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November 26, 2014

Stocks were feeling a little heavier by Wednesday's close, with Sears Holdings (SHLD) leading the pre-Thanksgiving slump at a decrease of 5.03%.

November 24, 2014

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Rocky's Ace Hardware is getting ready for its fourth annual holiday pet food drive.

All 32 Rocky's Ace Hardware stores have partnered with their local Humane Society or Shelter to collect food for homeless and abandoned pets in their communities. The collection areas will be marked with signs and baskets.

November 21, 2014

Miracle-Gro is teaming up with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses to lend a helping hand at nearby urban farm Muir Ranch this Thanksgiving season.

This Nov. 24, the two organizations will be working to expand a natural pollinator garden at Muir Ranch, as well as distribute fresh produce and Thanksgiving-themed food boxes to needy local families.

Besides Miracle-Gro reps, present on the scene will be local dinitaries, Tournament of Roses president Richard Chinen, Mayor Bill Bogaard and local school district board member Tyron Hampton.

November 14, 2014

At $444.5 billion, retail sales recovered much of the ground lost in September, increasing 0.3% for the month and 4.1% since October 2013.

The better-than-expected pickup last month is contextualized by dramatically lower gas prices and record post-recession highs for consumer confidence.

Retail trade sales (not counting food services) were also up 0.3% since September and 3.8% since last year. Nonstore retailers saw considerably more progress at a yearly increase of 9.1%, while auto and motor vehicle dealers were up 8.3%.

October 15, 2014

Adjusted estimated retail sales for building material and garden equipment & supplies dealers (NAICS 444) were down 1.1% in September, totaling $27.3 billion for the month.

Total U.S. retail and food services sales, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences (but not for price changes), were down 0.3% to $442.7 billion. However, this was still 4.3% above September 2013's rate.

Retail trade sales were down 0.4% month-over-month, but up 4.0% year-over-year.

October 7, 2014

Pet food supplier the Honest Kitchen is consolidating and adding capacity to distribution of its line of FDA-Approved, 100% Human Grade whole foods for pets, throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

September 12, 2014

The latest data for the month of August shows broad-based improvement for retail sales, with particularly strong performance among building supply dealers. 

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday morning that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August were up 0.6% from July and up 5.0% from August 2013. 

The total number came in at $444.4 billion.

August 13, 2014

After several months of increases, U.S. retail sales fell flat in July as motor vehicles and parts sales fell 0.2%.

The Commerce Department reported advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales of $439.8 billion, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences. This compares to a preliminary estimate of $439.9 billion last month, though July's figure is up 3.7% year-over-year.

Additionally, total sales for the May through July 2014 period were up 4.2% over last year.

July 15, 2014

U.S. retail sales went up 0.2% in June to a total of $439.9 billion for the month, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Though the growth fell below many economists' expectations, June's activity still pointed to a strengthening economy, with sales that were up 4.3% year-over-year.

Retail trade sales (not counting food service) fared slightly better -- up 0.3% since May. Nonstore retailers were up 8.1% year-over-year, and health and personal care stores were up 7.9% since 2013.

July 3, 2014

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.1%, a pre-recession low not seen since September 2008.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that translated to a decrease of 325,000 unemployed persons, which now number 9.5 million nationally. The number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) dropped by 293,000 to 3.1 million.

June 12, 2014

May picked up the pace a bit in the retail sector, with monthly sales improving 0.3% for the month after a fairly stagnant winter season. However, the results still fell below economists' expectations.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales were $437.6 billion in May, a 4.3% improvement over 2013.

May 13, 2014

The U.S. economy posted lower-than-expected growth in retail sales Tuesday. An advance estimate of $434.6 billion in sales reflected a mere 0.1% increase since March and 4.0% since April 2013.

Retail trade sales (not including food services) were up 0.2% since last month and 4.2% above last year. Auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 10.5% year-over-year.

Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (NAICS 444) did better than average, up 0.4% since March.

May 2, 2014

Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today shows the April unemployment rate at 6.3%, the lowest level since September 2008.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in April. Job growth had averaged 190,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

In April, employment growth was widespread, according to the Bureau, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.

