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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
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- 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
The Hardware Connection, Inc.
Monthly magazine provides news and information for independent hardware and home improvement retailers, with topics covered in various issues of this publication including consumer trends, product category reports, retailing trends, marketing and advertising strategies, store operations, technology, top retailer profiles, and product spotlights. Digital editions of the publication are available free online.
Monthly trade journal features news and information for hardware stores and building supply dealers, with special reports including "The Top 300 Scoreboard" (Jul./Aug.) which ranks the top 300 retailers by annual sales and also provides information on the number of stores, primary line of business, and do-it-yourself sales percentage for each of these retailers. Selected articles are available free online.
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Monthly trade magazine features news and information for independent home improvement retailers, with online content categories including news, products, operations, merchandising, promotions, and research and guides and special features including the annual "Market Measure" report published in the December issue of the magazine which analyzes trends in the retail home improvement industry.
Annual report analyzes 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 lumberyard), financial performance by type of store, market share and combined and individual performances for the top chains, and financial profiles of publicly-held do-it-yourself chains.
Mintel Group Ltd.
DIY Home Improvement Retailing - US
Comprehensive study provides a detailed analysis of this market sector from a consumer standpoint, with topics covered in the study including market size and forecast, factors affecting demand, retailer initiatives, the DIY consumer, DIY projects undertaken, reasons for undertaking DIY projects, path to purchase, influential resources, method of shopping, retailers shopped, and drivers and perceptions.
Hardware Store Market Analysis
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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.
Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
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- 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 NHPA survey provides financial benchmarks for independent hardware stores, home centers, and lumberyards, with data provided including financial and operational statistics, income statements and balance sheets, and key financial performance ratios. Selected data from the survey is included in the "Market Measure" report published in the December edition of "Hardware Retailing" magazine.
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Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenues for retailers that sell hardware and fasteners, building materials, plumbing fixtures and supplies, electrical supplies, power tools and equipment, hand tools, paint and sundries, and other goods such as automotive and cleaning supplies and lawn and garden products.
Compensation and Salary Surveys
Employee Compensation Report
Compensation report provides information on employment, compensation, and benefits practices for independent hardware stores, home centers, and lumberyards, with data provided including average annual employee turnover, average number of employees per job position, average hourly wages by job position, paid vacation, holidays, and other time off, and health insurance and retirement benefits.
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as store manager, assistant manager, department manager, department supervisor, sales specialist, sales associate, and cashier, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Ace Hard ware Corporation, Do It Best Corp., True Value Company, and United Hard ware Distributing Co.
Business Valuation Resources
Building Materials Stores
Lawn and Garden Stores
Paint and Wallpaper Stores
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