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Home Improvement Spending to Reach $316B

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According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Americans are expected to spend $316 billion on home improvement upgrades this year, reports The Wall Street Journal. Because of this growth in home improvement spending, home improvement retailers have continued to ... Read More »

Shuttered Retail Spaces Can Lead to Increased Crime

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A June 2017 Harvard Business Review study finds that shuttered retail spaces can lead to an increase in crime and theft in their immediate vicinity. However, an operational store can provide communities roughly $30,000 annually in social benefits by reducing crime and ... Read More »

Expert Q&A: The State of the Housing Market

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Kermit Baker is a senior research fellow at the Joint Center for Housing at Harvard University and the project director of the Remodeling Futures Program. The goal of this program is to develop an improved understanding of the dynamics of the U.S. ... Read More »

Q&A: Economist Shares Outlook on 2017

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Jack Kleinhenz is chief economist for the National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association. Formerly with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Kleinhenz is a contributing forecaster to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Federal Reserve Bank of ... Read More »

2016 Market Measure

2016 Market Measure

To download a PDF of the complete 2016 Market Measure, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. The Ups and Downs of a Positive Year To simply state that 2016 has been a good year for home improvement ... Read More »

Black Friday Won’t Be the Busiest Shopping Day

Busiest Shopping Day

According to retail analytics company RetailNext, Black Friday will no longer hold the top spot as the busiest shopping day of the year. As retailers expand sale windows and move promotions online, consumers are spreading out their shopping days, too. ... Read More »

5 Post-Election Changes for Businesses

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The election is over, so what’s next for businesses in the coming years? Donald Trump is the next president, some states are increasing minimum wages and a variety of other changes are ahead for U.S. companies. Do you know what to expect?  Inc. magazine offers ... Read More »

Business Owners Feel Weight of Economic Uncertainty

Small business owners have recently expressed more uncertainty about the economy than they have in over four decades, according to a Nov. 2 report from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). The information comes from the NFIB Uncertainty Index. The index shows ... Read More »