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January Retail Sales Soar Despite Omicron, Inflation

January retail sales

Even in light of the COVID-19 omicron variant, inflation and continuing supply chain and labor issues, retail sales jumped in January, according to numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall retail sales in January were up 3.8 percent seasonally adjusted …

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Paint and Coatings Market to See Major Growth

paint market

According to ReportLinker, a market research solution, the paint and coatings market is expected to grow by $2.55 billion during 2022-2026. The organization released its “Paint and Coatings Market in MEA 2022-2026” report, which provides a holistic analysis, market size …

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NHPA Kicks Off Renee on the Road in Florida

renee on the road

This week, staff members with the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) are heading out on a new adventure, road tripping through Florida to visit independent home improvement retailers.  The trip to Florida—which will take the team through Orlando …

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Do it Best Partners With Epicor to Improve Omnichannel Customer Journey

brand integration

Do it Best announced that Epicor, a global leader of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, is the company’s point-of-sale (POS) vendor of choice for member-owners to improve omnichannel customer journeys. The new partnership is part of the co-op’s strategic …

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Construction Professionals Confidence at Highest Point Since 2018

construction confidence

Confidence levels among residential construction professionals are at their highest point since 2018 and are up five points from 2021, according to the Q1 2022 Houzz Renovation Barometer. Confidence among architecture and design firms is up one point from Q1 …

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U.S. Inflation Climbs at Highest Rate Since 1982

May inflation

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, which measures U.S. inflation, increased 0.6 percent in January. The all items index increased 7.5 percent before seasonal adjustment, the largest 12-month increase since …

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Growth at Retail Ports to Slow During First Half 2022

retail ports

According to the monthly Global Port Tracker report, imports at the nation’s congested container ports are expected to slow during the first half of 2022. The report, released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, found that even …

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NYC Retailer Picks Color of the Year to Honor City

NYC Color of the Year

Around the fall, paint manufacturers release their Color of the Year picks. To involve the community last year, Janovic in New York City hosted its first ‘2022 NYC Color of the Year’ contest. “New York is a bustling city with …

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