WASHINGTON - The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors have released its 2004 economic forecast.

"Given the current level of economic uncertainty, this report will be invaluable for planning and budgeting," said Ron Schreibman, the association's senior vice president for strategic direction. "Pembroke Consulting will provide the distribution- industry analysis using Economy.com's highly detailed data and projections."

"Distributors need to make tough short-term decisions to prepare for the turnaround ahead," said Pembroke Consulting President Adam J. Fein, Ph.D., whose company analyzed the report's figures. "This report provides executives with facts and forecasts for their 2004 strategic planning." The report includes an overall forecast for wholesale trade. Markets targeted in the report include automotive, health care, computers, semiconductors, construction, food, industrial, building products, construction, metals, paper, chemicals and electrical.

"The recent turbulent course of the overall economy has created many challenges for wholesalers and their customers," noted Economy.com President Paul Getman, which supplied data for the report. "We're very pleased to help distributors better understand what is happening to the markets and customers they serve."

To order the report, visit www.nawpubs.org on the Internet, or call (202) 872-0885.