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Kansas Hardware business closes after more than a century

BY HBSDEALER Staff

J & S Hardware, a Pretty Prairie, Kan.-based hardware retailer and NAPA auto parts store, will close on Nov. 30, according to McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

The 8,000-square-foot store has been operating on the town’s Main Street for 108 years, according to Sue Farmer, who owned the business with her husband Jim. She pointed to the slow economy as the reason they are closing just four years after buying the business. According to the Pretty Prairie Community Association, several local businesses have closed in the last few years.

J & S Hardware, a Pretty Prairie, Kan.-based hardware retailer and NAPA auto parts store, will close on Nov. 30, according to McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

The 8,000-square-foot store has been operating on the town’s Main Street for 108 years, according to Sue Farmer, who owned the business with her husband Jim. She pointed to the slow economy as the reason they are closing just four years after buying the business. According to the Pretty Prairie Community Association, several local businesses have closed in the last few years.

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James Hardie posts profit

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James Hardie Industries, the Netherlands-based manufacturer of fiber cement and construction backboard, reported second-quarter sales of $341.9 million, a 12 percent drop over sales of $390 million in the same period last year. Net profit for the second quarter, which ended Sept. 30, 2008, was $36.2 million, excluding asbestos-related expenses and pay-outs. This figure reflected a 36 percent decline over profits of $49.2 million a year ago.

Earlier this month, the company announced the temporary closing of two production facilities, in Fontana, Calif., and Summerville, S.C., due to continued declines in U.S. housing starts. The market for renovations and repairs has also slowed, the company said in a statement.   

Last year, James Hardie agreed to pay $3.3 billion to an asbestos compensation fund over the next 40 years.

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Women willing to spend more on eco-products

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Women are more interested in green products than men are (by 57 percent versus 47 percent), according to the latest research results from the NPD Group. And women are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products. On the other hand, more men than women say that they are well-informed on the topic — which begs the question: Why do men say they know more but care less?

“While men may be well-informed and have less interest in the category than women, the question to ask is why,” said Mark Delaney, director of NPD Group’s home division, in a press release. “Is it the fact they are well-informed that is making them less interested, or is it a case where they don’t know what they don’t know?”

But while the gender differences are significant, general interest in green products — across demographic boundaries — is high. More than half of those surveyed think of themselves as extremely or very interested in green products. Recycled product use is high, at 65 percent, and about the same portion of those surveyed say they use CFL bulbs.

Another key finding in “Green 2008: Consumer Attitudes and Behaviors:” Green shoppers want energy-efficient items that save money. That suggests energy efficiency may be an easier sell than protecting the environment.

As part of its report on green, the NPD Group identified the top five environmentally friendly products consumers are currently using. They are: • Recycled products (65 percent); • CFL bulbs (64 percent); • Energy Star appliances (60 percent); • Rechargeable batteries (50 percent); and • Organic soap, detergent or household cleaners (26 percent).

The research also identified five top environmentally friendly products that consumers plan to use in the future: • Hybrid automobile (35 percent); • Recycled products (19 percent); • Organic soap, detergent or household cleaners (18 percent); • Energy Star appliances (16 percent); and • Organic beauty or cosmetic supplies (15 percent).

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