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Number of Occupied Residential Housing Units Up

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released its biennial American Housing Survey. The survey indicates the number of occupied residential housing units has increased since 2011, with 87 percent of the 133 million residential housing units occupied. …

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Home Sales Fall Forward in September

After a small decline in August, September existing-home sales grew to the highest levels in 2014, according to the National Realtor Association. Sales in August were 5.05 million and climbed to 5.17 million in September, still 1.7 percent below last …

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Online Research Leads to In-Store Purchases

Consumers are increasingly using multiple channels to shop. Completing a transaction is a comprehensive process now, as consumers research and compare prices before making a final purchase. Research conducted by Gfk found that participation in showrooming — when consumers see …

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Study Identifies Important Brand Characteristics for Millennials

According to an article by The Shelby Report, a recent study of millennials may be able to help discover how and why brand loyalty is formed. The 2015 Top 50 Millennial Brand Ranking Report by Mossylvania, an independent digital advertising …

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How the Container Store Attracts Quality Employees

According to an article on Yahoo! Finance, The Container Store, a business with 67 US locations garnering nearly $800 million in profits, has a unique stance on wages for its retail employees. The article says the company pays employees “nearly …

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Colorado Springs Ace Hardware Stores Offering Free Composting

Colorado Springs Ace Hardware stores are teaming up with a local garden store to help customers compost yard waste. Ace Hardware and Don’s Garden Shops are helping local residents by making it easier to compost. Ace Hardware will provide free …

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Do it Best Hands out $115 Million in Rebates

New products, new vendors, and more than $100 million in member rebates drove a successful Do it Best October Market, held Oct. 17-20 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The market got off to a strong start on Friday …

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Social Media During the Holiday Season

A recent survey sponsored by MarketLive analyzed what social media interactions will be occurring this holiday season. Some actions that will be important this season from a social perspective are reviewing purchased products, using social sites to find gift ideas …

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