Respondents to ASA’s monthly sales report survey reported a median sales increase of 9% for November 2022 vs. 2021.

Industry Insights, which produces the ASA monthly sales report for ASA distributor members, says that given the current high inflationary environment, the year over-year comparisons should continue to be viewed with caution. For instance, on a month-to-month basis, respondents reported a decrease in sales of -7% for November 2022 vs. October 2022.

Nonetheless, it is encouraging that half of the respondents still reported TTM sales growth between 12.9% to 23.7%. Inventory rose 19% for November 2022 vs. November 2021.

“While November reported solid growth (9%), it continued a three-month trend of slowing growth. It is the first month since February 2021 that the median year-over-year monthly sales growth was less than 10%,” Industry Insights Senior Vice President Greg Manns said. “While some continue to experience continued solid sales growth, there are signs of more respondents starting to see the onset of a slowing economy. Inflationary pressures are continuing to squeeze gross margins and bottom-line net profits as we wrap up 2022.”


The "Real" GDP figure for the third quarter 2022 was revised upward from 2.6% to 2.9%. Total wholesale sales for October grew 12% year-over year, while inventories grew 22% vs. the prior year. The Department of Commerce recently began reporting "Real" wholesale sales to provide a more accurate picture of inflation adjusted growth. From March through October, "real" wholesale growth has ranged between 1.3% to 4.0%. Housing permits and starts declined in November and remain well below their 2021 levels.

What ASA distributor members are saying:

Some comments from ASA member distributors that participated in the monthly sales report:

  • “Business remains much stronger than anticipated. We have good back log and are looking for a good start to 2023.”
  • “Sales remain very strong, but November was the first month this year where our booked orders for the month were lower than the same month in 2021.”

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