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Industry Dashboard for Aug. 1, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Channel Stock Roundup showed monthly declines for all 10 of the companies tracked. Gas princes held steady at $3.71.

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In bad weather, Trex posts sales, earnings declines

BY HBSDealer Staff

Poor weather hurt second-quarter sales at Trex, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products. The macro-economy didn’t help, either.

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Co. reported net sales of $78.4 million for the second quarter ended June 30, down 32.1% from $115.5 million in the same quarter last year. Income declined to $2.1 million, compared with $4.8 million a year ago.

"As previously announced, second-quarter sales were less than expected due to poor weather in much of the country and, to a lesser extent, the challenging macroeconomic environment," said Ronald Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO. "The severe winter storms that impacted many parts of the U.S. through April were followed by heavier-than-normal precipitation during most of May, delaying the start of the deck-building season and negatively affecting the sell-through of our products."

The good news for the company is that sales picked up with improved weather. Sales order activity in June exceeded order activity in June 2010 by 15%.

Trex recognized $13.3 million of non-cash charges during the 2010 period, which included a $9 million increase to its warranty reserve, a $1.9 million charge related to supply contracts and a $2.4 million charge related to its joint venture for recycling waste polyethylene in Spain.

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C.Clark says:
Aug-01-2011 02:51 pm

Mother Nature giveth, and
Mother Nature giveth, and Mother Nature taketh away.

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Paul Menard enters winner’s circle in Indianapolis

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Driving a Chevrolet sponsored by the home center chain founded by his father, Nascar driver Paul Menard won his first race

John Menard, founder of Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menards, celebrated the upset victory at the Brickyard 400 with his son at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The win was the first for Paul Menard, after 167 races.

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