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HCN Stock Watch: EXP soars above the rest

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Stocks were mostly depressed on Friday, with Eagle (EXP) taking the lead in percentage points with 2.21%.

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Expanding market for expandable hose

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The Pocket Hose, a Telebrands product with the “As Seen on TV” tag, is getting some competition, according to the merchants at Do it Best. 

During the co-op’s recent merchandise review at it’s Indianapolis market, lawn and garden merchant Gary Loosle pointed to the growing field of expanding hoses.

In addition to the 25-ft. and 50-ft. versions of the Pocket Hose — so named because it fits in a normal pants pocket when empty — hoses in the Do it Best warehouse lineup includes the Tristar Flex-Able hose and the Dap XHose and XHose Pro. 

The Dap XHose Pro, with its brass fittings, is expected to bring durability to bear on the category, Loosle said. 

According to research from Stevenson’s Traqline, the Pocket Hose rose from zero 16% market share in a year. 

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Industry Dashboard for Nov. 4, 2013

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Consumer confidence took a plunge in the wake of the government shutdown; retail sales disappointed.

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