Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. ISM’s New Orders Index registered 52.3 percent in April, an increase of 0.9 percentage point when compared to the March reading of 51.4 percent.
Revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were $5.31 billion, a decrease of seven percent from the...
Net earnings for the quarter increased 13 percent to $212 million versus $188 ...
The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index rose 0.5 percent in May from April. That nearly offset a 0.7 percent decline in April from March. Gas prices rose 1.5 percent last month, and food costs increased 0.6 percent.
Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.
Over the past few days, traders have grown increasingly worried over the intensifying civil war in Syria. At least 93,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it erupted in March 2011, according to a recent U.N. estimate. President Bashar Assad's forces are pressing ahead with an offensive to regain territory they lost to the rebels trying to topple his regime.
According to PwC’s study, the increase in average three-year ETR is due in part to an improved business climate and a decrease in companies reporting losses. In 2009, one in four companies in the study was in a loss making position; by 2012, the ratio was much smaller at one in 10.
Daily sales increased 5 percent versus May 2012, and included 3 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from acquisitions, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.
HD Supply experienced net sales and Adjusted EBITDA growth in all four of the company’s largest businesses: Facilities Maintenance, Waterworks, Power Solutions, and White Cap. HD Supply, Inc. reported net sales for the fiscal 2013 first quarter ended May 5, 2013 of $2.1 billion, an increase of $232 million, or 12.6 percent, as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012.
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Net sales in May of 2013 were $289,440 (Dollar amounts in thousands), up from 274,836 in the same month of 2012. The daily sales were $13,156, up 5.3% from 12,493 in 2012. Fastenal has opened 16 stores in 2013. The company now has 2,665 in operation.
The headlines often trumpet news about declining commodity prices. So why don’t these reductions ever seem to result in price reductions from suppliers? Suppliers will never volunteer to lower their prices, of course. Because of that, the only way for purchasers to parlay falling raw-materials expenses into real cost savings is to arm themselves with critical knowledge that can give them an edge in price negotiations.
Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $103.0 million, a decrease of 7.5% from $111.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The decrease in net sales was attributable to an 18.9% decline in industrial sales driven by slowing OEM activity in mining, semiconductor and military vehicles, partially offset by a 4.9% increase in aerospace.
Consumer confidence jumped in May to 76.2, the Conference Board, a private research group, said Tuesday. That was up from a reading of 69 in April and is the highest level of confidence since February 2008, two months after the Great Recession officially began.
Despite a troubled global economic environment, Sonepar increased its sales to €16.3 billion in 2012—10% higher than in 2011. The group has strengthened its position as a premier global distributor of electrical products and related services.
For calendar year 2013, Chinese manufactured exports are on track to nearly double U.S. exports, with a surplus of more than $900 billion, compared with a U.S. deficit of $500 billion, as the trade gap between these global powers continues to expand, according to a report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).
Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, rose 3.3 percent last month from March, the Commerce Department said Friday. That followed a 5.9 decline in March. A measure of business investment plans increased 1.2 percent. And the government revised the March figure to show a 0.9 percent gain, instead of a slight decrease.
Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $144.6 million, down $15.0 million, or 9.4%, from the prior-year period. U.S. sales, which comprised 59% of total sales, were down by $5.3 million, or 5.8%, to $85.3 million compared with $90.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.
Both January and April had the fastest sales rates since July 2008. The median price of a home sold in April was $271,600, the highest level on government records going back to 1993. The April price was 8.3 percent higher than in March and 13.1 percent higher than a year ago.
Only nine percent of the 335 global respondents of the 2013 KPMG 2013 survey say they have complete visibility of their supply chains. That number is even lower among U.S. executives, with only seven percent claiming complete visibility.
Pete Miller, Chairman and CEO of National Oilwell Varco, remarked, "This dividend increase reflects the Company's strong financial condition and our confidence in our business going forward. We are pleased that our continued execution and strong cash flow enable us to provide a significantly higher dividend directly to our stockholders."
Net sales were $2.005 billion for fiscal year 2013, an increase of 3% from the prior year (+4% acquisitions/divestitures, -1% impact of foreign currency translation, flat core sales). Income from operations increased 4% year-over-year to $255 million or 12.7% of sales.
The company continued its portfolio realignment process by announcing plans to sell its Asia-based Die-Cut business which was outlined in a separate press release on May 16, 2013. Accordingly, the company has recast its financial statements to report the financial results of the Die-Cut business on one line item in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income.
The board also approved and authorized the company to purchase an additional $100 million of its common stock. Repurchases will be made in accordance with applicable securities laws in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.
The increase in sales was mainly due to the increase in sales of steel plates and steel wires, offset by the decrease in sales of steel billets and the decrease in unit sales price in the three months ended March 31, 2013. The average unit sales price was $501 per ton, a decrease of $70, or 12%, compared to $571 per ton in the comparable period of 2012.
The company’s net loss for the first quarter of 2013 was $2.8 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.01 per share, reported for the first quarter of 2012. Comparatively, the 2013 quarterly results include a $1.5 million (or $0.01 per share) non-cash charge related to the company’s common stock warrant liability.
The 1Q13 PTDA Business Index produced a reading of 61.1, which represents a substantial increase over last quarter’s reading of 50.7. This indicates that the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry expanded for the 12th consecutive quarter at a slightly faster pace compared with 4Q12.
Edgen Group Inc. a leading global distributor of specialized products including steel pipe, valves, plate, and related components to the energy sector and industrial infrastructure markets, today reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.