SWK shows double-digit growth

BY Ken Clark

Stanley Black & Decker’s fourth quarter and full year benefited from sales volume and the impact of acquisitions.

Fourth-quarter sales for one of the nation’s iconic tool brands increased 17% to $2.8 billion, with the company’s construction and DIY business (CDIY) showing organic growth of 8%.

The company’s fourth-quarter gains were attributable to volume (up 5%), price (up 1%) and the impact of acquisitions (11%).

“As we look back on 2011, we are proud of all we accomplished in the face of a choppy and unpredictable global macroeconomic backdrop," said Stanley Black & Decker’s president and CEO, John F. Lundgren.

Earnings for the fourth quarter were $165.3 million, up from $137.8 million in the fourth quarter last year. 

For the full year, Stanley’s sales increased 12% to $10.4 billion. Net earnings increased to $674.6 million, up from $198.2 million in 2010.

The CDIY segment is expected to produce low single-digit organic revenue growth in 2012. While weakness is expected in Europe, modest growth in North America and strength in Latin America and Asia are expected, the company said.


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An article in yesterday’s HCN Monday about President Obama’s plan to investigate the mortgage mess generated a wide range of opinions. 

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Cool Energy House celebrates efficiencies


The Building America Retrofit Alliance is promoting the Cool Energy House, described as a "deep-energy remodeling project" optimized for peak energy performance.

The purpose of the project is to bring attention to the new energy-efficient systems and strategies that can impact traditional remodeling projects. 

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