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Calculated Industries rolls out Wheel Masters

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Calculated Industries, maker of the jobsite-ubiquitous Construction Master calculator, is now offering a line of four measuring wheels.

Able to measure up to 9,999 ft., 11 ins., the products are described by the company as durable, reliable and accurate.

“Every building professional, from contractors and remodelers to flooring installers, landscapers and pavers, can find the Wheel Master that fits their needs,” reads a company satement.

The products come in one of two 12.5-in.-diameter “Pro” versions. Also, there are “Classic” options with a 4-in. dual wheel, or a 4-in. single wheel.

Various features include pistol grip handle for ergonomic comfort and the ability to fold for ease of transport and storage.

All the Wheel Masters come with a two-year warranty.

 

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At AHMA, more say sales are up

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The monthly American Hardware Manufacturers Association survey of members shows a higher percentage of members reporting increased sales. 

In comparing current sales levels with year-ago levels, 81% of respondents said sales were higher in June versus year-ago levels, up from 77% in May.  For June, 19% reported sales were even, and 0% said sales were below year-ago levels.

“Hardware manufacturers continue to report improving year-over-year sales gains,” said AHMA president and CEO Timothy Farrell. “And with most economic indicators pointing toward an environment of favorable business conditions, we would expect this trend to continue for the remainder of the year and beyond. However, some recent reports, such as first-quarter GDP of minus 2.9% and disappointing consumer spending, indicate that future gains are not guaranteed.”

Looking forward one year, 67% of respondents project sales will be higher, down from 73% who felt that way in May. Twenty-four percent of June respondents project sales will be even one year from now, and 10% project sales will be below current levels.

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Unemployment now down to 6.1%

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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.

Among the industries that benefitted most from June’s job spike were professional and business services (up 67,000 jobs), retail trade (40,000), and food services drinking places (33,000).

Within the retail trade, building material and garden supply stores got a boost of 8,000 jobs in June.

Manufacturing added 16,000 jobs, all of which were in the durable goods sector.

June’s job growth was sharply higher than the rate seen during the first five months of 2014, and it was well above economists’ expectations. The average job estimate, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg, was 215,000.

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Jul-04-2014 06:50 am

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