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With the future looking a little less rosy given the turmoil in the credit markets which is impacting all levels of housing, the beginnings of a slowdown in the light commercial project market, Herm Isenstein's 2008 electrical economic outlook (previewed in the July issue of EW), marketplace...

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Everyone knows about the decline in new housing starts, the precipitous drop in housing sales and the consolidation of home building to regional and national builders. While the custom builder market represents opportunities, the "tract/production" builders are where the volume is. With declining...

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As manufacturers and distributors seek to increase their market share, improve net margins, and their productivity, IDEA faces an interesting conundrum … “Is IDEA’s revenue growth important to its success or is the cost-savings that it generates for the industry vital to participating...

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Bloomberg.com reported on Friday, July 14, that Hagemeyer's stock price "climbed 9.7 percent. Shares of the world's third- largest electrical equipment supplier rose the most in almost a year July 12 on speculation Rexel SA might make a takeover offer. "Rexel might be interested,'' said Marcel...

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The consolidation race continues in the electrical industry. Recent distributor deals inclued State Electric purchasing Shepherd Electric, Rexel purchasing Tr-Valley, Sonepar (NEED) buying Ralph Pill and most recently Kendall Electric reaching down south to buy Roden. And it is probably not done as...