Distributors, manufacturers and industry representatives alike are pinning their expectations for the year primarily on the speed of the vaccine rollout. With that in mind, they are largely bullish on the second half of the year.
These are the latest indicators on revenue and pricing based on fourth-quarter 2020 results and distributor and manufacturer expectations for first-quarter and full-year 2021. Distributors are optimistic about future business performance.
Our first quarterly data issue of 2021 is packed with benchmark information from the fourth quarter of 2020 to help guide your decision-making. It includes sector-specific commentary from distributors in the industrial, electrical, HVAC/plumbing, building products, gases/welding, pipes, valves and fittings markets. You will also find the latest pricing trends and financial metrics and trading multiples.
Housing starts also up — in the low double digits — compared to year-ago period and the previous month, according to the latest residential construction report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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