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2011 National Hardware Show: Day Three

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Retail sales, including NAICS 444, grow in April

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The U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April were $389.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis. That’s an increase of 0.5% from the previous month, and up 7.6% compared with April 2010. 

Total sales for the February-through-April  period were up 8.1% from the same period a year ago.

Looking specifically at NAICS classification 444 — Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers — advanced sales for April were $24.496 billion; that’s up slightly from the March figure of $24.461 billion, but down 3.7% from $25.446 billion in the year-ago month.

The Advance Monthly Sales report also revealed overall retail trade sales were up 0.6% from March, and 7.9% above last year. Nonstore retailers sales were up 15.5% from last year.

All the figures above are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.

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Handcuffed suspect goes shopping for bolt cutters

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A 19-year-old man in Pensacola, Fla., was arrested on May 8 after he escaped police custody and ran into Home Depot looking for bolt cutters to cut his handcuffs, according to a report on Fox 10 TV and other media accounts. 

Michael Scott was first arrested early Sunday morning on battery charges, and police took him to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the altercation. Scott escaped from the hospital and managed to find his way to a Home Depot nearly a mile away. Store employees, who saw the suspect trying to remove his handcuffs with a pair of bolt cutters, called police. But Scott left through a back exit door by the time authorities arrived.

Law enforcement officials, including K-9 units, found the suspect hiding in a trailer, according to the news report. He was arrested and charged with several counts that include the initial battery, resisting an officer, escape and burglary.

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