Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) released its monthly TRENDS report, showing average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 19.5 percent in August 2016.
The average annualized growth for the 12 months through August 2016 was 7.8 percent. The annual growth rate has been at 7 percent or more for three consecutive months after remaining within a narrow 6 percent to 7 percent range for most of the prior two years.
“An unusually strong report is usually the result of some special factors,” said HARDI Market Research & Benchmarking Analyst Brian Loftus. “Besides being much warmer than the prior year in much of the country during August, all of the country experienced two extra billing days versus August 2015.”
HARDI Senior Economist Connor Lokar said the report, besides the billing day distortion, reflects the strong housing market.
“Despite inventory constraints on the low-end, New Home Sales are doing quite well. New Home Sales over the last 12 months are up 10.6 percent from one year ago, and during the three months ending in July, sales accelerated 21.6 percent from the 2015 level,” Lokar said.
HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.