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Housing starts had a disappointing showing in November, dipping below their monthly and yearly comparisons. And with just one more month left to account for in 2014, breaking the million mark looks unlikely.

The coating competition will heat up in March as Lowe’s rolls out HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. The HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams product line will feature what both companies describe as “a new and improved interior and exterior paint program.” The line will be available at both Sherwin-Williams' company stores and Lowe's stores nationwide, as well as exclusive line extensions available at Lowe's.

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Industry Dashboard

Housing starts regressed a bit in November (and fell below 2013 figures). And once again, gas prices fell further.
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Commentary

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Digital Edition

The November/December issue presents People of the Year.

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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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Research & Data

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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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