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Sherwin-Williams to Buy Valspar for $11.3B

Sherwin-Williams

Two major U.S. paint companies will soon be consolidating, if all goes as planned. On Sunday, The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Valspar Corporation together announced they had entered into an agreement in which Sherwin-Williams will acquire Valspar for $11.3 billion. Combining the two companies’ …

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Warm Weather, Buying Trends Drive Growth in Camping Equipment Sales

Camping Equipment

Retailers have been pulling out their camping related gear a little early this year. According to a report by global information company The NPD Group, many retailers saw a rise in camping-related equipment in what is typically a colder time …

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Trends Spotted at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show

Trends

Retailers across several industries gathered in Chicago at the McCormick Center to check out the latest and greatest products and innovations to hit the market. Thousands of new items were on display at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS), which ran March …

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Paint Selling Tips From a Color Expert

Paint Color Expert

When a customer browses through the many paint swatches in your paint department, are you able to help them decide which color to choose? Ultimately, the final decision is theirs, but with some knowledge from a color expert in your …

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Five Ways to Improve Your Paint Department

Paint Department

To view a PDF of this story, click here and to read a Q&A from an architectural color consultant about her insights and advice on color.  By: Jesse Carleton jcarleton@nrha.org  If you sell paint, you’ve got a lot of company. Specialty stores, other independent home improvement …

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8 Trends That Impact Home Value (Infographic)

Housing Trends

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Houston Stores Feature Unique Goods, Experience

Houston

In the city of Houston, Texas, the sun seems to shine year round and consumers are often on the hunt to find ways to enhance their living space, indoors and out. From an emphasis on top-of-the-line grills and accessories, to a love for …

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Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for 2016

Tax Credit

Tax season is here, and as homeowners begin filling out their tax forms, they’re likely looking for all of the deductions they can take. The federal government recently extended some of the tax credits on purchases made of ENERGY STAR …

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