937 volume they were more than 2 percent above the 1936 total. Sales of wholesale druggişts were maintained at a considerably higher level throughout the year than were sales of all types of wholesalers combined.
During each of the first three quarters total sales in the drug trade were off from 6 to 7 percent from the comparable periods of 1937. However, a pronounced upward trend in the latter part of the year reduced the decline to about 3 percent for the fourth quarter.
Considerable variation in sales was shown throughout the geographical regions of the country. The Mountain region was the only area to show a higher sales total for 1938 than for 1937. January and April were the only months of the year during which sales in the Mountain region fell below the volume recorded for the comparable months of 1937. This in-crease is for the most part accounted for by greater sales of liquor and of the merchandise classified in the "all other" group. Sales of drugs and drug sundries in this region increased only one percent.
Sales in the West South Central states were only one percent less than in 1937, while losses for other regions ranged downward to the 11 percent decline estimated for the East North Central regional area. The East North Central and East South Central areas were the only ones in which sales were appreciably under the 1936 volume. New England and the West North Central states recorded volumes about equal to those of 1936 and the figures for remaining regions were markedly above that year,
Sales of drugs and drug sundries alone declined somewhat less than did the total sale's of wholesale druggists, showing a loss of nearly 5 percent from 1937. The East North Central region suffered the greatest loss with a decline of 9 percent, followed by the West North Central and Pacific states both with decreases of 6 percent, and the New England and East South Central areas both with declines of 5 percent. The Mountain area showed the only increase, a gain of one percent. The same upward trend in the closing months of 1938 which was noted with regard to total sales was also true of drugs and drug sundries but to a somewhat lesser degree.
Drug and Drug
1937 1938 Percent change
- 3.0 East North Central 96,514 106,165 95,025 +10.0 -10.5 |
8.5 West North Central 53,729 55,878 53,650 + 4.0 4.0
5.5 South Atlantic 47,186 53,084 51,230 +12.5 3.5
2.0 East South Central 26,234 27,939 25,850 + 6.5 7.5
Based on monthly sales reports submitted to the Marketing Research Division, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce by a representative group of 150 wholesale drug firms.
WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS, TOTAL SALES AND SALES
JANUARY 1937 = 100
60 JEMAMJJA SONDJEMAM J J A S ONDJF MAMJJAS ONDJEMAM J JASONDJEMAM J J A S O N D 1935 1936 1937 1938
36 1937 1938 1936 1937 1938 1939 1936 Source - Market Data Sec., Marketing Research Division, Bureau of Foreign
936 1937 1938
and Domestic Commerce