October housing starts declined from the upwardly adjusted pace in September, but stayed above the million mark. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of new housing units started came in at 1,009,000, down 2.8% from the prior month.

Another quarter, another billion-and-a half dollars in earnings for the world’s largest home improvement retailer.

Marvin’s Building Materials and Home Centers is adding to its fleet of mid-sized home centers.


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Retail sales were down slightly between August and September, though stocks moved wholly into positive monthly gain territory.
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The October issue presents The Lumberyard of the Future.

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HIRI in the News

New Product Showcase

The HCN Hardware Show Product Showcase gives you a sneak peak of the sales floor.
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Financial services report: LBM Extra

As relationships grow, so grows the bottom line.
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The 2014 HCN Top 200 Pro Dealer Scoreboard picked up where the 2013 list left off — on the upswing — with only a sliver of sales declines reported across the board, and a swelling segment of double-digit gainers.

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