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PRO Group points to 2014 events

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Denver-based PRO Group announced its 2014 show dates and PRO Hardware Distributor event dates.

The lengthy list of PRO Group distributor member events begins Jan. 18 with the Buttery Co. 2014 Dealer Show in Belton, Texas; and finishes in December with the Wallace Hardware Fall & Winter Market in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

For the list of PRO Group of events and other major industry dates on the industry calendar, visit the HCN events page.

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2014 Walmart Supplier Survey

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HCN sister publication Retailing Today presents the 2014 Walmart Supplier Survey, in which Walmart’s trading partners weigh in on working with the world’s first $500 billion retailer.

Stories in this special digital edition include:

  • Relationships solid, but execution lags
  • Suppliers still crave insight into online opportunity
  • Suppliers find growth prospects appealing

Click here for the report.

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Report: U.S. retail sales rose during holidays

BY HBSDEALER Staff

U.S. retail sales reportedly rose 3.5% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, 2013, compared with the same period in the prior year. According to data from MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, sales of holiday-related categories, such as clothing, electronics and luxury goods, rose 2.3%, after rising 0.7% in 2012. 

The categories of jewelry and children’s apparel showed the strongest sales improvements, while men’s and women’s apparel performed the poorest compared with the previous year. Electronics and non-jewelry luxury items reported flat sales. Discounts reportedly helped fuel holiday sales growth.

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