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Quikrete Industry Dashboard: Retail sales & stocks

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Retail sales had mixed results for the LBM category, and stocks moved backward as they came off their several-week high.

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National Gypsum quietly invents new product

BY HBSDealer Staff

It’s a relatively easy matter to soundproof a dwelling when it is built from the ground up.

But what happens when a dwelling needs soundproofing after the fact? That’s when the degree of difficulty cranks up.

Such a scenario occurs, for instance, when a highway, elevated train or high rise building begins to grow outside the window.

For these occasions, National Gypsum has a new product called Soundbreak XP Retrofit Board. It’s a 5/16-inch gypsum board that can be used in residential, multifamily and commercial walls. The product is an acoustically enhanced board that creates a constrained damping layer in order to improve the acoustical performance of a gypsum board wall when laminated over the existing surface.

SoundBreak XP Retrofit is also Greenguard Gold certified for indoor air quality. It consists of a mold, mildew and moisture resistance gypsum core with a specially designed purple paper. The Purple face paper is recycled.

National Gypsum Company is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 

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Video: Retailers launch new push against border tax

BY Marianne Wilson

The retail industry is ramping up its efforts against House Republicans’ proposed border-tax proposal.

The National Retail Federation has launched the next phase of a television and digital ad campaign against the tax, which is included in the House Republican tax reform plan.

The campaign features three small retailers who tell their own stories and convey their fears that the BAT would put them out of business.

“Small business owners are already struggling to survive in an over-regulated marketplace, and the border adjustment tax would push many of them under water,” said David French, NRF senior VP for government relations.”

French said that the three retailers featured in the campaign represent “the millions of Americans who have made enormous sacrifices to build their businesses and now are at risk of being taxed out of existence.“

“Their stories are powerful not just because they are real, but because their fears transcend regional and partisan politics,” he said.

The ads will begin with a two-week television and digital ad buy in the congressional districts of several Republican members of the House. The ads will launch in several communities across the country and will encourage viewers to go to stopthebat.tax to tell their members of Congress to oppose the BAT.

The BAT is included in the House Republican leadership’s “Better Way” plan for tax reform. While NRF said it strongly supports tax reform, it warned the BAT could cause retailers to see tax bills three to five times the amount of their profits.  Most at risk, according to the NRF, would be the small retailers that make up 98% of the retail industry and provide 40% of its jobs.

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