Contractors note challenges in finding skilled workers interested in construction.
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Housing starts tick up slightly from January rate.
Associated General Contractors warns that construction recovery remains fragile.
Interline Brands recorded a net loss of $15.6 million for the fiscal year.
Reuters reporting that HD Supply's private equity owners seeking $8.5 billion.
Sales, driven by acquisitions, were up 35.9% in 2012 for DXP Enterprises.
Bunzl acquired more than US$500 million in revenue in 2012.
Total 2012 sales for Kaman increased 7.8 percent over 2011.
With the acquisition, MSC gains a broader footprint in the U.S. and Canada and access to an established vendor-managed inventory system.
The alliance will operate under the name Sourcepoint Industrial to serve cross-border customers in North America.
Watsco reported 5 percent same-store sales growth.
Ferguson Waterworks expands footprint in Hawaii's water and sewer supply business
December manufacturing technology orders, as reported through the USMTO program, were up 17.8% from November.
Food cost inflation was 2.5 percent for the 13-week period.
Former Carr Supply owners have retained their positions and a substantial equity stake.
Grainger's fourth-quarter sales growth slowed, but sales overall were still up 11% for the year.
Fastenal opened 80 new stores and installed 13,642 new industrial vending machines in 2012.