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Hardware Stores

SIC 5251 | NAICS 444130

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Hardware Stores  (view report)
Online Hardware & Tool Sales  (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. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue 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.

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.

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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Hardware Stores  Search for "444130"

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 including:

  • 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

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.

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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.

PayScale, Inc.
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.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data  Select "Guest Search" to view data by industry

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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