While HVACR distributor sales were down slightly in October 2008, distributors in colder regions of the country saw positive sales growth.

Figures are from the Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International, which reported national HVACR distributor sales for October 2008 were down approximately 0.8 percent from October 2007.

Among the eight HARDI regional reports, four in colder climates reported positive sales while four reported sales declines for the month. Over the previous twelve months, U.S. and Canadian wholesale sales were collectively up 0.2 percent.

The best performance for October was experienced in Canada at a positive 9.4 percent, while the Western U.S. region reported the poorest performance, down 11.1 percent.

Only the Midwest region reported a decline in inventory level; all others indicated inventories were up.

For more information about HARDI’s monthly and quarterly reports, visitwww.hardient.org.