Building Materials Stores – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
- Market size and major product and service segments
- Key industry statistics, trends, and financial ratios
- Operating conditions and current performance
- Competitive landscape and environment
- Major company profiles and market shares
- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
Hanley Wood Media, Inc.
Monthly publication features news and information for lumber and building material (LBM) dealers and distributors, with topics covered in various issues including industry news, business practices, operations advice, market issues, and product information, and special features including the annual "ProSales 100 Survey" of the top LBM dealers. Digital editions of the magazine are available online.
Monthly trade publication features news and information for hardware stores, lumberyards, farm and ranch retailers, and LBM distributors and co-ops, with topics covered in each issue of the magazine including industry news and analysis, product coverage and trends, market insights and intelligence, and LBM distributor and co-op reports. Digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online.
Media Group, Inc.
BPD / The Merchant Magazine
Monthly trade magazines provide news and information for lumber and building supplies dealers, distributors, and home centers located in the eastern U.S. (BPD) and western U.S. (The Merchant Magazine), with online content sections including industry news, building supplies, yard operations, and new products. Online articles and digital editions of both magazines are available free online.
U.S. Size of Home Improvement Products Market
https://www.hiri.org / sample-data
Semiannual research report provides historical trend data and five-year forecasts for the consumer and professional markets, with product-level statistics for the consumer and professional markets including the dollar amount of sales for each product category with corresponding year-over-year comparisons for trending purposes. Sample data from the research report is available free online.
Home Improvement in the US
Market research report analyzes the U.S. home improvement market, with information provided in the report including historical and forecast sales volume by product category (e.g., hardware, power and hand tools, kitchen sinks, bathroom and sanitary ware, paint, decorating sundries, wall covering, and floor covering), product distribution by format, and national and local brand name market shares.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
Building Material Dealers / Home Centers / Lumberyards
https://www.bizminer.com Search for "4441" and see listing for specific type of operation
- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
Home Improvement / Lumber & Building Material Stores
(see links for individual reports)
Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.
Compensation and Salary Surveys
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this sector, with products sold by these companies including lumber, structural materials, windows and doors, hardware, tools, plumbing fixtures and supplies, electrical supplies, kitchen and bathroom cabinets and countertops, and prefabricated buildings and kits. All information can be viewed free online.
Home Improvement and Construction Product Stores
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this retail sector such as store manager, assistant manager, department supervisor, sales specialist, and cashier, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including The Home Depot, Inc., Lowe's Companies, Inc., Menards®, Sears Holding Corporation, and HD Supply, Inc.
Business Valuation Resources
Lawn and Garden Stores
Paint and Wallpaper Stores
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