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June 16, 2014

Monthly sales shot up in April in keeping with seasonal patterns, though the year brought progress for the industry. Certain stocks also fell into the negative quadrants.

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May 5, 2014

The April unemployment rate stood at 6.3%, the lowest level since September 2008, while stocks were all over the board.

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March 10, 2014

 Gas prices rose a touch from last week, while gas prices showed mostly positive results.

January 27, 2014

Existing-home sales rebounded from their low in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.87 million.

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January 20, 2014

Despite a dip in December, housing starts did not betray the economy’s confidence. Meanwhile, retail sales fared poorly within the industry.

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January 13, 2014

Gas prices fell just 2 cents from last week, while the stocks saw positive annual changes.

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January 6, 2014

Consumer confidence surged in December after backtracking in the fall, recovering the majority of the points lost in October and November.

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December 30, 2013

Industry-wide metrics provided a final snapshot of data for the year before we head into 2014 this week.

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December 26, 2013

A mixed message appears on the residential construction and the residential sales charts. Also, gas prices are holding steady at about $3.25 a gallon.

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December 18, 2013

The new-look Dashboard shows a major milestone achieved: Total housing starts crossed the million mark as a seasonally adjusted annual rate. 

December 15, 2013

Monthly retail sales showed promising momentum, though not enough for hardware stores to outpace their 2012 performance.

December 9, 2013

Tractor Supply, Scotts and Newell Rubbermaid pace the field on the Home Channel Stock Roundup. Gas prices hold steady at about $3.26 for a gallon of regular.


December 2, 2013

Building permits data was on offer in lieu of housing starts, which were further delayed til Dec. 18; consumer confidence dipped some more.

November 25, 2013

Existing-home sales were down for the second consecutive month; monthly sales delivered a weak showing.

November 18, 2013

Monthly sales were delayed a week in the aftermath of the government shutdown; TSCO scaled new performance change heights.

November 11, 2013

National unemployment crept back up to 7.3%. Meanwhile, stocks rebounded a little on a month-over-month basis.

November 4, 2013

Consumer confidence took a plunge in the wake of the government shutdown; retail sales disappointed.

October 28, 2013

Unemployment slipped to 7.2% on the Dashboard, with existing-home sales taking a step back to 5.29 million. Housing starts and retail sales still await publication.

October 21, 2013

Unemployment, sales and housing starts were still unavailable in the aftermath of the shutdown. Stanley was down 15.66%, month-over-month.

October 14, 2013

Unemployment and monthly sales figures were missing from the picture due to the ongoing government shutdown. Meanwhile, stocks showed weaker-than-usual progress.

October 7, 2013

National unemployment figures for September were unavailable due to the government shutdown.

September 30, 2013

Consumer confidence was down slightly from August’s upwardly revised figure of 81.8. Meanwhile, stock growth was well ahead of the Dow Industrial Average.

September 23, 2013

Housing starts and existing-home sales both pulled ahead by a hairline margin, with single-family starts realizing more substantial gains at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 628,000.

September 16, 2013

The latest monthly retail sales report is mixed, with home centers and pro dealers outperforming hardware stores. Gas prices hold steady at $3.54 per gallon.

September 9, 2013

The “Consumer watch” section of the Industry Dashboard shows confidence slightly gaining and unemployment holding steady. Stocks are paced by Lowe’s performance.