by Freedonia Industry Studies
March 18, 2021
Even as massive storms hampered consumer spending overall in February, the publication of the February retail sales report by the US Department of Commerce showed generally positive signs for building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. As with most categories, sales declined in February after a strong showing in January; however, they were still more than 13% higher in 2021 than they were in February 2020 (the last pre-pandemic month of 2020 to compare to).
Retail sales in this segment often retreat in February, and 2021 was no different. This contraction in sales was due a number of factors:
Still, overall sales by dealers of building materials and garden equipment were supported by factors such as:
Going forward, retail sales for building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers are expected to rise again in March and April. Not only do these months traditionally indicate the start of the outdoor season in much of the country, tax return checks and additional stimulus checks will likely spur additional spending. Despite the boom in spending on outdoor home improvements in 2020, fresh insights from The Freedonia Group National Online Survey (conducted February to March 2021) indicate that many households still have plans to make improvements to their yards and outdoor spaces in 2021.
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