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HARDI distributor sales forecast for a strong 2012

April 6, 2012
HARDI’s Monthly TRENDS Report showed growth in all seven U.S. regions; three in double-digits.
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Half of metro areas add construction jobs

March 27, 2012
Half of metros add construction jobs; starts drop, MHC says; ABI stays barely favorable
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HVACR Distributor Sales Up 6.2% in January

March 9, 2012
HARDI’s TRENDS Report showed growth in six of seven U.S. regions, three in double digits.
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Changing times

The next generation of wholesalers is a hot topic at Omni's Spring Meeting 2012.
March 1, 2012
Regardless of the industry, there comes a point where a changing of the guard occurs from one generation to the next.
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Construction employment below peak in all but eight areas; Jan. starts dip

February 24, 2012
The value of new construction starts fell 2%, seasonally adjusted, in January, McGraw-Hill Construction reported Feb. 21, based on data it collected.
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PPI moderates in January but some increases loom; housing starts, factory output rise

February 20, 2012
The PPI for inputs to construction industries rose 0.4% for the month and 4.5% over 12 months. Although higher than the finished goods PPI, the 12-month increase was the mildest for construction materials since the year ending in September 2010.
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Construction Jobs Drop In November; Census, Reed Say Spending Rose In October

December 6, 2011
The drop in industry unemployment, unaccompanied by a rise in construction employment, suggests workers are finding jobs in other industries, retiring, returning to school or training, or leaving the workforce. That may make hiring more difficult when construction demand picks up.
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Construction Hiring Rises, Openings Stay Scarce, Bid Prices Inch Up

November 11, 2011
The hires rate in construction jumped to 7.3 percent in September from 5.6 percent in August and 5.9 percent in September 2010.
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Senate Approves 3% Withholding Repeal, Adds Veteran Employment Tax Credit

November 11, 2011
The U.S. Senate Nov. 10 unanimously approved legislation to repeal a federal mandate that government agencies withhold part of their payments to contractors and added an amendment to provide tax credits to companies that hire veterans.
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Housing, Commercial Building Starts May Improve Slightly In 2012

October 27, 2011
However, overall U.S. construction starts for next year will remain essentially flat, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook.
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In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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