Census shows slow but steady sales gains
The U.S. Census Bureau announced Thursday that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $421.1 billion, an increase of 0.6% from the previous month, and 4.3% above May 2012.
Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers — NAICS code 444 companies — were up 10.1% from last year. The sector’s adjusted sales were $26.387 billion, up from $26.158 billion in April.
Other results from today’s report include:
• Total sales for the March through May 2013 period were up 3.7% from the same period a year ago.
• The March to April 2013 percent change was unrevised from 0.1%.
• Retail trade sales were up 0.7% from April 2013 and 4.3% above last year.
• Nonstore retailers were up 11.3% from May 2012.
Surprise operation: Home delivered to veteran
Country music star Kix Brooks changed the course of the lives of two combat veterans and their families, announcing that the soldiers will receive custom built homes from the non-profit organization Operation Finally Home.
Brooks made the announcement from the Sunday night CMA Music Festival concert at LP Field.
Air Force Combat Controller Staff Sergeant Luke Van Dorston will receive a home in Thompsons Station, Tenn., and U.S. Army Sgt. Ronny Wiley will receive a home in Charlotte, N.C.
Both builds are part of an Operation Finally Home partnership with American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks and LP Building Products to build six homes for deserving veterans across the United States in the next two years.
Franklin, Tenn.-based Carbine & Associates will construct the Van Dorston home, and Classica Homes in Charlotte will build the Wiley home.
“I cannot tell you how moving it is to watch the faces of American heroes and their families as they learn that they no longer have to worry or struggle to have a home,” said Kix Brooks. “There’s no greater feeling than being a part of an effort to honor our military veterans.”
“LP is proud to provide materials for the homes for these two heroes,” said Rick Olszewski, executive VP sales and marketing. “We are especially excited to be a part of these two builds alongside our customers Carbine and Associates and Classica Homes and Nashville’s American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”
Behr rolls out Behr Marquee for pros
BehrPro rolled out Behr Marquee exterior paint with dual paint-and-primer performance.
The company says the product is low-VOC and also has the ability to resist rain as early as 60 minutes after application.
“The Marquee product is our most premier paint that delivers best-in-class performance and the ultimate in dirt resistance, ensuring exterior surfaces look freshly painted longer with reduced fade,” said Colin Jaffe, senior VP operations for professional products and services at Behr. “Marquee paint remains looking beautiful and luxurious, even under extreme weather conditions, allowing a professional to increase customer satisfaction and reduce the number of future repaints required — which in turn increases business efficiency and profitability.”
BehrPro is the Professional Products and Services Group of Behr Process Corporation.
For professional residential and commercial painters, remodelers, contractors and property managers, the line has been specifically designed to provide the professional and consumer marketplace with a premium product that resists dirt and fading, while maintaining its finish in environments with intense rain, snow, wind, UV exposure and other extreme weather conditions.