February 18, 2015

Chicago -- Retail CFOs predict a 3.9% increase in total sales and a 3.7% increase in same-store sales in 2015, according to a new BDO USA survey.

While the forecast is about one percentage point lower than 2014’s bullish projections, 66% of retailers expect comparable store sales to increase, and with 71% of retailers including online sales in their comparable store sales reports, a considerable amount of this 2015 growth may come from further e-commerce sales, which grew 16% in 2014, according to eMarketer.

February 18, 2015

Pantone has already let the cat out of the bag when it comes to its 2015 Color of the Year -- Marsala. But now, it's shining the spotlight on nine more colors for the fall.

February 18, 2015

It's no secret to anyone that the smart home industry is taking off in a meaningful way. But a new report from MarketsandMarkets suggests it's poised for near-term growth even larger than what some experts have predicted.

February 2, 2015

A survey of builders conducted by the National Home Builders Association pointed to energy-efficient concepts, high ceilings and laundry rooms as top-of-mind construction concepts for 2015.

January 27, 2015

Consumer confidence steamrolled ahead in January to its highest level since 2007, breaking 100 to its current standing at 102.9.

January 26, 2015

A new study from The Freedonia Group is forecasting global demand for power tools to reach $32.9 billion by 2018, indicating a growth rate of 4.8% per year.

January 23, 2015

Existing-home sales broke the 5 million mark in December, rebounding from November by 2.4% on the back of a significant jump of activity in the West, according to the National Association of Realtors.

January 23, 2015

Fitch Ratings is predicting a much less tepid year for the U.S. housing market in 2015 in its latest edition of the 'Chalk Line.'

January 22, 2015

The National Kitchen & Bath Association has sniffed out an important development in the world of kitchen and bath design: the tipping point has been reached for contemporary styles.

January 16, 2015

A new survey conducted by HomeServe USA is pointing to a lack of foresight – or perhaps a lack of a financial cushion – among many homeowners.

January 14, 2015

U.S. retail sales backtracked in December across the board, as well as for building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (NAICS 444), which were down 1.9% month-over-month.

January 9, 2015

The top OSHA-cited violation is fall protection, followed by hazard communications.

January 7, 2015

2014 ended in good faith -- at least according to Decision Analyst's U.S. Economic Index in December, which, at 109, registered at 3 points higher than December 2013 and 24 points higher than January 2009, when the index hit a low of 85.

December 30, 2014

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index inched upwards to a December reading of 92.6, compared to 91.0 in November.

The Present Situation Index rose to 98.6 from 93.7, while the Expectations Index decreased to 88.5 from 89.3 in November.

December 30, 2014

Out of the top 50 largest U.S. metro areas, the largest amount of cumulative rent was paid the New York-Northern New Jersey ($50 billion) and Los Angeles ($34 billion) metros.

December 23, 2014

Behind painters, plumbers and handyman ranked second and third – not surprising given the yearlong consistency homeowners have for their services.

December 22, 2014

Many bright spots this past November were categories that had been on the decline in the weeks and months leading up to November.

December 19, 2014

A new report from Zillow pins U.S. home value growth at a gain of 6.7% (or $1.7 trillion) in 2014, which brings the total value of all homes in the U.S. to $27.5 trillion.

December 14, 2014

For the 30 publicly traded companies tracked by the HCN Stock Watch, the second quarter was better than the first, and the third quarter was better than the second.

December 11, 2014

Lumberyards, hardware stores and home centers fared well in the most recent government report measuring monthly retail sales.

December 8, 2014

Indianapolis-based Angie’s List systematically asked more than 1,000 service providers about business in the coming year.

The response: business is getting better.

December 8, 2014

The home improvement industry has discovered the infographic – in a big way.

December 5, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that unemployment held steady at 5.8% in November, with the economy adding 321,000 jobs for the month. This is well above the year's 224,000-jobs-per-month average.

December 1, 2014

According to the National Retail Federation’s Cyber Monday Expectations Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics over the weekend, 126.9 million (52.3%) shoppers plan to shop online on Cyber Monday, down slightly from the 131.6 million who planned to participate last year.