February 10, 2006 - Modern Distribution Management

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February 10, 2006

Economic Outlook for 2006

2004, but has dropped by 10% since then. Despite the recent decline, plywood prices are still 20% higher than two years ago. In contrast, cement prices remain high as demand continues to exceed supply. Industrial DistributorsRevenues for industrial distributors rebounded in 2004 and 2005 along with the U.S. manufacturing industry. Total revenues for the more […]

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Commentary: Year Ahead Looks More Positive, More Complex

As the lead article in this issue outlines, 2006 is looking more positive than six months ago. Good news. M& A activity is heating up. Most industry observers expect Home Depot’s 12X EBITDA purchase price (almost double valuation multiples of two years ago) for Hughes Supply will continue to reverberate through the industry.Yet nearly every

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MDM News Digest 3603

same period in 2004. Profit grew 19 percent to $345 million from the fourth quarter 2004. For 2005, Praxair reported a 16 percent gain in sales to $7.7 billion. Profit was $726 million. More …Steel service center Earle M. Jorgensen Company had a 6.8 percent increase in revenues to $428.8 million in the third quarter

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Power Transmission/Motion Control Product Sales Up in 2005

U.S. sales of power transmission/motion control products rose 10.7% from 2004 to 2005, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) reported. Sales decreased 2.2% from November 2005 to December 2005, but were up 9.3% as compared with December 2004.Days sales in accounts receivables increased 3.9% as compared over November 2005 and were flat as compared to

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