The BlueTarp Building Supply Index – 2018 Q1

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The unadjusted Index average is 134.14 and 12 month trailing average is 126.13


graph displaying the BlueTarp Building Supply Index up to Q1 2018

How to Interpret the Index

BlueTarp’s Building Supply Index is a quarterly measure of the economic health of the building supply industry. The Index is a weighted composite of proprietary BlueTarp spending and delinquency data as well as three macro-economic factors: building permits, construction spend, and consumer confidence. BlueTarp’s spending and delinquency data offers a unique cross-section of the industry, representing trends from experience with 120,000 pro customers at over 2,000 suppliers across the United States including hardware stores, lumber yards, building material suppliers, flooring, and plumbing/HVAC.

The index value of 100 is benchmarked to April 2013. Values below 100 reflect recessionary or recovering performance. Values above 100 reflect healthy economic activity. The Index shows both an unadjusted and 12-month trailing average view to incorporate seasonality. The best way to interpret the unadjusted view is to compare current quarter performance to the same quarter the previous year. The best way to read the trailing average view, is quarter to quarter in the same year. A higher value vs. previous timeframe reflects further strengthening. A lower value would indicate weakening.

Macro-Economic Drivers

graphs displaying consumer confidence, construction spend, building permits


Spend and Delinquency

How to Read This:

The chart above reflects a trailing 12-month average of our proprietary spend and delinquency data from pro customers of BlueTarp’s 2,000+ suppliers across the US. Each data point reflects the average spend and delinquency of contractors for a given month. The best way to read is to compare data point to data point.

Contractor Sentiment

graphs showing contractor sentiment on how sales are trending and their view on the health of the US economy


  • 60% of respondents expect the next 12-months to somewhat or significantly improve.
  • Contractors were encouraged by the increase in customer spend, driven by consumer confidence, and proposed tax breaks for businesses.