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Tool & Hardware Wholesaling in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

Tool & Hardware Wholesaling in Canada

Industry performance is a function of domestic manufacturing and construction output, although some operators close to the border sell to US markets as well. Over the past five years, the industry has benefited from growth in residential construction markets across North America, as well as steady growth in manufacturing markets. As a result, despite a somewhat sluggish economy, industry revenue has grown over the five years to 2018. Over the five years to 2023, IBISWorld expects the industry to experience more subdued growth. While domestic manufacturing markets are forecast to continue to slowly expand, the industry will be hampered by poor expected performance in domestic residential construction markets, with housing starts forecast to decline over the next five years. However, rising government spending and improving commodity markets should result in improving nonresidential construction figures, which will help to counteract poor performance in residential markets to some extent. Overall, revenue is expected to grow over the five years to 2023.

This industry wholesales a range of hardware products including fasteners, hand tools, power tools, locks and keys, metal knives and saw blades. Wholesalers purchase products in bulk and distribute them at competitive prices to users in the manufacturing, construction and commercial sectors. However, this industry does not distribute motor vehicle hand tools or machinists’ precision hand tools.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Industrial capacity utilization
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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