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Black Friday Sales Fall As Sales Start Earlier

December 1, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press

For the second straight year, data suggests that more people avoided the crowds on Black Friday by giving up time at home on Thanksgiving Day.                               

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Germany To Require 30 Percent Women On Company Boards

December 1, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press

Companies that fail to recruit enough women will be barred from giving vacant seats to men.                                             

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Fullerton Tool Breaks Ground On Second Facility

December 1, 2014 10:28 am | by Fullerton Tool Company

The projected date of completion for the new facility is in Q3 2015, while Fullerton plans to hire a significant amount of new employees as part of the expansion over the course of three years.                

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Amazon's New Warehouse Robot Army Ready To Ship

December 1, 2014 10:02 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

The e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of products to employees.     

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Wolseley Reports Q1 Financials

December 1, 2014 9:48 am | by Industrial Distribution Staff

Wolseley, which sits atop Industrial Distribution's 2014 Big 50 List, reported strong revenue growth across all business and all regions in the U.S.                             

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Ballard Hardware Now Ballard Industrial

November 26, 2014 12:55 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff

The company said the former name had hindered perception of the business as it has expanded into new markets.                                         

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Wallboard Supply Joins US LBM Holdings

November 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by Wallboard Supply

Green Bay, WI-based US LBM further expands its East Coast presence with a leading wallboard, ceiling tile, and insulation distributor in New England.                           

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3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers

All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores.                    

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U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Up 0.4 Percent

November 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The small October gain was unimpressive, with declines in a number of categories including machinery, computers and primary metals such as steel.                              

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White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits On Ice

November 26, 2014 10:34 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

The unusual veto threat came before the parameters of a potential agreement were even revealed.                                           

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Black Hills Gets Approval To Acquire Northeastern Wyoming Gas

November 26, 2014 9:22 am | by Black Hills Corp.

This acquisition demonstrates Black Hills' continuing strategy to grow its customer base by acquiring small utilities near its existing operations.                             

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Airgas to Highlight Growth Strategies At Analyst Meeting

November 25, 2014 5:25 pm | by Airgas

The company's management team will discuss their strategies for leveraging Airgas' platform and capabilities to drive sales growth and margin expansion, as well as provide mid-term financial goals.               

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IDEA Announces New CEO

November 25, 2014 4:39 pm | by National Association of Electrical Distributors

Paul Molitor will lead the Industry Data Exchange Organization starting Dec. 15 after holding several positions with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.                       

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U.S. Economy Reports Strongest Quarter Growth In Years

November 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The third quarter growth figure followed a 4.6 percent surge in the spring, which resulted in the biggest consecutive quarters of growth since 2003.                           

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Home Depot Faces Dozens Of Breach-Related Lawsuits

November 25, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer

The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Tuesday that it may face more litigation from customers, banks, shareholders and others.                               

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Beacon Roofing Supply Reports Q4, Year End Results

November 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Beacon Roofing Supply

Beacon's 2014 was unfavorably impacted by the severity of winter storms and prolonged colder temperatures in most markets during the first half of the year.                         

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MAPI Report: Jobs, Replacement Demand Highlight Growth

November 24, 2014 3:23 pm | by MAPI Foundation

The MAPI Foundation says manufacturing production is expected to outpace GDP, with anticipated growth of 3.5 percent in 2015 and 3.9 percent in 2016.                     

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October New Construction Starts Recede 4 Percent

November 24, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dodge Data & Analytics

Nonresidential building in October fell 14 percent to $195.2 billion, following its 13 percent jump in September.                                 

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Eaton Fights Counterfeiting With Updated Reporting Tips

November 24, 2014 1:12 pm | by Eaton

The tips will assist professionals throughout the electrical supply chain with tools to recognize and report suspect products to ultimately help brands and law enforcement identify potential counterfeit product supply chains.       

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Chicago Fed Index Shows Economic Growth Moderated In October

November 24, 2014 10:40 am | by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Industrial production decreased 0.1 percent in October after rising 0.8 percent in September, and manufacturing production increased 0.2 percent in October for the second straight month.              

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