Under the hammer: The exit of Masters will create new opportunities for remaining players

IBISWorld’s Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Increased residential building investment, rising household discretionary income, and growth in the number of households have supported the performance of the Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing industry over the past five years. Households undertaking DIY home improvement renovations and repairs have also boosted the industry's performance. An undersupply of affordable housing and rising house prices have deterred many home owners from moving, instead choosing to improve their existing homes through DIY renovations. This has contributed to industry revenue growth over the past five years. In addition, the removal of mortgage exit fees has made it easier for home owners to refinance and unlock equity in their homes, and this equity can be put towards home improvement projects...

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Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing industry has undergone significant structural changes over the past five years as large national retail chains have fought to capture more of the expanding DIY home improvement market. Woolworths entered the industry in 2011-12, spending billions rolling out a network of big-box stores under the Masters brand to challenge Bunnings' national retail dominance. In response, Bunnings continued to expand its existing network of warehouses, steadily lifting its market share.

The industry's performance depends on private capital expenditure trends for new and existing properties. The largest market for industry operators is DIY customers undertaking renovation, maintenance and building projects on existing homes. Alt..

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Industry Products

What is the Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing Industry?

Industry operators retail hardware and building supplies to households and tradespeople. These retailers stock a range of goods including hardware, timber, tools, paint, plumbing supplies and garden tools. The industry excludes companies that primarily retail garden supplies such as plants, seeds and soil.

Industry Products
Tools and equipment
Building supplies
Gardening tools
Paint and paint supplies
Plumbing supplies
Other hardware products
Industry Activities
Hardware retailing
Tool and equipment retailing
Plumbing fixture and fitting retailing
Paint retailing
Garden tool retailing
Timber retailing
Cement retailing
Wallpaper retailing
Carpenter and woodworker tool retailing
Ceramic floor tile retailing

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About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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