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Retail sales hold steady in June

BY HBSDealer Staff

The nation’s retailers showed a sales increase of 0.1% in June, according to the Advance Monthly Sales report released Thursday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, June sales were estimated at $387.8 billion, an increase of 0.1% from the previous month. Compared with the same month last year, total sales were up 8.1%.

For NAICS 444 — the category measuring building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, including hardware stores and home centers — June sales were $25.140 billion, up 1.3% from $24.806 billion in May, and up 7.8% from from $23.330 billion in June 2010.

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Woodford Plywood to distribute AZEK products

BY HBSDealer Staff

Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Building Products entered a distribution partnership with Woodford Plywood, based in Albany, Ga.

Woodford will supply the full line of AZEK products throughout Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas.

“We’re very excited to offer our customers AZEK, as the leading brand of low-maintenance, exterior products through our branches in the Southeast,” said Darin Wood, CEO of Woodford Plywood. “It truly adds a new dimension to our already high level of customer service.”

According to Jim Gross, VP sales, AZEK Building Products, this has been a year of innovation for the company, with more than a dozen new products in the trim, molding, decking and railing categories.

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GAF offers roof makeover for contest winner

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wayne, N.J.-based GAF and the Lifetime Network’s "Designing Spaces" show are co-sponsoring the “Ugly Roof Makeover” contest, billed as “A tribute to the great American homeowner.”

GAF will select a winner who will receive an entire new roofing system valued at up to $15,000, and the installation of their roof will be featured in a segment of "Designing Spaces," a half-hour informative series that guides viewers on how to make their homes more beautiful and functional.

“A home’s roofing and ventilation system is critical to the longevity of the house itself, and we’re excited to be able to contribute the highest-quality products to a house that is badly in need,” said Paul Bromfield, senior VP marketing at GAF.

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