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Home Depot Reports Third-Quarter Growth

Home Depot today reported sales of $19.5 billion for the third quarter, a 7.4 percent increase from the third quarter last year. Comparable-store sales for the quarter of were up 7.4 percent and comp sales for U.S. stores were up …

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Consumer Gift Card Spending Expected to Increase This Holiday Season

This season eight in 10 shoppers are expected to add gift cards to their shopping lists, according to the National Retail Federation’s Gift Card Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Holiday shoppers will spend an average of $163.16 …

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This Holiday Season, Develop a Plan for Crowd Control

The bustle of the holiday buying season means more customers will likely be coming through your doors: According to the National Retail Federation, as many as 140 million Americans will shop over Thanksgiving weekend—97 million on Black Friday alone. To …

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PRO Group, Distribution America Hold 10th Annual Executive Planning Conference

More than 350 suppliers and distributors met last week to plan for the coming year at the 2014 Executive Planning Conference, marking the tenth anniversary of the event being hosted jointly by PRO Group and Distribution America. The tenth annual …

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Do it Best Corp. Welcomes Home Hardware’s Young Retailers to 2014 Winter Conference

Vendor showcases, leadership development workshops and the inclusion of a select group of participants from Canada will be the highlight of the 2014 Do it Best Corp. Winter Conference, Jan. 20-22, at the Walt Disney World® Swan Resort in Orlando, …

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Ace Posts Positive Earnings in Third Quarter

Ace Hardware reported total revenues of $1 billion for the third quarter, an increase of $84.4 million or 8.9 percent from the same period last year. Net income showed no gain in comparison to the same quarter last year, coming …

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Rona Revenues Down in Third Quarter

Canadian home improvement retailer Rona Inc. reported a decline in same-store sales for the third quarter due “relatively unfavorable market conditions during the quarter,” according to the company. The retailer reported revenues from continuing operations of about $1.17 billion in the …

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Make Plans to Give Back this Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching, and for many people, this time is all about giving to others. Donating time and materials to a local charity or hosting a fundraiser in your store shows your customers you support the community …

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