Building Material Dealers Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 5/10/2021
SIC Codes: 5211
NAICS Codes: 4441
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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 Menards (all based in the US), as well as Beijing Easyhome Investment Holdings Group and Red Star Macalline (both based in China), Home Improvement Hirose (Japan), Kingfisher (UK), Bauhaus and Tengelmann-owned OBI (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 about $660 billion, according to the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers. North America and Europe make up about 85% of the global DIY market. The three major DIY countries in Europe (Germany, France, and the UK) represent more than half of the European market.

The US building materials dealer industry includes about 57,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual sales of about $303 billion. 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 such as electrical supply and plumbing supply stores.


Demand is driven mainly by residential real estate construction and renovation. The profitability of individual companies depends on merchandising and customer ...

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