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Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul
Melanie is the managing editor for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She has worked for the association since 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking without recipes and watching online makeup tutorials. She and her husband are raising their son and two fur children in Indianapolis.

Sherwin-Williams’ Valspar Acquisition Approved


Last Friday, federal regulators approved Sherwin-Williams’ acquisition of Valspar Corp. as both companies agreed to sell Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings Business, reports Reuters. Valspar sold its coatings business, which manufactures stains, sealants and other coatings products, to Axalta in …

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Sears Reports ‘Challenging Quarter’ With 20 Percent Loss

Sears Canada

Sears Holdings Corp. reported a 20 percent year-over-year revenue loss in its first-quarter financial results, which the company attributed to having fewer operational stores. The struggling retailer also noted an 11.9 percent decline in comparable store sales. Kmart stores lost sales in …

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Lowe’s Reports Q1 Growth


Lowe’s reported growth in its first-quarter financial results for the year, which the company released Wednesday. The company’s first quarter ended May 5. The big-box home improvement retailer reported sales growth of 10.7 percent over the same period last year, …

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Sears Sues a Manufacturer, Loses Different Lawsuit

Sears Holdings

This week, Sears Holdings Corp. filed a lawsuit against one manufacturer and lost a suit brought by a different toolmaker. In a company blog post from May 15, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Edward Lampert announced that the company would be “taking a …

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Walmart Invests in E-Commerce With Tech Incubator Store No. 8

Store No. 8

In late March, Walmart announced its latest technology endeavor, Store No. 8, which was established to incubate startup companies, reports Forbes. According to Forbes, it will fund e-commerce startup companies. “We’ll be bringing in entrepreneurs and giving them capital,” says Jet.com …

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Target’s Q1 Results: ‘Strong’ in ‘Choppy’ Retail World


Target released its first-quarter financial results Wednesday, citing a comparable sales decline of 1.3 percent over sales in the first quarter of 2016. Target chairman and CEO Brian Cornell says the company performed better than expected in the first three …

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Mother’s Day Spending to Exceed $23B

Mother's Day

The National Retail Federation (NRF) released data late last month projecting Mother’s Day spending to reach a record $23.6 billion. NRF partnered with Prosper Insights & Analytics to conduct its annual survey of Mother’s Day shoppers, discovering the 14-year record …

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Independent We Stand Travels the Rocky Mountains

main streets

Independent We Stand, a movement committed to strengthening small businesses throughout the country, recently completed its annual road trip in celebration of locally owned businesses. During the road trips, Independent We Stand travels to five cities in five states in five days, visiting …

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