From the AHMA survey: hot topics
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) surveyed members on two hot topic questions.
As sales of existing-homes fell in October for the second consecutive month, the AHMA asked: “Is a strong housing market important to the success of your business?”
Ninety percent responded “Yes,” and 10% responded “No.”
Secondly, with the Affordable Care Act stumbling out of the gates, the AHMA asked: “How important is it to your business that implementation of the Affordable Care Act allows you to provide quality, affordable healthcare insurance plans to your employees?”
The survey shows 35% responded “Very important,” 10% responded “Somewhat important,” and 55% responded “Not important.”
Simonton gets into the Swain School
The 62-year old building housing The Swain School in Allentown, Pa., underwent a major energy efficiency renovation project during the summer of 2013.
More than 250 old single-pane aluminum windows were replaced with energy-efficient Simonton Reflections 5500 vinyl windows.
"The most dramatic improvement was the addition of the impressive Simonton windows with their double-glazed glass and Argon gas fill,” said Bob Haas, associate head for finance and operations at The Swain School. “These low-maintenance windows replace some original windows in our structure from 1951 along with others that were installed in the 1980s.”
Featuring a classic frame design and a vast selection of styles, the Reflections 5500 series of vinyl windows provide offer energy efficiency. Windows come standard with ProSolar Low E glass with Argon gas fill.
Retail sales show strength in November
Adjusted November retail sales for "Building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers" (NAICS code 444) increased 1.8% compared with last month and increased 5.3% compared with November 2012, according to the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey from the Census Bureau, released Thursday.
The 444 classification retailers hit an estimated $26.4 billion in November, compared to $25.9 billion in October. In November of 2012, the report estimated $25.1 billion for the building material group. Figures are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.
Overall November sales for U.S. retail and food services sales were $432.3 billion, up 0.7% from the previous month, and up 4.7% from the same month a year ago. The figures beat most economists’ forecasts.
Sales at nonstore retailers were up 9.4% from the same month last year.