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Houston Retail Increases In 1Q, In Most Categories

September 30, 2010 1 comment

THE GOOD:

Gross retail sales in the 10-county Houston metropolitan climbed 9 percent to $20.5 billion in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the first quarter of 2009, according to the latest tally by the Texas State Comptroller’s Office as analyzed by the Greater Houston Partnership.

THE BAD:

Eight of the 12 retail categories posted over-the-year gains for the three-month period.

THE UGLY:

Meanwhile, home furnishing store sales fell 10.5 percent to $573 million; electronics and appliance sales dropped 7.8 percent to $744 million, and building material sales declined nearly 20 percent to $1.23 billion.

Read more: Houston retail sales rose 9% in 1Q – Houston Business Journal

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Categories: News

Weekend Fill: Credit Cards Of The Future

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
Categories: Weekend Fill

Top Concrete Products Of 2010

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Concrete Contractor, the leading business information resource for concrete contractors, announced today its Contractors’ Choice Top Products of 2010. Top winners are recognized by readers based on interest and inquiries over the past year.

“Having the right tool or product is key to meeting production deadlines, providing high quality workmanship and ensuring budgets are met,” says Editor Rebecca Wasieleski. “The 25 products named Top Products of 2010 help our readers deliver a successful project.”

Full Article Constructionpros.com: Concrete Contractor’s Top Products of 2010 Announced

For the list of the Concrete Contractor’s Top Products: ConcreteContractorMag.com

Categories: Construction, News

Jobs Added In 25 States and D.C. In August

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Recovery or smoke screen?

Construction jobs were added in half the states in August, while the number of states with year–over–year job gains rose to 10 from just six in July, the Associated General Contractors reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The number of states that increased construction employment over 12 months was the largest since October 2008.

Read Full Article: AGC of America

Categories: Construction, News

Getting Advice From STIHL Is The Only Way To Go

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

As a dealer, we can honestly say this isn’t much of a stretch on the truth.  We see something along these lines everyday by customers who choose not to go with STIHL or other “sales people”.

The STIHL marketing department gets two thumbs up on this one.  Great commercial!

For more thoughts on the approach of how STIHL became the #1 selling brand of outdoor power equipment check out this article: STIHL in “Box Stores” – Negative Ghost Rider

STIHL Outdoor Power Equipment

Categories: STIHL

ABC Greater Houston Outdoor Extravaganza Is On!

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Associated Builders and Contractors 2010 Outdoor Extravaganza and Barbeque Cook-off Employee Appreciation Day is this Thursday, September 16th. 

Outdoor Extravaganza, Employee Appreciation & BBQ Cookoff

What’s a construction professional’s favorite past time? Outdoor activities! Ask any member of a construction jobsite how he or she likes to spend the weekend and you’ll hear a variety of answers, from hunting, fishing, and camping to off-road adventures or anything in between. What makes the outdoors even better? Barbeque!

Click here for event Registration

Categories: Construction

9/11 – Never Forget To Remember!

September 10, 2010 2 comments

SEPTEMBER 11 REMEMBERED

Categories: Weekend Fill