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HD Supply Lands In Top 200 Of InformationWeek 500

October 24, 2011
HD Supply was recognized for its comprehensive IT Operations Management Suite. 
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PPI, Highway Index Show Contractors' Cost Squeeze; Reed, Census Starts Are Volatile

October 24, 2011
The producer price index for inputs to construction industries - a weighted average of the price of all goods used in every type of construction, plus items consumed by contractors, such as diesel fuel - was flat for September but up 8.1 percent over the September 2010 level.
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Ferguson Sales Up 9% From Last Year

October 7, 2011
Ferguson posted $8.8 billion revenue in the 2011 fiscal year, a 9% gain in sales over 2010.
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U.S. Plumbing Fixtures, Fittings Demand To Reach $11 Billion

October 5, 2011
Demand for plumbing fixtures and fittings in the United States will rise 7.1% per year to $10.9 billion in 2015, according to a new study by The Freedonia Group.
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MHC Says Starts Rise In August; Housing Is Mixed; Retail Remains Weak; Industrial Gains

September 26, 2011
The pickup for total construction in August was the result of greater activity for each of construction’s three main sectors - nonresidential building [7 percent], residential building [4 percent] and nonbuilding construction [13 percent]. For the first eight months of 2011, total construction on an unadjusted basis was down 6 percent from the same period a year ago.
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Construction Stayed Weak In New Beige Book Survey; NAHB Says Multifamily Improved

September 15, 2011
"Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve districts indicated that economic activity continued to expand at a modest pace, though some districts noted mixed or weakening activity," the Fed reported.
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Housing Starts Down Slightly, Remodeling Activity Continues Climb

August 16, 2011
Nationwide housing starts edged down 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 604,000 units in July, while the June BuildFax Remodeling Index reported its highest remodeling numbers in 20 months.
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Remodeling Activity Slows Under Economic Uncertainty, Lending Requirements

August 4, 2011
“While the RMI indicates that the home remodeling market softened somewhat in the second quarter, this is still the second highest RMI we’ve been able to report since the third quarter of 2007,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.
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Construction Spending Climbs In June; Metro Areas Divide Between Job Gains, Losses

August 2, 2011
Construction spending totaled $772 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in June, up 0.2 percent from the rate in May but down 4.7 percent from June 2010, the Census Bureau reported Aug. 1.
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May Marks Remodeling Record High

July 18, 2011
BuildFax reported a record high for remodeling activity in May 2011.
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BNP Media's Plumbing Group Visits Grundfos North American Headquarters

BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.


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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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