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Building Supplies Stores and Home Centers

SIC 5211 | NAICS 444110

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

For resource guides specific to other industries, see our index which lists resource guides by SIC code for over 400 industries.

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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Lumber and Building Material Stores  View

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

Sample report is available online.

North American Retail Hardware Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Hardware Retailing
Monthly trade magazine provides news and information for the retail hardware and home improvement industry, with special features including excerpts from the annual "Market Measure" report which are included in the November/December issue. Digital editions of current and prior issues can be viewed free online.

Market Measure  Select "Store - Training - Non-Member - Management Training"
Annual report examines trends in the retail hardware and home improvement industry, with topics covered including overall market size and sales trends, key financial data by type of store (hardware stores, home centers, and lumberyards), financial profiles of leading publicly-held do-it-yourself chains, and more. Report excerpts can also be viewed free online in the November/December issue of Hardware Retailing magazine.

Building Material Dealers
Home Centers and Hardware Stores

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, recent news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:

Sample report is available online.

National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association
Scope of the Lumber & Building Materials Industry
Comprehensive report covers business practices and trends within the lumber and building materials dealer industry and also includes statistical data, with topics covered including industry size and structure, sales by customer type and product category, inventory management, staffing and payroll, and employee productivity.

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Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Building Supplies Stores and Home Centers  Search for "4441"

Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed financial benchmarking data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

Sample reports are available online.

North American Retail Hardware Association
Cost of Doing Business Study  Select "Store - Training - Non-Member - Management Training"
Cost of doing business study provides financial and operating performance measures for hardware stores, home centers, and lumber and building material stores, with data provided including income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios categorized by store type and size and level of profitability.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

North American Retail Hardware Association
Employee Compensation Study  Select "Store - Training - Non-Member - Management Training"
Employee compensation study provides information on compensation and benefits for a variety of job positions in the retail hardware and home improvement industry, with survey data broken out by size of operation, type of market, and type of store.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Building Materials Retail Stores Salary Survey
Annual publication provides compensation data from ERI Assessor®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.

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Business Valuation Resources

The Handbook of Business Valuation
Chapter 31 - Valuing Lumber Yards and Home Centers
Thomas L. West and Jeffrey D. Jones, John Wiley & Sons, 1999
Handbook includes a number of chapters which address valuation issues for specific industries, with Chapter 31 covering lumberyards and home centers. Chapter contents can be previewed free online using's "Look Inside" feature.

Small Business Valuation Multiples
Building Materials and Supplies Stores

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.

Private Company Sales Transactions
Pratt's Stats® | BIZCOMPS®
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search private company transactions by SIC or NAICS code for comparable business sales transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.

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