HARDI released its monthly TRENDS report, showing the average sales performance by HARDI distributors was an increase of 9.3 percent during July.

“9.3% growth looks modest after the extraordinary recent gains of 20% to 30%,” said HARDI Market Research & Benchmarking Analyst Brian Loftus.  “With the same number of billing days we estimate the sales growth for the month would have been more than 14% or almost twice the median monthly sales gain during the past ten years.”

The Days Sales Outstanding, a measure of how quickly customers pay their bills, was 40 days at the end of July 2021. “Bills were paid about four days quicker than July’s before the COVID related business interruptions,” Loftus said.

The annual sales growth of 17.2% through July is flat with June, and off only slightly from the 17.6% record rate through May of 2021. “Along with the healthy economic recovery, the sales growth is getting an extra boost this year from the frequent price increases that distributors have had to pass through. The Producer Price Index for the industry has increased by 9% during the twelve months through July and there is another round of price increases to for the market to digest during August and September,” Loftus added.