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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

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 which are included in the December issue. Digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online.

Market Measure
Annual report examines trends in the retail home improvement industry, with topics covered including overall market size and sales trends, financial profiles by type of store (e.g., hardware, home center, and do-it-yourself lumberyard), and financial profiles of publicly-held do-it-yourself chains. Excerpts from the report can be viewed free online in the December issue of the NRHA's monthly magazine.

Home Centers & 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:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial information
  • Five-year growth forecast

The Hardware Connection, Inc.
HC Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for independent retailers, with topics covered in each issue of the magazine including regional reports on current business conditions, seasonal weather outlook, merchandising ideas, dealer profiles, product reviews, product category reports, technology trends, and upcoming events and conferences. Digital editions are available free online.

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. home improvement and repair market, with market segments covered in the report including interior additions and alterations, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, exterior additions and replacements, and systems and equipment additions and replacements. Detailed table of contents with key points from the report is available online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
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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.

  • 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
  • Debt service and capital structure 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 and Salary 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 median salary and hourly wages for selected job positions in this retail sector such as store manager, assistant manager, sales associate, and cashier, with employers for which compensation data is available including Ace Hardware Corporation, True Value Company, Orchard Supply Hardware, Harbor Freight Tools, Lowe's Companies, Inc., and Home Depot, Inc.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples
Hardware Stores

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