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Paycheck Protection Program Extended to Aug. 8

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The eligibility period for small businesses to apply to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended until Aug. 8, according to NPR. The program, which extends potentially forgivable loans to businesses negatively affected by COVID-19, was set to expire …

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Lawn and Garden Event spoga+gafa Postponed Until 2021

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spoga+gafa, the global lawn and garden showcase event, has postponed its previously scheduled 2020 event. Originally, the event was to take place in Cologne, Germany, Sept. 6-8, but will now be held May 30-June 1, 2021. Event organizers say going …

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Lowe’s CEO Discusses Changing Retail Landscape

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Lowe’s president and CEO Marvin Ellison recently discussed how the big-box home improvement chain is adapting to serve customers during COVID-19, prioritize shopper safety and respond to nationwide social movements. Ellison was the latest guest in the National Retail Federation‘s …

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Pending Home Sales Show 44% Rebound in May

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Pending home sales in the U.S. made a sharp rebound in May after declines in March and April, a possible sign of real estate and home construction stability after volatile weeks of COVID-19 disruption. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) …

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Updated: 19 States Mandate Masks in Public Spaces

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As some localities’ COVID-19 restrictions ease, certain U.S. states have moved to mandate the use of masks and face coverings while in public, CNN reports. California: As of June 18, Gov. Newsom has issued a statewide order requiring the use …

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NRHA Data Reveals COVID-19’s Home Improvement Impact

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To understand how COVID-19, shelter-in-place restrictions and customers’ new expectations for safe, reliable home improvement shopping were impacting the industry, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) recently deployed the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. In total, nearly 300 independent home …

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True Value Announces Virtual Fall 2020 Reunion

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True Value Co. has announced the transition of its previously scheduled Fall 2020 Reunion to a virtual event. The Fall V-Union will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Previously, True Value aimed for its Fall 2020 Reunion to be held in …

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PRO Group Hosts First Virtual Group Merchandising Conference

PRO Group recently hosted its first virtual Group Merchandising Conference to safeguard the health of retailers, PRO Group employees and vendor partners. From June 22-24, 40 PRO Group member distributors and 63 vendor attendees participated in more than 1,100 one-on-one …

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