Building sales have slowed in the past few months, says wholesaler Spar, suggesting that the home improvement boom that has boosted companies including Massmart-owned Builders and Pepkor’s Building Company is tapering off.

Spar, a wholesaler in Switzerland, Poland, Ireland and SA, released a 48-week trading update from October 1 to August 27. While its local hardware business saw 27.6% growth, the pace had slowed significantly since March...

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