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Sales History and Outlook Report (SHOR)

The 3Q20 Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) indicates the PTDA Distributor Index quarterly average in the third quarter was 7.5% lower than the same quarter one year ago, halving the severity of the second quarter's 15.0% year-over-year decline. Despite the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases, expect ongoing, albeit uneven, economic recovery, with US Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) breaking above the pre-pandemic level during the first half of 2022.

PTDA manufacturers are trending in alignment with the industrial sector — the severity of
year-over-year decline in quarterly US Industrial Production and in the PTDA Manufacturers Total Sales Index is easing relative to tentative second-quarter lows. Expect annual New Orders to rise during 2021 and 2022 as part of the general economic rising trend.

Access the Final Report

Only members who participate receive the report at no charge. Non-participating members and non-members can purchase SHOR after the initial release to survey participants.  Purchase Report

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
  • Belt and chain drives

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.

View the Report


Please login to download a sample report from 1Q19

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 access participation. Learn more