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March 14, 2014

According to a new ABI Research study, there will be over half a billion wireless smart home monitoring devices installed in homes worldwide by 2018.

“Combined, over 84 million contact and motion sensors will ship annually by 2018; however, it is smart plugs, smart door locks and connected smoke & CO detectors that will see the greatest shipment growth,” said senior analyst Adarsh Krishnan.

January 31, 2014

According to a new Freedonia Group study, U.S. demand for fiber cement products is expected to grow at an 8.5% annual rate, reaching 2.9 billion sq. ft. (valued at $2.2 billion) by 2017.

"Advances will be driven by a rebound in residential building construction spending, particularly in the new housing segment," explained Freedonia Group analyst Matt Zielenski. The study also highlights the role of fiber cement's "favorable aesthetic and performance properties."

December 26, 2013

Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal Co. said it expects to miss the average analyst net earnings expectations for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $0.36 per share.

The company listed three reasons for the miss. First is weakness in the heavy manufacturing component of the business. This weakness first appeared in late 2012, and intensified in recent months, the company said.

December 9, 2013

Port Washington, N.Y.-based The NPD Group reported that U.S. sales of non-electric housewares hit $5.6 billion in the 12 months ended September 2013.

While this is a slight uptick (+0.5%) from the previous year, it is a noteworthy shift after years of sales declines for the industry. 

December 5, 2013

The Census Bureau's delayed report on new housing sales was released yesterday, and it was worth the wait.

Sales of new single-family houses in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 444,000. That was better than analyst forecasts of 425,000 and up 25.4% from the September rate of 354,000. 

Compared with October 2012, yesterday's data shows new home sales up 21.6%. 

October 30, 2013

What happens when an analyst of Belus Capital Advisors visits Sears? The results aren’t pretty.

Brian Sozzi’s Oct. 21 article received much notice in the media. His article is titled: “Sears is vanishing from our minds, the shocking 18 photos that show why.” 

October 18, 2013

During a recent Goldman Sachs investor conference, analyst Matt Fassler described Tractor Supply as “one of the most unique differentiated growth stories in retail.”

That was the cue for CEO Greg Sandfort to share some of the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company’s insights into its large and growing brand of farm-and-ranch retailing. And he shredded a few myths of rural retailing in the process.

October 10, 2013

Jason Mora recently joined Versatex as a market development specialist. 

Based in Manchester, N.H., he spent the past three years building his skill set as a client service analyst with Mercer Investments of Norwood, Mass., and as a senior sales representative at Flagship Merchant Services, the transaction processing organization headquartered in Charlestown, Mass. 

June 24, 2013

Lumber Liquidators Holdings has been accused of selling products containing illegal levels of formaldehyde.

The claims came to light in a report posted on Seeking Alpha last Thursday by analyst Xuhua Zhou. 

May 22, 2013

Research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows that in the 12 months ended March 2013, sales of home beverage appliances were more than $2.6 billion.

Home beverage appliances include home soda machines, single-serve coffeemakers, drip coffeemakers, espresso makers, countertop blenders, juice extractors, citrus juicers and tea makers.

May 6, 2013

Orlando, Fla. — It’s a brave new world for home improvement researchers.

Take for instance the gathering of more than 70 research and marketing professionals here for the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI’s) Spring Conference.

May 6, 2013

The market for LED lighting is expected to double, from 16 million units in 2012 to a forecasted 33 million in 2013, and will nearly triple by 2016, according to the NPD DisplaySearch “LED Lighting Market and Forecast Report.”

April 22, 2013

The Decision Analyst U.S. Economic Index has been essentially flat during the past 10 months.

March 8, 2013

Arlington, Texas-based Decision Analyst, a market research firm, reported that its U.S. Economic Index fell from a reading of 101 in January 2013 to 99 in February 2013.

December 13, 2012

A chorus of voices is giving hope to the housing industry, which is starting to show signs of recovery. Demand for housing, as measured by pending home sales, was at a two-year peak in October, according to the National Association of Realtors. Builders broke ground on 894,000 housing units that same month, their fastest pace in four years, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which surveys its members every month, declared that its Builder Confidence Index hit its highest level in November since May 2006.

October 26, 2012

Savannah, Ga. -- An optimistic outlook from a normally conservative housing analyst closed the final day of the ProDealer Industry Summit (PDIS) today, sending many attendees home with renewed optimism, a new take on demographics and the green light -- in theory at least -- to ask builders for price increases next year.   

June 6, 2012

Atlanta-based The Home Depot heads into its 20102 investor and analyst conference today with a full slate of priorities.

The company pointed to four key strategic priorities:

• On creating an emotional connection with customers, putting customers first and simplifying the business;

• On its merchandising transformation and portfolio strategy, including innovation, assortment and value;

May 11, 2012

The other day, an HCN editor received an email from Cambridge -- the one in England. A senior analyst and Ph.D. was asking for an example of an adhesive, paint or sealant product that has “transformed the market.”

Two thoughts came to mind.

April 2, 2012

Nearly seven out of 10 home improvement shoppers say they are not brand loyal when it comes to buying big-ticket items, according to a study conducted by The Integer Group, along with research partner Decision Analyst.

March 9, 2012

Data released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor statistics show the unemployment rate for February holding at 8.3%. 

The Employment Situation Summary shows employers added 227,000 jobs in the month, slightly more than expected, according to analyst forecasts. It was also the third straight month that employers added more than 200,000 jobs. 

The 8.3% unemployment rate was unchanged from January, but down from 8.9% in February 2011, and way down from 9.7% in February 2010.

January 16, 2012

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) will bring its message to the halls of power as part of the group's three-day Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, March 5 to 7.

The Washington, D.C., event will coincide with election-day activity -- March 6 is Super Tuesday, in which 10 states hold their primary elections.

December 1, 2011

A report from Global Hunter Securities describes the new-home market as "finally forming a bottom."

Based on the number of new homes available for sale, the months required to sell them and the total new homes for sale, there's some good news, according to Global Hunter Securities: "We believe the new-home market is finally forming a bottom."

August 29, 2011

Home Depot and Lowe’s may receive a 1% bump to their third-quarter results as a result of Hurricane Irene sales, according to an analysis provided by MarketWatch. 

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