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Power transmission business remains strong, trend survey shows

Chicago, IL -- While some industries may be experiencing slowdowns leading to recessionary forecasts, sales trends ...

Chicago, IL — While some industries may be experiencing slowdowns leading to recessionary forecasts, sales trends for distributors and manufacturers in the power transmission/motion control industry are still strong, reporting month-to-month sales gains in both U.S. and Canadian markets in February 2008. The month-end trend data for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products was compiled by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA).

Continuing the upward trend of last month, U.S. distributors’ sales of PT/MC products were up 11.6% in February 2008 compared to January 2008. When matched up against sales in the same month last year, sales in February 2008 gained 6.7%. Accounts receivable collection days were down 5.4% from January 2008. The confidence index of U.S. distributors remained flat for the third month in a row at 5.8 (on a 10-point scale).

Canadian distributors also continue to post positive gains in PT/MC sales, rising 10.1% in February 2008. Sales growth over the same period last year was up 1.1%. Days sales in account receivables dropped 2.7% as compared to January 2008. In February 2008, the confidence level of Canadian distributors rose to 5.7 (on a 10-point scale), its highest level since September 2007.

U.S. manufacturers’ sales were up again for the second month. Sales in February 2008 increased 8.5% compared to January 2008. Orders were also up, posting a 6.3% gain over January 2008. The confidence level of U.S. manufacturers held steady at 5.5 (on a 10- point) for the eighth month in a row.


Canadian manufacturer’s sales were also positive in February, posting a 6.8% gain over January 2008. Sales were also up compared to the same period last year with a gain of 3.5% over February 2007. The confidence level of Canadian manufacturers showed a decrease, dropping 0.1 to 5.1 (on a 10-point scale) from January 2008.

Product-by-product sales between January 2008 and February 2008 reflect the overall growth in sales experienced by both U.S. and Canadian manufacturers. All product categories for U.S. manufacturers experienced sales growth. For Canadian manufacturers, all product categories, except shaft couplings and variable speed drives, experienced a positive change in sales.

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