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For several weeks bank economist have hinted while they are not projecting outright recession or inflation, the sub-prime mortgages have touched off slow down in the US economy. With tightening credit rules and huge increase in foreclosures, there continues to be about 30% to 50% more new home...

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We’ve had conversations with several analysts recently who have inquired about the electrical distribution industry. The conversations frequently turn to “what would happen to distributors if the economy slowed down?” While there are obvious revenue and profit implications, we discussed...

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Although the "pro" is defined as the residential market.According to ProSales, Ron Jarvis, SVP of pro business, tool rental and environmental innovation, said "The Home Depot's target pro audience consists of three subgroups: the very small repair/remodeler who might do this work solely as a side...

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Rexel recently announced its second quarter/first half results. While company-wide organic growth was 4.5% and the company is actively seeking acquisitions (30 are in various stages worldwide), of interest is Rexel's North American performance. Key North American highlights include:Sales down 1.1%...