The end uses for the products tend to fluctuate more than the types of customers that buy from electrical distributors, so a sales breakdown from this perspective shows where the action awaits in the market. The “Market Mix” table on this page shows distributors' “best guess” on the end-uses for the goods they sell. Distributors who answer EW's surveys know the customers they sell to; but answering these questions about what that contractor or industrial did with the material requires them to make some assumptions.

You can keep on top of changes in the market area by studying the market mix over time. This mix tends to shift with the rise and fall of various markets in the area more than the customer mix does. By multiplying a market area's electrical distributor sales figure in turn by each market mix percent, you can estimate the sales for each type of end use in the market. You can compare these figures to your own sales by end-use market to see how your company is doing.

MARKET MIX
(as a percentage of electrical wholesalers' sales)
Nation New England Middle Atlantic East North Central West North Central South Atlantic East South Central West South Central Mountain Pacific
New home construction (single family) 10.9 7.7 6.7 13.2 16.4 13.5 10.5 10.8 19.4 7.2
Residential renovation (single family) 4.9 7.9 6.9 4.4 7.5 3.6 9.7 3.6 2.1 2.9
Multi-unit residential new construction 2.5 2.0 2.5 4.1 5.5 1.9 2.5 0.7 2.9 1.2
Multi-unit residential maintenance & repair 1.4 2.2 2.3 0.6 1.1 0.7 1.3 0.6 0.9 2.6
Multi-unit residential renovation 0.7 2.1 0.7 0.7 1.6 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.7 0.6
Industrial maintenance & repair supplies 14.4 21.0 15.5 13.7 8.9 19.8 16.1 6.6 3.8 11.5
Industrial new construction 4.0 3.2 4.5 5.0 3.1 3.5 3.9 4.9 2.1 4.2
Industrial renovation/retrofit 3.6 3.8 3.4 3.7 4.2 2.8 3.7 4.3 0.8 4.2
Factory automation 4.1 10.1 3.8 4.3 4.7 2.8 1.1 2.0 16.1 2.1
Commercial/office new construction 12.6 7.6 12.4 13.2 18.5 10.5 14.3 26.0 8.6 11.1
Commercial/office maintenance supplies 4.9 5.7 6.3 2.6 3.3 5.5 1.8 8.3 12.8 4.9
Commercial/office renovation/retrofit 4.0 3.3 4.7 4.0 2.7 2.7 1.4 10.1 3.9 5.2
Other private construction 3.8 1.9 3.1 3.0 2.2 2.1 13.8 3.7 5.0 4.8
Other private new maintenance and repair 1.3 1.7 2.1 0.7 1.8 1.6 0.4 1.8 1.9 1.1
Other private renovation 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.2
Nonbuilding construction 1.7 1.3 2.6 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.0 2.7 0.1 1.6
Nonbuilding maintenance & repair 0.7 0.7 0.3 0.8 1.7 0.5 * 1.1 * 0.8
Nonbuilding renovation/retrofit 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.7 0.6 0.4 * 1.2 * 0.3
Original Equipment Manufacturers 8.8 9.1 8.2 12.5 1.0 5.6 0.8 1.9 3.4 16.5
Government 3.0 4.0 1.5 2.2 1.2 5.9 1.8 2.6 4.6 2.7
Power Utilities 3.6 0.5 6.1 4.2 2.6 1.1 1.2 1.6 2.9 6.7
Datacom/Telecom 1.4 0.5 0.4 1.1 1.0 0.5 9.8 1.0 6.3 0.4
Retailers (for resale) 1.2 0.2 0.7 0.4 2.7 0.9 2.8 0.1 1.1 2.4
Export 1.6 0.1 1.6 0.1 0.2 5.7 * 1.0 * 1.8
At retail 1.8 1.1 1.2 2.0 3.6 3.5 0.7 1.2 0.1 1.0
Other wholesalers 1.9 0.8 1.5 0.7 1.0 1.9 0.9 1.8 0.5 1.8

It's interesting to note that the construction and industrial markets consume more than three-quarters of the products that distributors sell. Residential construction and renovation; office/commercial construction and renovation; and industrial business account for 76.6 percent of sales at the average electrical distributor.

With this data, you can answer questions about the real uses of product in your market and the direction that some sales may be taking. One example: A question that often comes up is, “What portion of the market is in residential?” You can get the answer out of this table: Nationwide, 20.4 percent goes into residential work (adding up the percentages for new construction and renovation work for single-family and multi-family and multi-family residential).