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LATEST NEWS, EVENTS & FEATURES                               July 25, 2019
June Construction Starts Climb 9 Percent

New construction starts in June advanced 9% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $832.7 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
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Temperature Can Make You a More Competitive Buyer

Published in the July issue of the Journal of Marketing, the study analyzed housing auction data and reported results of a series of six designed and controlled auctions and negotiations.
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Grainger Reports Results For The 2019 Second Quarter

Sales of $2.9 billion in the quarter increased 1 percent versus the 2018 second quarter.
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Owens Corning Reports Second-Quarter 2019 Results

Second-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings were $143 million, or $1.31 per diluted share.
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Smart Home, Connected Products Growing Trend at the Inspired Home Show in 2020

As housewares increasingly evolves into the realm of the smart home, innovations from established and start-up companies are making connected and smart products an expanding part of our everyday lives.
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Online Research Drives In-Store Sales

The days are long gone when a customer drops by the local hardware store to buy an expensive tool, sight unseen.
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Home Improvement Industry Insight:
In a recent survey across the home improvement retailers, manufacturers and vendors were asked, “What is the projected sales increase for the balance of 2019 vs 2018?” and over 53% responded it will be up greater than 5% compared to last year.

Ace Hardware Recognized as a Leader in Localized Social Marketing

The research examined the top franchise marketing brands on their performance in localized social marketing in three key areas: the brands’ localized presence, customer care, and local community engagement. 
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Home Depot: Feeding a Community One Pantry at a Time

Lansing and its surrounding communities now have more than 50 Cardboard Prophet pantries. An interactive Google Map helps individuals easily find them.
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CEMEX Ventures Presents the 10 Most Promising Construction Startups Of 2019

CEMEX Ventures celebrated its Pitch Day, an event at which the 10 winners of the Construction Startup Competition 2019 presented their solutions to a jury of experts in construction, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
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