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The Dawn of a New Day for Independents

Messages emerging from the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, today shed light on potential changes occurring in the retail environment that could prove positive for independent home improvement retailers across the world. John Herbert, general secretary of the European …

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Retail Employment Down 6,700 in February

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with the unemployment rate at 6.7 percent and the labor force participation rate at 63.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. The National Retail Federation calculated retail employment …

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New Distributor to Join Distribution America

Distribution America has announced the addition of wholesale distributor PACOA to its membership. Headquartered in Port Washington N.Y., PACOA services independent hardware, paint and lumber retailers throughout much of New York, New England, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “Adding PACOA as …

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International Hardware Fair Opens in Cologne

Languages from around the world could be heard throughout the convention center in Cologne, Germany, as the International Hardware Fair opened the doors on its 39th annual show this morning. More than 80 percent of exhibitors will come from outside …

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PRO Group Expands Membership

Denver-based PRO Group recently announced BTL Distributors, a wholesale distributor in Monsey, N.Y., became the group’s newest member. BTL serves hardware and paint supply stores throughout New York and New Jersey and has joined PRO Group to take advantage of the organization’s …

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