June 9, 2015

ScottsMiracle-Gro has donated over 80,000 Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods to Feeding America, a national food bank network.

May 28, 2015

Jenn-Air has released a new version if its 69" standard-depth French door refrigerator -- this time, featuring a dedicated exterior drawer for customizing food and ingredient storage.

May 13, 2015

The Department of Commerce announced advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April, pointing to scant movement on a monthly or yearly basis.

March 10, 2015

A new study from Frost & Sullivan is highlighting significant growth opportunity in the pet food market -- provided manufacturers understand how to capitalize on it.

February 12, 2015

January was a down month for U.S. retail and food services sales, but that didn't stop the home improvement category from making month-over-month progress.

January 28, 2015

A pet food drive organized by Rocky's Ace Hardware generated 13,402 pounds, along with an estimated $5,500 worth of non-food items.

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.

December 22, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin-based Fiskars says it is tripling the number of grant recipients for its Project Orange Thumb. 

The maker of lawn and garden products will award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools to to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources.

The company is accepting applications for 2015 Project Orange Thumb garden grants in the U.S. and Canada now through January 31, 2015. 

November 26, 2014

Stocks were feeling a little heavier by Wednesday's close, with Sears Holdings (SHLD) leading the pre-Thanksgiving slump at a decrease of 5.03%.

November 24, 2014

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Rocky's Ace Hardware is getting ready for its fourth annual holiday pet food drive.

All 32 Rocky's Ace Hardware stores have partnered with their local Humane Society or Shelter to collect food for homeless and abandoned pets in their communities. The collection areas will be marked with signs and baskets.

November 21, 2014

Miracle-Gro is teaming up with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses to lend a helping hand at nearby urban farm Muir Ranch this Thanksgiving season.

November 14, 2014

At $444.5 billion, retail sales recovered much of the ground lost in September, increasing 0.3% for the month and 4.1% since October 2013.

The better-than-expected pickup last month is contextualized by dramatically lower gas prices and record post-recession highs for consumer confidence.

Retail trade sales (not counting food services) were also up 0.3% since September and 3.8% since last year. Nonstore retailers saw considerably more progress at a yearly increase of 9.1%, while auto and motor vehicle dealers were up 8.3%.

October 15, 2014

Adjusted estimated retail sales for building material and garden equipment & supplies dealers (NAICS 444) were down 1.1% in September, totaling $27.3 billion for the month.

Total U.S. retail and food services sales, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences (but not for price changes), were down 0.3% to $442.7 billion. However, this was still 4.3% above September 2013's rate.

Retail trade sales were down 0.4% month-over-month, but up 4.0% year-over-year.

October 7, 2014

Pet food supplier the Honest Kitchen is consolidating and adding capacity to distribution of its line of FDA-Approved, 100% Human Grade whole foods for pets, throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

September 12, 2014

The latest data for the month of August shows broad-based improvement for retail sales, with particularly strong performance among building supply dealers. 

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday morning that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August were up 0.6% from July and up 5.0% from August 2013. 

The total number came in at $444.4 billion.

August 13, 2014

After several months of increases, U.S. retail sales fell flat in July as motor vehicles and parts sales fell 0.2%.

The Commerce Department reported advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales of $439.8 billion, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences. This compares to a preliminary estimate of $439.9 billion last month, though July's figure is up 3.7% year-over-year.

Additionally, total sales for the May through July 2014 period were up 4.2% over last year.

July 15, 2014

U.S. retail sales went up 0.2% in June to a total of $439.9 billion for the month, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Though the growth fell below many economists' expectations, June's activity still pointed to a strengthening economy, with sales that were up 4.3% year-over-year.

Retail trade sales (not counting food service) fared slightly better -- up 0.3% since May. Nonstore retailers were up 8.1% year-over-year, and health and personal care stores were up 7.9% since 2013.

July 3, 2014

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.1%, a pre-recession low not seen since September 2008.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that translated to a decrease of 325,000 unemployed persons, which now number 9.5 million nationally. The number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) dropped by 293,000 to 3.1 million.

June 12, 2014

May picked up the pace a bit in the retail sector, with monthly sales improving 0.3% for the month after a fairly stagnant winter season. However, the results still fell below economists' expectations.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales were $437.6 billion in May, a 4.3% improvement over 2013.

May 13, 2014

The U.S. economy posted lower-than-expected growth in retail sales Tuesday. An advance estimate of $434.6 billion in sales reflected a mere 0.1% increase since March and 4.0% since April 2013.

Retail trade sales (not including food services) were up 0.2% since last month and 4.2% above last year. Auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 10.5% year-over-year.

Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (NAICS 444) did better than average, up 0.4% since March.

May 2, 2014

Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today shows the April unemployment rate at 6.3%, the lowest level since September 2008.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in April. Job growth had averaged 190,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

In April, employment growth was widespread, according to the Bureau, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.

April 14, 2014

U.S. retail sales increased 1.1% in March, the biggest month-over-month gain since September 2012 and a long-awaited sign of an economic thaw after an especially challenging winter.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, advance estimates of retail and food services sales for March, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences (but not for price changes) were $433.9 billion. This is a 3.8% improvement above March 2013.

Retail trade sales themselves were up 1.1% from February and 3.7% from last year.

April 2, 2014

Seattle-based Global Harvest Foods, a manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed and the producer of the Audubon Park brand, agreed to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

April 2, 2014

Tractor Supply Company is spreading the backyard hen gospel nationwide through a series of local Chick Days and other educational initiatives.

“Chickens naturally recycle food waste and they provide invaluable fertilizer for gardens,” said VP merchandise Marc Johnson. “What’s more, there’s not a better organic source of pest control than a backyard chicken. They naturally eat bugs, ticks, beetles and other backyard pests.”