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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...

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Activant's acquisition of Eclipse could have benefits to Eclipse distributors and the electrical industry. Eclipse distributors will get the benefit of access to additional Activant services such as Trading Connect, Vista Information Services and possibly other services easier while at the same...