Stewart Mills, the 42-year-old vice president of Mills Fleet Farm, a 34-store farm and ranch chain based in Brainerd, Minnesota, is looking to bring the common sense nurtured in a career in retail to the halls of Washington.

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.


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Existing-home sales made additional steps in their recovery, while gas prices went even lower to $3.07 per gallon.
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The September issue presents the HCN Hardware Store All Stars.

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Financial services report: LBM Extra

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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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