Indian River Consulting Group's Distributor Pandemic Revenue Index (PRI) — aimed to provide a weekly snapshot of how industrial distributors' sales have fared during the pandemic compared to a year earlier — saw a considerable slowdown in the pace of growth last week following three-straight major growth weeks.
Covering the selling week of Jan. 11-15, the latest PRI showed a reading of +4.6 percent, meaning that for the 14 distributors surveyed, their average sales were up 4.6 percent year-over-year. It followed readings of 18.4, 21.3 and 18.2 the previous three weeks, which IRCG noted may have been somewhat calendar-driven due to impacts of the holidays.
The newest reading more closely resembled the low- to mid-single-digit marks that the PRI maintained from mid-September through mid-December.
Of last week's 14 distributors in the survey, nine reported increases, with a range of 1 percent to 51 percent. For the five distributors that reported declines, their range was from 1 percent to 32 percent.
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The chart below shows the weekly percent change in year-over-year sales: