HARDI Distributors Report 8.4% Percent Revenue increase in July
Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) released its monthly TRENDS report, showing the average sales performance by HARDI distributors was an increase of 8.4 percent during July 2020.
The average annual sales growth for the 12 months through July 2020 is 2.75 percent.
“Sales growth during the prior year was 14.9%, so this month was not an easy comparison,” said HARDI Market Research & Benchmarking Analyst Brian Loftus. “Nationally the cooling degree days during July 2020 were comparable year-to-year even with 30% or more cooling degree days than normal in three of our regions last July.”
The Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), a measure of how quickly customers pay their bills, is now at 39 days. “39 days is a record low and compares to a normal 43 to 44 for July,” said Loftus. “We have been focused on the DSO as an indicator of economic distress. What we see so far is caution by customers with anecdotal references to higher share of cash transactions.”
“The economic data reminds me of the recent variation of availability of items at the grocery store,” said Loftus. “Generally, the data is getting better like product availability, but the empty sections are reminders that challenges persist. Much of the economic data can be interpreted as stabilizing, but we are not surprised by random blank shelves. Is an economic report good if it is down from the prior year but better than estimated? Should we focus on the seasonally adjusted estimate or the trends of actual results? The data continues to be confusing or a little unpredictable, like item availability at the grocery store or like the unusually low DSO this month.”
HARDI members do not receive financial compensation in exchange for their monthly sales data and can discontinue their participation without prior notice or penalty. Participation is voluntary, and the depth of market coverage varies from region to region. An independent entity collects and compiles the data that can include products not directly associated with the HVACR industry.
HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry.
HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.