Retail building materials: $210.9 million, a decrease of 5.4 percent from the same period of 2010.Unit sales to this market declined 2.0 percent as consumer demand remained soft. Sales to big box customers declined while sales to regional retailers grew. The Home Improvement Research Institute states that acceleration in the growth of home improvement products will be held back by continuing weakness in the housing market, and calls for growth of home improvement product sales averaging 3.7 percent over 2012-2013. Universal is aggressively focusing on providing new products for this market, and remains persistent in its efforts to be the low-cost producer.
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