April 14, 2014

U.S. retail sales increased 1.1% in March, the biggest month-over-month gain since September 2012 and a long-awaited sign of an economic thaw after an especially challenging winter.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, advance estimates of retail and food services sales for March, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences (but not for price changes) were $433.9 billion. This is a 3.8% improvement above March 2013.

Retail trade sales themselves were up 1.1% from February and 3.7% from last year.

April 2, 2014

Seattle-based Global Harvest Foods, a manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed and the producer of the Audubon Park brand, agreed to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

April 2, 2014

Tractor Supply Company is spreading the backyard hen gospel nationwide through a series of local Chick Days and other educational initiatives.

“Chickens naturally recycle food waste and they provide invaluable fertilizer for gardens,” said VP merchandise Marc Johnson. “What’s more, there’s not a better organic source of pest control than a backyard chicken. They naturally eat bugs, ticks, beetles and other backyard pests.”

March 20, 2014

Jenn-Air has released three new refrigerators -- which go by the name of Obsidian -- featuring an unusual black interior

"Black lends a very flattering and sophisticated look to this collection and gives everything within the refrigerator more prominence and visual pop," notes Juliet Johnson, manager of brand experience for Jenn-Air. "The dramatic interior shade extends the elegant design of our products from outside to inside the appliance, and puts food on display in an impressive, pristine way."

March 13, 2014

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales came in at $427.2 billion for the month of February, up 0.3% since January and 1.5% since February 2013.

The progress of retail trade sales matched those of the overall figure at 0.3%, with nonstore retailers up 6.3% year-over-year and health and personal care stores up 5.5% since last year.

Building materials and garden equipment and supplies dealers posted the next-strongest year-over-year recovery, with sales improving 3.2% since February 2013 and 0.3% since last month.

March 7, 2014

The U.S. economy generated 175,000 jobs in February, which was well above the 149,000 rate economists expected but still below last year's average of 190,000. Also, the national unemployment rate ticked back up a notch to 6.7%, having reached a five-year low of 6.6% in January.

The long-term unemployment population -- or those jobless for 27 weeks or more -- increased in February to 3.8 million, now accounting for 37.0% of the total unemployed. This number is roughly 901,000 below year-ago levels.

February 13, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau released its monthly retail and food services sales report Thursday, which pointed to a slight setback of 0.4% for the month but a 2.6% gain over January of last year.

Weather was partly to blame for the dip, according to the National Retail Federation.

At $427.8 billion, total sales for the month fell below December's, which also received a downward revision from 0.2% above November sales to 0.1% below month-ago figures.

February 3, 2014

Bad weather and a reduction in food stamps led to weaker-than-expected sales at Walmart and Sam’s Club, which combined with greater-than-expected international expense, prompted an uncharacteristic pre-announcement from the company that fourth-quarter profits would be worse than expected. 

January 28, 2014

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware collected more than 4 tons of pet food, along with beds, leashes, treats, toys and cleaning supplies and delivered them to local animal shelters. The final weight of pet food amassed totaled an amazing 8,776 pounds.

January 27, 2014

Cranbury, N.J.-based HBC Home & Hardware Products, the home products distributor formerly known as Howard Berger Co., has acquired the assets of Faucet Queen.

Faucet Queen’s Helping Hand brand of convenience-oriented home hardware is the market leader in serving the food and drug retail trade, the company said. The Faucet Queen business will continue to operate out of the current Vernon Hills, Ill., facility. 

January 14, 2014

December retail and food service sales rose by 0.2% above the previous month and 4.1% above December 2012, according to advance estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Clocking in at a total figure of $431.9 billion for the month, December's year-over-year sales performance mirrored that of the larger 12-month period of 2013, which marked a 4.2% improvement over the year of 2012.

Similarly, retail trade sales were up 0.2% from November and 4.0% year-over-year.

December 10, 2013

The stakes are high for the nation’s independent retailers. And the competition is fierce. Stores around the country are fighting for their share of the housingmarket recovery in a highly promotional shopping environment.