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Titan’s acquisition of Slegg leads gypsum dealer into retail

VAUGHAN, Ont. — For Doug Skrepnek, one of the principals of WSB Titan, the acquisition of Slegg Lumber last year was just part of an ongoing growth strategy for the giant gypsum dealer…

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Changes at Lowe’s International as Aussie venture drains cash

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s international division, which oversees Canada, Australia, and Mexico, has undergone some reorganization. Doug Robinson, president of international operations and development, has stepped back from his role for personal reasons…

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Home Depot, Lowe’s results include strong Canadian comps

MOORESVILLE, N.C. & ATLANTA — Both Lowe’s and Home Depot posted solid profits and sales for the first quarter. While Home Depot’s profits grew at a rate almost double that of its rival, Lowe’s managed to squeeze out a bigger increase in sales for the quarter…

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Castle dealers grow locally

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Kindersley Castle Building Centre in West-Central Saskatchewan is the newest member to join Castle Building Centres Group. The operation is a start-up partnership established by Richard Reaburn, Melody Fries, and Sheldon Goodheart…

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RONA could add consumables as it cuts back other SKUs

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — RONA stores could offer a wider selection of consumer products and impulse purchases, CEO Robert Sawyer indicated at a press conference following the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting last month…

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Lowe’s reorganizes international division

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s international division, which oversees Canada, Australia, and Mexico, has undergone some reorganization…

RONA could add consumables

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — RONA stores could offer a wider selection of consumer products and impulse purchases…

Spectrum completes Armored acquisition

MIDDLETON, Wis. — Spectrum Brands Holdings announced it has completed the acquisition…

Castle grows in Eastern Ontario

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Castle Building Centres Group members are growing locally. The most…

Tembec suspends sawmill operations

MONTREAL — High wood costs in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region have prompted Tembec…

Retail sales rise in March

OTTAWA — Retail sales rose for the second consecutive month in March, advancing 0.7%…

Ace Hardware shows strong Q1 results

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Ace Hardware reported first-quarter 2015 revenues of…

LBM wholesale up in first quarter

OTTAWA — Wholesale sales rose to…

Lowe's enjoys healthy Q1 increase

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s had Q1 net earnings of $673 million, an increase…

Sears narrows loss in first quarter

TORONTO — Sales for Sears Canada Inc. tumbled by almost 10% in…

Castle welcomes newest Western member

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Castle Building Centres has announced the newest addition to its…

Home Depot beats expectations

ATLANTA — Home Depot posted higher profits and sales for the first quarter than analysts…

Wal-Mart earnings miss mark

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart reported revenues of $114.88 billion, falling short of the…

RONA looks west for growth

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — RONA is sticking to its plan of strategic expansion as it eyes possible…