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Todd Taber

Todd Taber
Todd is trends editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. He graduated from Indiana University where he majored in journalism and French. Throughout his career, he has aimed to highlight small businesses and their community value. He joined NRHA in 2017.

Consumer Confidence, Home Prices Rise

Consumer Confidence

U.S. consumer confidence rose in the second quarter of 2017, showing a nearly 25 percent increase over year-to-year 2016 levels. Prices of existing home sales also continued to climb, buoyed by a June 2017 peak.  The Consumer Confidence Index rose …

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Amazon Searches for Second HQ, Walmart Stays Put

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Amazon and Walmart, two of the country’s largest retailers, are taking drastically different approaches to choosing locations for their corporate headquarters, The New York Times reports. Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive, sent a letter to employees earlier this month, announcing …

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Research Conference Details Optimistic Home Improvement Outlook

HIRI

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) recently presented the latest research on home improvement trends and the economic and social factors affecting the channel. Speakers at September’s 2017 Insights Conference in Chicago addressed topics including customer service, home technology and …

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Lumber Prices Rise After Hurricanes, Political Deadlock

lumber

Recent hurricanes in the southern U.S. and an ongoing political deadlock between the U.S. and Canadian governments threaten to raise the prices of softwood lumber, reports Canadian newspaper The National Post. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce claimed …

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Houston Retailer Regroups as Hurricane Harvey Weakens

hurricane harvey

As Hurricane Harvey dissipates, retailers in its wake are ready to regroup, survey the damage and chart a path forward. Susan Murff, co-owner of Cypress Hardware and Feed in Houston, considers herself fortunate. Her store suffered minor roof leaks but did …

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The Importance of Business Valuations Before Retirement

Most small business owners know that planning for retirement is crucial. But according to an article from Entrepreneur, very few business owners are aware of their operation’s true value or take steps to receive accurate business valuations well before considering retiring. …

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Amazon Plans Online Home Makeover Show

amazon

Amazon is launching “Overhaul,” an online series that tracks the progress of YouTube video creators as they remodel their homes. The decorations, furniture and other products used in the episodes will also be available for purchase directly through Amazon, Business …

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Home Depot Converts 50 Store Rooftops Into Mini Solar Farms

home depot solar

The Home Depot Inc. will transform 50 of its stores’ rooftops into mini solar farms, according to a report from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In partnership with Current, a subsidiary of General Electric Company, and Tesla, Home Depot will participate …

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