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Dec. 11, 2007 ― Fed Cuts Rates; Job Gains Slow

December 12, 2007
“The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 25 basis points to 4-1/4%,” the Federal Reserve has reported.
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Dec. 5, 2007 ― Construction Spending Drops In October But Nonres Rises

December 5, 2007
Construction spending in October, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.158 trillion, fell 0.8 percent from September and 0.6 percent from October 2006, according to the Census Bureau.
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Nov. 28, 2007 ― Beige Book, Housing, Jobs Reports Show Large Variation By Region

November 30, 2007
Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts suggest that the national economy continued to expand during the survey period of October through mid-November but at a reduced pace compared with the previous survey period.
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Nov. 12, 2007 ― Starts Drop In October; Wind, Ethanol Projects May Stall; Banks Get Pickier

November 12, 2007
New construction starts turned down in October, as tabulated today by Reed Construction Data.
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Nov. 2, 2007 ― Nonresidential Construction Employment, Pay, Spending Rise Despite Housing Slump

November 2, 2007
Employment rose 166,000 in October and 1.6 million over 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.7%.
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Reed, Fed, NAHB Data Reveal Nonres Strength, Housing Woes; State Jobs Data Are Mixed

May 22, 2007
Evidence that nonresidential construction remains robust came from Reed Construction Data, which reported on May 14 that the January-April value of nonresidential construction starts from Reed’s database was 22% higher than in the same months of 2006.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports Construction PPIs, Futures Prices Show Mixed Trends

May 15, 2007
The PPI for finished goods increased 0.7% in April, seasonally adjusted, following advances of 1% in March and 1.3% in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported.
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Economic Update: Producer prices cool in January

February 20, 2007
The producer price index (PPI) for finished goods slipped 0.2% in January, seasonally adjusted, and rose just 0.2% over the past 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Friday.
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AGC's Construction Inflation Alert

November 30, 2005
Widespread materials inflation demands industry attention.
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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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