Table showing percentage changes in ProSales 100 sales and U.S. housing starts between 2003 and 2017

There's good reason for LBM dealers to pay attention to housing starts, but new-home construction isn't the exclusive determinant of how dealers perform. Here we've taking percentage changes in each year's ProSales 100's total sales between 2003 and 2017 and compared it to the percentage change in housing starts. The result: Some connection, but in general, dealers do better than housing starts both going up and going down.

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