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Sector Overview: US Home and Home Improvement Retailers

Executive Summary

Each of our Sector Overview reports provides an essential briefing on a sector or market. Findings in US home and home improvement include:

  • Interest rates are likely to remain stable for the rest of the year.
  • US consumer confidence appears to have peaked and spending preferences are still directed at home improvement, but the growth rate of spending on home improvement is expected to slow.
  • Data on housing permits, starts and completions show mixed signals.
  • Growth in US existing home sales continues to experience a slowdown and home prices were up 4.2% in January 2019, based on the S&P/Case-Shiller index.
  • Lowe’s revamped management is targeting operational improvements at the company.
  • RH is positioning itself as much more than just a hardware store, calling its stores “galleries” and seeing itself building a luxury platform and brand with a “discerning level of taste.”

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