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Construction starts dive, but housing sales improve

August 28, 2012
July brings the pace of total construction starts back to the lackluster activity reported at the outset of 2012. Separate reports from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the National Association of Realtors and the Census Bureau showed, respectively, rising prices for existing single-family houses, rising sales and falling inventories for existing homes, and rising sales and record-low inventories of new homes.
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New kids on the block

Generation Y is easier to understand than you think.
August 1, 2012
Southern Wholesalers Association convention in Panama City Beach, Fla., in late June. As Hira pointed out, to qualify for the Generation Y designation you need to have a birth year between the late 1970s and 1995. My early 1970s birth year bumps me back to the Generation X category (1964-1977).
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Housing starts offer positive numbers in June

July 19, 2012
Housing starts increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 760,000 in June.
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Construction hiring stalls, unemployment falls in June

July 6, 2012
The unemployment rate for former construction workers was 12.8%, not seasonally adjusted, down from 15.6% in June 2011 and 20.1% in June 2010.
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Why wholesalers need the cloud

Round-the-clock access, less IT work makes this new technology worth the investment.
July 1, 2012
s businesses look to trim costs on information technology (IT), many are gravitating to cloud computing as a way to increase efficiency and economics. But what is the “cloud” and how can it help your business?
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More metros lost than gained construction jobs in last 12 months

June 29, 2012
An AGC analysis released June 26 showed construction employment increased in 126 out of 337 areas for which BLS provides construction data (including divisions of larger metros), declined in 164 and stayed stagnant in 47.
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Construction jobs shrink in May, April construction spending rises

June 4, 2012
Over the past two years, construction employment was virtually unchanged but the number of unemployed hardhats fell by 605,000, suggesting workers are quitting construction, either to take jobs elsewhere, return to school, retire or otherwise leave the workforce.
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Interline Brands acquired for $1.1 billion by GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners

May 30, 2012
The definitive agreement will be for $25.50 per share in cash.
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Murray Supply makes big gains by starting over and investing in its people

A new foundation
May 1, 2012
Te fact is simple: North Carolina-based plumbing wholesaler Murray Supply Co. made a strong surge in Supply House Times’ Premier 125 survey from 2011 to 2012. The explanations of this rise aren’t so simple.
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PPI jumps in March, more metros add jobs

April 13, 2012
The PPI for inputs to construction industries jumped 1.4% for the month, following a 0.9% gain in February, and 3.8% over 12 months.
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