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Home-builder confidence sees a big boost

Monday, 01 June 2009 18:04

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose five points in April to the highest level since October 2008, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This gain was the largest one-month increase recorded since May 2003, and brings the HMI out of single-digit territory for the first time in six months, to 14.



Kitchen, bath trends changing quickly

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 01 June 2009 18:02

For the last several years, there really hasn’t been one defined style in the kitchen and bath industry for consumers to emulate. Homeowners have proudly embraced their own personal tastes and make their dwellings eclectic and unique for their family, friends and neighbors. Keeping up with the Joneses has become a thing of the past.



Philly show buzzes with higher turnout

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 01 June 2009 17:59

The third annual Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show, held March 27-29 at the Philadelphia Cruise Ship Terminal, experienced a higher turnout compared to previous years, despite the slumping economy.



AWFS fair on course despite tough times

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 01 June 2009 17:57

While there’s no clear indication of how fast the woodworking industry is going to rebound from the recession, AWFS fair management has a positive outlook that things are headed in the right direction. This is illustrated by the handful of new features and programs they’ve implemented that represent industry trends ranging from green themes to shop automation.



Two million acres set to be preserved

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 14:02

President Obama signed legislation March 30 designating more than two million acres in nine states as federal wilderness. The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act also preserves 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers.



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