Do it Best distributed more than a $100 million in member rebates during the co-op's annual shareholders meeting Sunday night.

Starts rebounded in September, jumping 6.3% above August's upwardly revised rate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,017,000. Meanwhile, single-family housing starts came in at a rate of 646,000, or 1.1% above August's revised figure of 639,000.

Denver -- During the True Value General Session here, with the co-op presenting details of its much-anticipated strategic plan, president and CEO John Hartmann painted a picture of the company building on the principles of “engagement,” “growth” and “efficiency.”


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Housing starts were back on an upward trajectory in September; retail sales made year-over-year progress. Meanwhile, gas prices scraped new recent lows.
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Financial services report: LBM Extra

As relationships grow, so grows the bottom line.
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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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