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Husqvarna unveils all-wheel drive mower

BY HBSDealer Staff

Husqvarna has announced the launch of its new walk-behind mower with All-Wheel Drive technology, engineered to tackle the toughest mowing challenges.

The HU800AWD features a heavy-duty steel deck and a Honda GCV 190 engine. Complementing its All-Wheel Drive feature, the HU800AWD has wheels with an aggressive tread pattern, which provides additional traction and maneuverability.

Additional features include:

  • Side guard and grass comb, to improve edging performance;
  • Large, dust-blocking bag;
  • Premium, comfort-grip control bail to reduce operator fatigue;
  • Variable drive speed; and
  • Water hose connector for easy deck cleaning.

The Husqvarna All-Wheel Drive walk mower is available exclusively at Lowe’s and authorized Husqvarna dealers nationwide for $499.95. 

Along with the launch of the HU800AWD, Husqvarna is asking consumers to share stories of how they "Challenge the Impossible" in their everyday lives. Entrants must first "like" Husqvarna USA on Facebook, then submit a written entry (150 words or less) and a photograph to husqvarna.com/us/stories. The promotion will run from March 11 through Aug. 19, and will recognize a phase one winner in late May and the phase two winner in late August. 

The top three finalists will be voted on by consumers on the Husqvarna USA Facebook page, with both grand prize winners being awarded an outdoor prize pack valued up to $5,000

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Menards eyes St. Louis area

BY HBSDealer Staff

An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch examines the Midwest retail giant’s expansion in the St. Louis area.

As previously reported, the Eau Claire, Wis.-based home improvement chain is also building units in St. Peters, Mo., and nearby O’Fallon, Ill. 

Compared with Home Depot and Lowe’s, Menards stores are nearly double in size and offer 40% more products in-store, the company says.

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Retail and food service sales were up 1.1% in February.

BY Ken Clark

Data released Wednesday morning by the U.S Census Bureau, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences but not for price changes, shows $424.1 billion in retail sales, up 1.1% from the previous month, and up 4.6% above February 2012.

In the NAICS class 444 — “building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers” — sales closely followed total retail sales. The segment was up 1.1% for the month, and up 4.5% for the year.

The government estimated 444 businesses hit $25.603 billion in sales in February, up from $25.314 billion in January. 

The data also showed nonstore retailers were up 15.7% from the same month last year. And auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 8.8% from last year.

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