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Annual Wholesale Trade

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Canadian wholesalers recorded operating profits of $29.8 billion in 2007, a 6.8% increase from the previous year. 

Total operating revenues for the industry reached $694.9 billion in 2007, up 5.8% from 2006.  This rate of growth was slightly higher than the 5.4% increase in 2006 but slower than increases of 7.1% in 2005 and 9.1% in 2004. 

More than half of wholesalers reported higher gross margins and operating profits in 2007. However, the (+4.0%) increase in gross margins was much slower than the 13.0% increase in 2006. This reflected higher cost of goods sold rather than lower revenues.   

Wholesalers of farm products recorded a 13.7% increase in operating revenues to $20.6 billion in 2007. The main contributor was price increases for grains (+53.7%) and for oilseeds (+35.0%).

Gross margins – the difference between total operating revenues and  cost of goods sold - increased in 2007, while operating expenses were down slightly for farm products wholesalers. This resulted in a 14.5% increase in profit for these wholesalers.

Revenues of petroleum wholesalers increased 8.9% to $132.0 billion in 2007, reflecting higher prices for crude oil. Operating profits rose 33.6% in 2007.  

In 2007, petroleum wholesalers accounted for 19.0% of total industry revenues, the largest share among the industry's 17 groups.