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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 »

House-Hasson’s Big Year for New Stores, Remodels

This year has been big for House-Hasson Hardware, which completed more new stores and remodels for dealers in 2015 than in any other year in the company’s history. House-Hasson reached store-set records for itself in 2013 and 2014, but this past ... Read More »

Shopping at Amazon Vs. a Local Business

Consumers need to understand the impact of buying products through Amazon rather than local businesses, such as independent home improvement retailers. Here’s a way to educate your customers. The Advocates for Independent Business created an infographic that shows the difference consumers make on ... Read More »

Home Sales Decrease From September to October

October home sales declined since September, but remained higher than in October 2014. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions on single-family homes, town homes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 3.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.36 million in October from ... Read More »

Home Sales and Prices Increase in Q3

Both home sales and home prices were on the rise throughout the U.S. in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales, including for single-family houses and condominiums, increased 3.4 percent from the second quarter to the third ... Read More »