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Breaking news in Wholesale Distribution

CFNAI August
Research & Analytics

Chicago Fed National Activity Index Declines to +0.79 in August

Latest Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) shows that two of four broad categories of indicators used to construct the index made positive contributions in July, but all four categories decreased from July.

Stack of new wooden studs at the lumber yard

Hammond Lumber Company Announces New Senior Leadership Team

Fourth-generation, family-owned Maine company makes internal promotions within senior leadership team and adds several new roles.

cutting tool consumption
Research & Analytics

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Drops 30.6% in July

Latest report shows U.S. cutting tool consumption down 8.5% from previous month of June, while year-to-date total is down 21.2% from same period of 2019.


EPTDA AGM Appoints Board of Directors, President for 2021/22

EPTDA — the executive association for industrial distribution distributors and manufacturers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa — this week announced the appointment of its new 2021/22 board of directors and president, effective 1 October 2020.

IRCG Pandemic Revenue Index September 7-11, 2020
Research & Analytics

Tough Labor Day Comp Sinks Latest Pandemic Revenue Index

Distributor sales drop 12.7% for the week of Sept. 7-11 due to the Labor Day holiday falling within that time frame, according to the latest Indian River Consulting Group PRI.

US LBM new location

US LBM Expands in Connecticut with New Roofing and Siding Location

Building materials distributor US LBM grows product offering and reach in New England with new branch in Manchester, Connecticut.

Stock'd Supply rebrand
Sales & Marketing

Distributor Bolts & Nuts Rebrands as Stock’d Supply

The new Stock’d Supply brand offers an entire suite of services from custom precision machined components to MRO to safety products.

trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments and inventories
Research & Analytics

Manufacturing and Trade Shipments Down in July

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments and inventories for July was down 1.2% from last year.

Industrial Production August 2020
Research & Analytics

Industrial Production Rises 0.4% in August

According to the Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Report, manufacturing output increased 1% during the month; industrial production was still 7.3% below its pre-pandemic February level.


3M’s August Sales Up 2%

3M reports that sales increased 4% in the Americas and 7% in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) last month as the company continued its post-pandemic momentum.

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