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Companies in this industry are primarily engaged in retail sales of new building materials and supplies. Major companies include Home Depot, Lowe's, and Menard (all based in the US) as well as Beijing Easyhome Investment Holding Group and Red Star Macalline International (both based in China), Home Improvement Hirose (Japan), Kingfisher plc (UK), and Praktiker and Tengelmann (both based in Germany). Some independently owned stores belong to wholesale cooperatives, such as Ace Hardware and True Value Company in the US, that buy materials in bulk and resell them to members.
Worldwide, the global do-it-yourself (DIY) and home improvement market, which includes building material dealers, is valued at more than $500 billion, according to the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers. Some of the leading retailers of building materials are based in Germany, the UK, and the US.
The US building materials dealer industry includes more than 40,000 companies with combined annual sales of about $230 billion and is expected to experience a high growth rate over the next two years. Growth drivers include the gradually improving US residential construction sector, and rising demand for remodeling.
The industry includes home centers and hardware stores and paint and wallpaper stores, which are covered in separate industry profiles, as well as specialized building material retailers.
Demand is driven mainly by residential real estate construction and renovation. The profitability of individual companies depends on ...
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