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Hardware Stores – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5251  |  NAICS 444140

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Hardware Stores  (view report)
Online Hardware & Tool Sales  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

The Hardware Connection, Inc.
HC Magazine

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.

HBS Dealer

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.

Publications available from this trade association include:

Hardware Retailing
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.

Market Measure
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.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Hardware Stores  Search for "444130" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide 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

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Hardware Stores  Search for "444130" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Industry Financial Ratios
(see links for individual reports)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and an array of industry financial ratios, with the financial ratio data presented on an annual basis for the four most recent years for which data is available and on a historical average basis over three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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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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.

PayScale, Inc.
Hardware Store

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.

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BV Guides and Databases

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