New 2012 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports Forecast Distribution Industry Growth of 6.8% in 2012; Data Available for 19 Sectors

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

The 2012 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reportsthe seventh edition of this annual economic data reference guide include industry statistics, trend analysis, benchmarking data and forecasts for 19 sectors in the distribution industry, including industrial (–industrial-distributors/PARAMS/product/734); hardware, plumbing and heating equipment/supplies (–hardware–plumbing—heating-equipment-supplies-wholesalers/PARAMS/product/733); building materials and construction; electrical and electronics; and grocery and foodservice.

The wholesale distribution industry continued to grow faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2011, said Tom Gale, president of Industrial Market Information and publisher of Modern Distribution Management, which published the reports. Aggregate revenues of wholesaler-distributors increased by 9.3 percentage points more than nominal U.S. Gross Domestic Product, reflecting rebounding sales of a smaller base following the recession.

The fastest rate of growth in 2011 for wholesale distribution was in Oil and Gas Products, due to increased investment in shale formations; when accounting for inflation, real revenues in this sector actually decreased however. Industrial distributors saw the largest real rate of growth, with sales up 15.3% in 2011. MDM forecasts all wholesale distribution sectors will grow in 2012.

Total wholesale distributors sector revenues in 2010 were up 12.8 percent from 2009.

Visit to view all available distribution sector reports, also ideal for manufacturers and service providers conducting market research on the wholesale distribution channel. All 19 market reports are available for purchase in the 2012 Wholesale Distribution Economic Factbook, which also includes information on the overall industry. Order the Factbook at

These reports allow you to plan strategically for the year ahead with accurate current and forward-looking data on your wholesale distribution line of trade, Gale said. For example, learn how much sales and sales per employee have changed in your line of trade; how much weekly earnings have changed; which niches are producing the highest and lowest gross margins; how many companies are competing in your niches, and more.

These distribution sector reports, delivered in downloadable pdf, are invaluable resources for detailed distribution channel benchmarking data if you are managing, selling to or investing in a wholesale distribution company. The Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports use data from the most recent U.S. Annual Wholesale Trade Survey and reflect March 2012 government data revisions.

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Weather Central Offers First U.S. Showing of Wind Power Yield Forecast System at AWEA 2012

San Diego, CA and Madison, WI (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

Weather Central, LP, is presenting its groundbreaking new Wind Power Yield Forecast (YIELD FORECAST) for the first time in the U.S. at AWEA 2012 at the Georgia Congress Center, Atlanta Georgia in Booth 2950. The YIELD FORECAST system is unique because it has been purpose built for the wind industry, which loses $ 500 million annually as a result of inaccurate forecasts that were not designed to the unique requirements of wind parks.

Weather Central also announces that YIELD FORECAST has begun testing at the Madison Gas and Electric Top of Iowa wind park. Similar tests are underway at multiple wind parks in Europe.

Solid forecasting is essential to mitigating the operating risk of wind parks, said Steve Smedberg, Weather Central senior vice president for enterprise. YIELD FORECAST is simply the most advanced system of its kind, bringing together decades of forecast experience, proprietary high resolution data sets, and advanced computing technology. Our exclusive methods of customizing the toolkit at the level of individual turbines are producing unprecedented forecast precision.

Weather Central YIELD FORECAST will provide wind park operators and utilities with more accurate, actionable predictions for the power output for the following 24-48 hours to help them extract the maximum value from the wind-generated power. YIELD FORECAST specifically addresses the need for operators to predict their output on a day-ahead basis and to prepare responses to real-time fluctuations in output. Globally, poor forecasts are estimated to cost wind operators in excess $ 500 million (U.S.) due to: having to sell excess power at low or negative prices, being forced by shortfalls to buy energy from other sources in the real-time market in order to meet commitments, and having to pay penalties and tariffs imposed on them for inaccurate yield forecasting.

YIELD FORECAST is unique because it is the only solution for the wind energy industry where a single company controls the entire forecast chain. This provides Weather Central with unmatched flexibility to optimize the forecast not just for each wind park, but actually at the level of individual turbines for peak precision. The Weather Central YIELD FORECAST solution combines on-site data feedback and input from the customer with proprietary Weather Central technologies including:

MicroCast numerical weather prediction model
-Advanced neural network and other statistical analysis

DataCloud data serving technology
-Interactive map-based visualization tools

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