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Home Builders and Designers Gather in Las Vegas

International Builders' Show

Home builders, designers and manufacturers all flocked to the Las Vegas Convention Center yesterday to kick off Design & Construction Week. Founding partners the National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen and Bath Association are co-locating the International Builders’ Show® ... Read More »

Housing Starts Reach Seven-Year High

consumer confidence

The number of housing starts in the U.S. rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.2 million in November, or 16.5 percent growth above November 2014, for a seven-year high. Single-family production increased 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate ... Read More »

Holiday Spending Grows — Especially Online

Holiday Shopping

Paying for more experiences and shopping with cash saved at the gas pump were among the reasons for an uptick in holiday spending in 2015. Overall spending jumped 7.9 percent from the previous year, according to the MasterCard SpendingPulse report. This ... Read More »

Strong Industry Growth, Big Possibilities

As seen in the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Hardware Retailing’s 2015 Market Measure, the home improvement industry experienced favorable growth in 2015, growing nearly 5 percent above 2014. This steady growth was also seen in research gathered by ... Read More »

Employment Numbers Strong in November

U.S. employment numbers were solid for the month of November. The unemployment rate stayed steady at 5 percent and 211,000 new jobs were added nationally, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From October to November, the number of ... Read More »

Study: Consumer Confidence Will Bolster Holiday Sales

The holiday shopping season is already in high gear, and it looks like consumer confidence will translate to higher holiday sales this year, according to a study by Synchrony Financial. The study found that of the consumers surveyed, 47 percent are ... Read More »

151 Million People Shopped Thanksgiving Weekend

Black Friday

Thanksgiving weekend proved busy for retail, as millions of consumers shopped in stores and online. While Black Friday doesn’t necessarily garner the same frenzy from consumers it once did, the weekend still brought millions out to score deals and discounts, according to The Washington Post. ... Read More »

2015 Market Measure

To download a PDF of the complete 2015 Market Measure, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. It doesn’t take an Ivy League economist to explain what happens when consumers have more money in their pockets, their homes’ ... Read More »