BlueLinx Holdings, the Atlanta-based building materials distributor, reported sales of $517 million for its second fiscal quarter, a 3.3% gain over sales of $500.8 million in the same quarter of 2011. The increase in revenue was attributed to increased underlying product prices for both specialty and structural product categories. Overall unit volume declined 1.3% compared with the same period a year ago as seasonal demand was pulled forward by favorable weather experienced during the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the company said.
BlueLinx reported a net loss of $ 3.7 million for the second quarter, compared with $9.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. Gross margins increased to 12.2% from the 11.5% generated in the year-ago period. These increases reflect the company's continued focus on margin expansion and rising product prices for many of the products distributed, including key grades of wood-based products, and a shift to the warehouse channel from the direct and reload channels.
Year-to-date, BlueLinx posted revenu