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July 27, 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics will offer a technologically unprecedented opportunity for workers to plug in and slack off to watch live-streaming games on smartphones, tablets or company computers. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that the London games, which get under way July 27, will hurt productivity much more than previous Olympics.

April 19, 2012

Preliminary data from the Monthly Retail Trade Survey shows sales for hardware stores (NAICS 44413) ahead of the same period last year.

Unadjusted sales for hardware stores in February, the latest month of available statistics for NAICS 44413, were $1.417 billion, up from $1.245 billion in February 2011.

The data was released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau along with the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Report.

April 11, 2012

The Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book report, which covered the period February 18 - April 2, 2012, was not effusive in its assessment of economic activity, pegging expansion at a “modest to moderate pace.” But a closer look at the report, provided by IHS Global Insight, indicate an uptick in housing demand, residential construction activity, consumer spending, employment and lending. The only dark cloud on the horizon, according to the Federal Reserve’s economic analysis, is gas prices. 

December 13, 2011

U.S. retail and food services improved slightly in November, but NAICS code 444 retailers took a step backward. 

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday morning that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for November, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $399.3 billion, an increase of 0.2% from the previous month and 6.7% above November 2010.

October 17, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau's monthly survey shows unadjusted August sales for both NAICS 444 and 44413 are up compared with last year, and slightly up compared with last month. 

August 12, 2011

Unadjusted hardware store sales in June were estimated at $1.917 billion, up 8.1% from the same month last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Monthly Retail Trade Report.

June is the the most recent month of available data for NAICS code 44413, or  "hardware stores."

The figure is down from May's estimate of $2.022 billion, but it's the highest unadjusted figure for June since 2008.

June 30, 2011

“The concept of consistent, incremental improvement applies to just about everything we do,” said Ron Beal, the CEO of Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill.


In that sentence, Beal captured the essence of the distributor’s spirit of improvement. There’s no single hero, no silver bullet and no rainmaker. Instead, Beal describes an environment of measuring, benchmarking and improving. And the results were impressive in 2010, a difficult year for home products. Orgill posted 2010 sales of $1.179 billion, up 9.3% over $1.079 billion in the prior year. 


April 18, 2011

Retail sales picked up slightly in February for NAICS code 444, but the subset of NAICS code 44413 -- hardware stores -- slipped compared with last month and last year.

Gas prices, meanwhile, pushed higher, finishing last week at a national average of $3.82 per gallon of regular. 

March 11, 2011

The Census Bureau's Monthly Retail Trade Report  showed sales for hardware stores -- NAICS code 44413 -- were $1.298 billion in January, the most recent month of available data in this business classification. That's down 22.9% from December's unadjusted figure of $1.683 billion.

But the rush on extra ice melt and shovels had a positive side: January sales were up 1.6% compared with January 2010. 

December 20, 2010

For the second week in a row, 10 out of 10 home channel stocks are ahead of last month and way ahead of last year. Elsewhere on the Dashboard, data released last week show non-adjusted monthly retail sales for October up from the same month last year in both NAICS 444 and NAICS 44413.

For the second week in a row, 10 out of 10 home channel stocks are ahead of last month and way ahead of last year. Elsewhere on the Dashboard, data released last week show non-adjusted monthly retail sales for October up from the same month last year in both NAICS 444 and NAICS 44413. 

December 14, 2010

Government data released today estimated sales for home centers, building material dealers, garden centers and hardware stores -- NAICS code 444 -- declined slightly in November, compared with October. But the advance estimate showed a healthy increase over the same month last year.

The U.S. Census Bureau's monthly sales estimate for the 444 category, adjusted for seasonal variation, was $24.87 billion in November. That’s' down 0.1% from October, but up 12.3% from November 2009.

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