TheNew York Timesreports that, with the housing market in the doldrums and inflation running at a pace unseen in nearly two decades, consumers are not buying new homes. Instead they are focusing on repairs.
TheNew York Timesreports that consumers
wallets are being “pinched,” and, with the housing market tanking and inflation
increasing at a pace unseen in nearly two decades, they’re not buying new
homes. Instead they are fixing up the ones they have, “a trend that is beginning
to show up in the financial reports of retailers.”
to Carol B. Tomé, chief financial officer and executive vice president for
corporate services at Home Depot, “Customers are moving away from discretionary
projects and are spending money on small repair projects.”
Depot reported a 24 percent decline in profit in its second quarter on Tuesday,
though it beat Wall Street estimates. Some of its best-performing categories
were related to home repair, like plumbing and goods for the kitchen and bath.
is as basic as it can get in terms of repair,” Tomé said in the article. “It
outperformed the company average.”
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