Another earnings season has come and gone, but this time things went better for the 30 publicly traded companies tracked by the HCN Stock Watch. There were more cases of sales growth and more cases of double-digit sales growth in the most recent three-month period.

 The nation's number two home-improvement retailer posted a strong second quarter. 

The latest update from the Home Improvement Research Institute on consumer spending patterns shows homeowners are planning 3.4% more projects around the house than they were planning a year ago.


Aug 25, 2014
Craig Cowart will succeed Doug Miller as president of Houston-based... more
Aug 26, 2014
Parr Lumber named Jon Friesen as the new manager of the company’s... more
Aug 26, 2014
Buoyed by an improving economy, kitchen-cabinet manufacturer American... more
Aug 26, 2014
Yardi, a real estate investment software company based in Santa Barbara,... more
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The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased in... more
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Industry Dashboard

Housing starts and existing-home sales surged once more in July; stocks continued their long-overdue recovery.
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At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise...
The following letter from Christopher Yenrick, president of Smith Phillips...


West Coast longshoremen don’t have a contract. A strike is still possible. Is your business watching the struggle at the ports?

Digital Edition

The July/August issue includes The Big Four Report, featuring Ace, Do it Best, Orgill and True Value.

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HIRI in the News

New Product Showcase

The HCN Hardware Show Product Showcase gives you a sneak peak of the sales floor.
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Financial services report: LBM Extra

As relationships grow, so grows the bottom line.
(Part 3 of a Digital Series) 

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Research & Data

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2014 Top 200 Pro Dealers

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The 2014 HCN Top 200 Pro Dealer Scoreboard picked up where the 2013 list left off — on the upswing — with only a sliver of sales declines reported across the board, and a swelling segment of double-digit gainers.

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Hardware Store All-Stars

Click here for the 50 stores that earned the title HCN All-Star in 2013. And click here to nominate a store for the 2014 list.

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