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BY HBSDEALER Staff

Census Bureau data shows NAICS 444 and 44413 retailers continue to show sales growth compared to the prior year. And industry stocks continue to show strength for the month and the year.

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Another strong month for NAICS 444

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sales at retailers classified as building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers improved almost 10% year-over-year in the latest sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The December Advance Monthly Sales report showed the NAICS 444 group of retailers up 9.9%, compared to the prior year. The only sector higher among 13 tracked was Nonstore retailers, up 12.7% on the year. Furniture and home furnishing stores were also up 9.9% on the year.

The 444 classification includes lumberyards, home centers and hardware stores.

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Looking at the bigger picture of retail, the advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December 2017, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $495.4 billion, an increase of 0.4% from the previous month, and 5.4 percent above December 2016.

Retail trade sales were up 0.3% from November 2017, and were up 5.6% from last year.

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Meet the Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud

BY HBSDealer Staff

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the first OSHA compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum – the Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud.

According to Milwaukee, based in Brookfield, Wis., the product is Ideal for overhead drilling applications, and with a universal fit to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammers, the DUST TRAP is an OSHA objective data compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum. The accessory is also OSHA Table 1 compliant when used in conjunction with a proper dust extractor.

“As employers continue to equip themselves with the accessories needed to be compliant, it can be difficult to quickly and efficiently ensure full compliance amid the high costs of many solutions and the limited availability of cordless options that offer a universal fit,” said Iris Horn, product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “The Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud is the answer to these frustrations. A cost-effective and completely universal accessory, the DUST TRAP offers an efficient and flexible way for users to adjust to the daily demands of the jobsite while remaining compliant.” 

The DUST TRAP is built with a clear sleeve, which provides visibility when lining up the hole and during the drilling application. Once attached to the front of the rotary hammer, it keeps dust contained throughout the duration of the drilling process. Afterwards the sleeve can be emptied, and the entire unit easily collapses and locks for storage. The compact, collapsible design is ideal for hard-to-reach places, providing superior productivity to the user.

The universal fit of the DUST TRAP allows it to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammer brands and styles and all SDS Plus drill bits up to 8” in length, including stop bits and other anchor installation tools.

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