Of the $6.7 trillion in sales that the wholesale industry generated in 2012, 45 percent came from durable goods and 55 percent from nondurable goods. Among durable goods, wholesalers generated the greatest sales from motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies, accounting for $734 billion. This was followed by professional and commercial equipment and supplies ($518 billion); machinery, equipment, and supplies ($516 billion); and electrical goods ($506 billion). However, in terms of the number of business establishments engaged in trading each of these kinds of durable goods, the order of these sectors should be roughly reversed.

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