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Building Materials and Home Improvement Stores

SIC 5211 | NAICS 444110

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

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Home Improvement Stores  (view report)
Lumber & Building Material Stores  (view report)

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

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

Hanley Wood Media, Inc.
ProSales Magazine

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.

Building Material Dealers
Home Centers & Hardware Stores

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

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

HBS Dealer

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.

Scope of the Lumber & Building Material Industry

Comprehensive research report provides statistical trend data for the lumber and building material (LBM) dealer industry, with topics covered in the report including industry size, number of firms and geographic concentration, sales by customer type and product category, product line market share by dealer type, inventory productivity, staffing levels, payroll expense, and employee productivity.

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

Semiannual research report provides historical trend data and five-year sales forecasts for the home improvement products market, with segments covered in the report including both the professional and consumer markets and with additional breakdowns available for 21 major merchandise lines in the consumer segment. Summary highlights from the report are available in the newsroom section.

Euromonitor International
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.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Building Material Dealers / Home Centers / Lumberyards  Search for "4441" and see listing for specific type of operation

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

First Research
Building Material Dealers
Home Centers & Hardware Stores

Financial information section provides income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios for companies that sell lumber, building supplies, hardware, tools, plumbing and electrical supplies, lawn and garden products, floor coverings, paint, and other sundries, with data categorized by sales size range for small (under $5M), medium ($5M to $50M), and large firms (over $50M).

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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.

PayScale, Inc.
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.

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Hardware Stores
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Painting Contractors
Paint and Wallpaper Stores


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