The Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment Wholesaling industry provides construction supplies such as plumbing fixtures, hand tools and water heaters to construction contractors and hardware stores. This means its performance is largely based on demand from these downstream markets and it suffered with them during the economic downturn. The financial crisis of 2008 brought with it high unemployment levels and falling business revenue, sending a number of firms into administration. As a result, industry revenue began the five-year period from a low base in 2009-10, when revenue was 12.3% than in the previous year. It is still not close to regaining pre-recession levels.
Companies in this industry wholesale a wide variety of hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies. This includes water heaters, fittings and fixtures, and tools such as hammers.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.