Retail sales, including NAICS 444, grow in April
The U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April were $389.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis. That’s an increase of 0.5% from the previous month, and up 7.6% compared with April 2010.
Total sales for the February-through-April period were up 8.1% from the same period a year ago.
Looking specifically at NAICS classification 444 — Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers — advanced sales for April were $24.496 billion; that’s up slightly from the March figure of $24.461 billion, but down 3.7% from $25.446 billion in the year-ago month.
The Advance Monthly Sales report also revealed overall retail trade sales were up 0.6% from March, and 7.9% above last year. Nonstore retailers sales were up 15.5% from last year.
All the figures above are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.
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Handcuffed suspect goes shopping for bolt cutters
A 19-year-old man in Pensacola, Fla., was arrested on May 8 after he escaped police custody and ran into Home Depot looking for bolt cutters to cut his handcuffs, according to a report on Fox 10 TV and other media accounts.
Michael Scott was first arrested early Sunday morning on battery charges, and police took him to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the altercation. Scott escaped from the hospital and managed to find his way to a Home Depot nearly a mile away. Store employees, who saw the suspect trying to remove his handcuffs with a pair of bolt cutters, called police. But Scott left through a back exit door by the time authorities arrived.
Law enforcement officials, including K-9 units, found the suspect hiding in a trailer, according to the news report. He was arrested and charged with several counts that include the initial battery, resisting an officer, escape and burglary.
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Leviton played a role in disaster relief
While most people think of water, food and shelter when it comes to emergency relief efforts, Leviton provided areas of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee with another essential product in the aftermath of recent storms and tornados: watertight locking plugs and connectors, 50 amp generator plus, and a wide assortment of other temporary power supplies.
The Melville, N.Y.-based manufacturer enacted its Emergency Response Procedures (LERP), which in this case meant immediately opening its 500,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Lebanon, Tenn., to ensure adequate supply of products in demand.
“Leviton’s catastrophe preparedness policy is to always overstock our selected lines of commercial and industrial products,” said Ken Wallace, who manages Leviton’s distribution center in Lebanon. “We are always ready for such occasions, and the emergency response protocol helps us to make sure we can react quickly to get our products to where they are needed most.”
Wallace worked with Leviton manager Rodney Coots and Leviton Southeast regional sales representative Keith Wiemann in the days following the April 27 storms and over the weekend of April 30 to manually pick items from the distribution center shelves to fill orders. Wiemann also took the extra step of driving the products more than 70 miles to meet distributors and contractors closer to affected areas to get much-needed connection products to disaster sites faster.
“There are no ‘hours of operation’ when it comes to helping communities in need and our valued customers. This team went above and beyond — some of them leaving family events and working through the weekend to make sure vital electrical products were available when needed,” said William Marshall, Leviton senior VP sales and marketing.
Diane Corso, a Leviton veteran of 35 years, coordinated the efforts of the Tennessee team through the weekend and made sure all customer orders were fulfilled.
This is a great story. I wish
This is a great story. I wish more companies did business like this. I have their products in our home and have never had an issue for over 30 years!