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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

election

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 »

Consumer Confidence Lags in the Second Quarter

consumer confidence

Consumer Confidence and Manufacturing Drop in Q2 Home sales and home prices were up in the second quarter of 2016, but other economic indicators didn’t look so good in the U.S. Consumer confidence, as reported in The Conference Board’s Consumer ... Read More »

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Delay Overtime Rule

overtime rule

Retailers may have more time to prepare for the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule if a bill becomes law. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 246 to 177 in favor of legislation to delay the start date of the overtime ... Read More »

What Does Brexit Mean for U.S. Home Improvement?

The British exit from the European Union, commonly referred to as Brexit, has global ramifications, but its impact on U.S. businesses is still to be seen. The U.K. is feeling the strongest and most immediate economic impacts of the Brexit vote in June, but the decision will affect the ... Read More »

Walmart Introduces Training Programs to Compete

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Walmart has long been criticized for offering low-skilled jobs that pay little and offer few opportunities to move up. Now, it’s fighting back against those criticisms by offering new training programs for its employees. According to an article from The ... Read More »