Construction zone: Increasing building activity will lead to steady industry growth despite heavy competition

The General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling industry in Canada achieved overall growth over the past five years due to relative stability in the Canadian housing market. New residential home construction rebounded quickly over the period, aided by the Canadian government's stimulus package, which provided much needed investment to the ailing sector. The industry was also buoyed by demand from nonresidential construction and residential renovation projects, which proved resilient throughout the period. While investment in building projects rose over the period, industry operators continued to contend with adversity in the form of competition from large suppliers. A number of large upstream manufacturers have developed their own in-house distribution divisions to replace more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry operators continued to contend with adversity in the form of competition from large suppliers
  • Operators contended with mounting competition from manufacturers that provide similar distribution services
  • The recovering economy will stimulate construction investments
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling industry in Canada has fared well over the past five years. Industry operators primarily rely on the construction industry to supply demand for building products. Unlike in the United States, the residential housing construction and renovation market, which represents 40.0% of industry demand, rebounded quickly, albeit unevenly, after the financial crisis that preceded the five years to 2017. Sensible mortgage insurance rules, which were tightened several times between 2008 and 2012, helped keep lending practices in check during the period, stifling the effect of the downturn. The housing sector was also buoyed by a government stimulus package passed in response to the recession, which included residential construction incentives...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts and Residential renovation expenditure in the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling a broad range of building supplies, such as lumber, hardware, plumbing and electrical supplies, paint, glass and other construction supplies.

    Industry Products
  • Lumber, plywood and millwork
  • Roofing, siding and insulation
  • Plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling structural building supplies
  • Selling lumber building supplies
  • Selling flooring and floor covering supplies
  • Selling paint and other building supplies
  • Selling doors, windows, flooring and roofing materials
  • Selling hardware, tools, plumbing and electrical supplies
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts
  • Residential renovation expenditure
  • Value of nonresidential construction
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Price of wood products

  • Current Performance
  • External competition
  • Operating conditions
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition and consolidation
  • Green building supply revolution
  • Table: General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Homebuilders in Canada
  • Industrial Building Construction in Canada
  • Lumber & Building Material Stores in Canada
  • Commercial Building Construction in Canada
  • Municipal Building Construction in Canada
  • Road & Highway Construction in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cement Manufacturing in Canada
  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing in Canada
  • Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing in Canada
  • Sawmills & Wood Production in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Roofing, siding and insulation
  • Other
  • Plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment
  • Lumber, plywood and millwork
  • Chart: General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Building contractors
  • Retailers
  • Wholesale distributors
  • Other businesses
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the General-Line Building Supplies Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Residential renovation expenditure (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
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