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U.S. Homebuilder Confidence Rises

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U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident about the economy and their trade, based on the latest Housing Market Index released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo. Overall, homebuilder confidence rose to 66 points in August, …

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Where the Smart Home Market Is Growing

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The U.S. smart home market is growing quickly. In fact, the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) projects that the market will more than triple in size from 2018 to 2022. Five years ago, safety and security devices were the biggest …

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Who Is Buying Homes for Multiple Generations?

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Members of generation X are now the most likely group to buy a home to house multiple generations of their families. According to recent research from the National Association of Realtors, about 17 percent of gen Xers (born between 1965 …

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NRHA Co-Locates 2 Events at the Independent Garden Center Show

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At the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC), to be held Aug. 13-15, home improvement retailers can take advantage of three co-located events to help new opportunities bloom at their operations. The Independent Home Improvement Show—Powered by the National Hardware Show® …

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Retailers See Consumers Seeking U.S.-Made Products

Consumers choose what products to buy for a variety of reasons. Cost, convenience and personal tastes can all be factors. No matter why consumers buy certain products, market performance can show some manufacturers continue to have strong sales. For some …

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Selling Snack Foods for the Health Conscious Shopper

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Snacking isn’t just associated with junk food, and snack foods that contribute to better health are expected to continue growing in popularity. Key wellness-related reasons for eating snack foods include the “Nutritious/health benefit,” a “Healthy start to the day” and …

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Home Improvement Spending Reaches $425B

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The U.S. home remodeling market grew by more than 50 percent since the end of the Great Recession, and home improvement spending reached $425 billion in 2017, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University’s Improving America’s …

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Understanding Implications of Chinese Tariffs

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Jonathan Gold, a trade expert for the National Retail Federation, answered questions from Hardware Retailing about the effects of recent Chinese tariffs. He provides insight into new 25 percent trade duties levied on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese …

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