Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
While the Canadian Lumber and Building Material Stores industry escaped the recession relatively unscathed, operators have faced a number of fundamental challenges over the past five years. Heightened competition and rising purchasing costs have cut into operators' profit margins and forced a number of smaller operators to merge to remain competitive. Over the next five years, private contractors will demand less industry products, slightly slowing revenue growth... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
As with most retailers, the location of establishments falls broadly in line with the region's population and commercial activity. In theory, the greater the number of residents and the larger the commercial presence, the stronger the demand will be for lumber and building material stores.
The province of Ontario houses the majority of industry establishments (37.5%), which is generally in line with its share of the nation's population (38.5%). Ontario is home to three of Canada's largest cities (Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton) as well as a sizeable portion of the country's manufacturing, financial and high-tech activities... purchase to read more