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Construction Spending Hits 11-Yr. Low, ARRA Added Jobs

July 6, 2011
Construction spending in May totaled $753 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, the sixth consecutive monthly decrease and the lowest figure since 1999, the Census Bureau reported July 1.
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May Sales Show HARDI Members Slowly Recovering

June 30, 2011
According to HARDI’s latest May TRENDS survey, HVAC/R distributor sales are up 6.4% in North America from the same time last year and rebounding from a flat April.
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Multi-Family Housing Permits Jump in May

June 16, 2011
IHS Global Insight has reported that May housing starts rose 3.5% to a 560,000 annual rate.
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HD Supply Reports 1Q Gains

June 16, 2011
HD Supply reported net sales of $1.9 billion for the fiscal 2011 first quarter ended May 1, 2011.
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Economic Slowdown May Only Be Temporary

June 14, 2011
Although it seems that in recent weeks the market has reflected a new sense of impending doom, manufacturing industry economist, Dr. Chris Kuehl says the slowdown is only temporary and not the start of another breakdown in the economy.
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New Home Sales Up, Inventory Still Down in April

May 24, 2011
According to findings from IHS Global Insight, new home sales increased 7.3% in April to a 323,000 annual rate.
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ASA Members Positive About Continued Growth

May 17, 2011
Read here for ASA’s Monthly Sales Report.
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Canadian Wholesalers Report 4.8% Increase In March

May 17, 2011
Biggest growth for Canadian wholesalers was in industrial PVF for month of March and year-to-date.
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April PPI For Inputs Again Outpaces Finished Building Prices

May 13, 2011
The PPI for inputs to construction industries - a blend of all materials used in every type of construction, plus items consumed by contractors such as diesel fuel - rose 1.4 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively.
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Remodeling Activity Improving In Many Markets

April 28, 2011
"While credit scarcity and economic uncertainty continue to weigh down remodeling, signs of increasing consumer interest are promising," says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.
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