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Exploring COVID-19’s Effect on Construction Projects

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Amid COVID-19, market research firm The Farnsworth Group and the Home Improvement Research Institute have hosted regular webinars for home improvement retailers, vendors and channel partners to explore how the pandemic was impacting DIYers and contractors. In a recent session, …

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Monitoring the Market: June 2020

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Monitoring market trends in consumer sentiment, home improvement rates and construction figures can help you anticipate emerging opportunities for your business. Use the tables below to get a deeper understanding of a few of the forces affecting independent home improvement. …

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Get Moving on the Job Site

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To stem the spread of COVID-19, some cities and states temporarily shut down construction job sites. As these orders lift, take a look at some new products that can help contractors stay mobile and organzied on the job. Rhino Cart. …

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Canadian Headlines for Retailers: May 18

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Hardlines is keeping Canadian retailers informed on the ways COVID-19 is impacting their home improvement stores. Check back each week for an update on the latest headlines affecting home improvement retail in Canada. How Provinces Plan to Reopen A sense that …

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April Homebuilder Confidence Falls to Historic Low

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released new data outlining the effect COVID-19 has had on U.S. construction crews. The latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows builder confidence fell 42 points in April to 30. Any …

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Residential Construction Struggles With Labor Shortage

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A new report from radio program Marketplace says homebuilders are continuing to struggle with a labor shortage that has stalled construction of new homes. Some 1.5 million homebuilding and remodeling jobs disappeared after the Great Recession, but the industry has …

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Rising Home Construction Rates Boost Lumber Prices

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Builders are constructing more houses now than at any time before last decade’s foreclosure crisis, and the increased construction activity is resulting in higher lumber prices, reports The Wall Street Journal. Since last June, lumber futures have risen more than …

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Monitoring the Market: Quarter 1

Use the following industry metrics to anticipate emerging trends and opportunities in the channel. Data is not seasonally adjusted, meaning these graphs represent real-time shifts in the market. Understand consumers’ desire to save or spend by gauging overall consumer confidence …

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