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Hardware Stores

SIC 5251 | NAICS 444130

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Hardware Stores  (view report)

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:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

The Hardware Connection, Inc.
HC Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for independent hardware/home improvement retailers, with topics addressed in various issues of the magazine including regional reports on current business conditions, seasonal weather outlook, merchandising ideas, dealer profiles, product reviews, product category reports, technology updates, and upcoming trade show events and conferences.

First Research

Home Centers & Hardware Stores
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Publications available from this trade association include:

Hardware Retailing
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the retail home improvement industry, with online content sections including products, operations, merchandising, promotions, industry news, and research and guides, and special features including excerpts from the annual "Market Measure" report (December issue) which examines market trends in the retail hardware/home improvement industry.

Industry Edge
Online newsletter provides periodic updates and special reports on specific product/market sectors for retailers from a product merchandising standpoint, with recent special report topics covered including trends in outdoor living and lawn and garden decor, "Made in America" movement continues to gain momentum, homeowner do-it-yourself trends, home safety, and disaster readiness and recovery.

Market Measure
Annual report examines trends in the retail home improvement industry, with topics covered including overall market size and sales trends, sales and number of outlets by type of store (e.g., home center, hardware, and do-it-yourself lumberyard), financial profiles by type of store, top chains market share profile, top chains individual performance, and financial profiles of publicly-held do-it-yourself chains.

HIRI / IHS Global Insight
Size of Market Estimates and Forecasts - U.S.

Market research report provides historical and forecast sales data for the home improvement products market, with merchandise lines analyzed separately including knobs, pulls, hinges, screws, nuts, and bolts; hand tools; power electric and air tools; plumbing fixtures, fittings, and supplies; and electrical supplies. Summary highlights from current and prior reports are available in the newsroom section.

Mintel Group Ltd.
DIY Home Improvement and Maintenance - US

Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. do-it-yourself home improvement and repair market, with topics covered in the report including DIY spending trends, factors affecting the consumer spending, leading retailers, projects planned and undertaken, where DIY purchases are made, reasons for selecting a DIY retailer, and DIY home improvement attitudes and behaviors.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Cost of Doing Business Study

Annual NRHA study provides financial and operational benchmarks for the retail hardware industry, with data provided including financial and operational statistics, composite income statements and balance sheets, and key financial performance ratios. Selected data from the study is available in the "Market Measure" report published in the December issue of the NRHA's monthly magazine.

Compensation Surveys

Employee Compensation Report

Employee compensation study conducted by the NRHA every five years provides information on wages and benefits for various job positions in the retail hardware industry, with topics addressed in the study including average staffing levels by job classification, average wages by job position, prevalence and use of bonuses, health insurance and retirement benefits, and paid vacation and time-off practices.

Hardware Stores

Free online service provides salary and hourly wage information for selected job positions in this retail sector, with employers for which compensation data is available including Ace Hardware Corporation, True Value Company, Orchard Supply Hardware, Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc., Lowe's Companies, Inc., The Home Depot, Inc, Sears Holding Corporation, Fastenal Company, and Menard Incorporated.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Hardware Stores

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that sell hardware and fasteners, hand tools, power electric and air tools, plumbing fixtures, fittings, and supplies, electrical supplies, paint and accessories, and lawn and garden supplies and equipment.