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comprised of companies that distribute and manufacture the components that keep your world running smoothly.

Resources | Market Trends | SHOR: Sales History and Outlook Report

Sales History and Outlook Report (SHOR)


The 3Q17 Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) shows power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales at an all-time high up 4.2 percent from one year ago. Trends show 2018 will be a growth year for the US economy and for PTDA distributors, however the pace of growth is likely to slow by mid-2018. 

About SHOR

Developed and managed in conjunction with  ITR Economics, SHOR is part of a quarterly survey combined with the PTDA Business Index survey that focuses on member PT/MC product sales. Available to members only, participants receive the reports at no additional charge.

SHOR aggregates your company’s quarterly sales data and presents the results in customized reports. An analysis is provided highlighting major economic trends identified during the forecast process that may impact your company. Use this critical information to create data-driven business plans for marketing initiatives, resource allocation and product launches. 

SHOR tracks total quarterly sales for both distributors and manufacturers and (for manufactures only) six specific product categories including:

  • Bearings
  • Motors
  • Controls
  • Gearing
  • Conveyors/conveyor materials handling equipment
  • Hydraulics/pneumatics

Values Provided

  • Identifies specific leading indicators to your industry
  • Provides a competitive advantage
  • Benchmarks your company to trends in your industry
  • Understanding of Other Markets and How They Affect Yours


Members will only be able to access their own company data and the aggregate data and reports.
Private company data is never shared or available between participating companies.

Check out a  30 minute tutorial with ITR Economist Connor Lokar as he walks through the SHOR + Business Index survey and then reviews each report, explaining how to interpret each report's graphics and trend analysis so you understand how to utilize these reports to modify your forecasts and business plans. 

How to Participate

Emails from ITR Economics, the survey administrator, are sent to one person at each PTDA member company to gain participation. Learn more

Accessing the Final Report

SHOR is available for purchase by anyone after the initial release to survey participants. Reports are released to the public 90 days after distribution to survey participants.  Purchase Report