U.S. exporters report gains

The Worldwide DIY Council, a trade group of U.S. and Canadian manufacturers who also export to other countries, has released a member survey showing sales growth of 20 percent or more in almost every product category this year. Sales to Mexico, Central and South America posted the most gains, and Eastern Europe, especially Poland, were also noteworthy, the survey reported.

Looking ahead to 2009, council members predicted sales increases of 10 percent to 20 percent in most merchandise categories. They listed Latin America, Eastern Europe, and southeast Asia, particularly India, China and Russia, as promising markets for U.S. and Canadian made goods.

Anumber of the council members will be exhibiting together at the upcoming 2008 Expo Nacional Ferretera in Guadalajara, Mexico. The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) will sponsor the USA Pavilion at the event, which is scheduled Sept. 12 to 14.

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