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Industry Dashboard for Feb. 14, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Retail sales and housing starts will be reported this week. Until then, look at the gains on the Home Channel Stock Roundup — Tractor Supply, up 108% over last year; Weyerhaeuser, up 73% over last year; and Beacon Roofing, up 19% over last month.

Elsewhere on the Industry Dashboard, gas prices continue to creep up. As of Feb. 11, a regular gallon of gas sold at a national average of $3.13.

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Valspar sees sales jump 25.3% in Q1

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Minneapolis-based paint and coatings giant Valspar posted first-quarter sales of $842.4 million, up 25.3% compared with the same quarter last year.

Net income for the quarter ended Jan. 28 was $33.4 million, down 1.5% from $33.9 million last year.

“Results for the quarter were in line with our expectations,” said William L. Mansfield, Valspar chairman and CEO. “Our Australian paints acquisition and the continued success of our pricing and new business efforts drove our double-digit top line growth." 

In late January, Valspar announced price increases for its liquid coil and extrusion coatings product line effective April 1 and March 1, respectively. The increases range from 6% to 10% depending on the product type. The increases are the result of rising costs of raw materials, the company said.

"Looking ahead, we remain focused on addressing continuing upward pressure on raw material costs through pricing and productivity," Mansfield said.

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Around the Web: It’s Seattle’s turn for home price deflation

BY HBSDEALER Staff

According to an article in the New York Times, the housing crash is hitting cities once thought to be stable. Case in point: Seattle.

Home prices in Seattle last year had a bigger decline than home prices in Las Vegas, the article reports. 

 

 

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