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Revenues for the U.S. wholesale distribution industry in 2016 were essentially flat compared with 2015, as manufacturing continued to lag and the strong U.S. dollar offset strength across construction sectors, according to the newly released 2017 Competitive Landscape for Wholesale Distribution.

Based on a year-to-date comparison through November 2016, most of the industry’s subsectors experienced a 1- or 2-percent change, with the exception of Petroleum (-13 percent), Metals (-12 percent) and Farm Products (-6 percent).

The construction subsectors posted the strongest gains last year, led by Lumber (7 percent), Furniture (6 percent) and Hardware (4 percent).

But 2017 is projected to be a good year for all subsectors, with MDM Analytics forecasting all subsectors to post revenue growth and overall


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