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Orgill steps up Canada-focused services at latest show

ORLANDO, Fla. – Despite difficult winter weather in parts of the U.S. and Canada, Orgill’s Spring Dealer Market welcomed retailers from all over the world to the Orange County Convention Centre last week. Those dealers included some 200 independents from Canada, of which at least half were members of Castle Building Centres Group…

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Home Depot, Lowe’s ride U.S. recovery to strong year-end

MOORESVILLE, N.C. & ATLANTA —Big box giants Home Depot and Lowe’s are riding the turnaround in the U.S. housing market with strong fourth-quarter results.

Home Depot reported Q4 sales of $19.2 billion, up 8.3% from $18.7 billion, while same-store sales were positive 7.9% (U.S. stores enjoyed comps of 8.9%). Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 were $1.4 billion, up 43.8%…

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Lowe’s new style expert underlines focus on women

TORONTO — In its spring product preview, held recently at a club in Toronto’s hip West End, Lowe’s showcased its plans for reaching out to the female shopper, with an emphasis on home accessories for the outdoors. Two stores in Ontario, in Burlington and Cambridge, which opened last year, have already been highlighting the appeal to women with brighter, more attractive retail spaces, and a current retrofitting of the Hamilton, Ont., location will continue until the company is satisfied it’s up to par.

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British DIY retailer’s PR stunt ties public in knots

LONDON — The recent release of the movie, “50 Shades of Grey,” has prompted UK home improvement retailer B&Q to prepare its employees for a possible rise in rope and duct tape sales…

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Home Depot Canada presents softer side

TORONTO — Home Depot Canada’s seasonal buying team presented the retailer’s spring and summer lines recently, with support from some of décor and design’s hottest style mavens and bloggers, including Chris Palmer, a finalist in the TV show, “Canada’s Handyman Challenge.” And the focus was definitely on the softer side of home improvement…

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Groupe BMR names Pascal Houle CEO

MONTREAL — La Coop fédérée has announced the appointment of Pascal Houle as CEO…

Lumber Liquidators faces senate heat

WASHINGTON — Shares of Lumber Liquidator are plummeting since a report on …

Home Depot gets $200M windfall

ATLANTA — Home Depot is receiving $200 million in bond money on top of tax…

Ikea launches wireless charging furniture

LEIDEN, Netherlands — Ikea has launched a new line of home furnishings with built-in ports…

CanSave relocates show to its distribution centre

BARRIE, Ont. — Specialty building products distributor CanSave is moving its…

CHHMA hosts BMR breakfast

MONTREAL — Pascal Houle, head of Groupe BMR, will address members of the Canadian …

DeWalt tools give boost to Habitat

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — CN rail has announced that its program rebates have provided…

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Lowe's "heroes" fundraise for local communities

TORONTO — Lowe’s has launched its first-ever “Lowe’s Canada Heroes” fundraising campaign to support…

CanWel posts year-end gains

VANCOUVER — CanWel Building Materials announced that 2014 revenues…

CEO Cornell ready to shake up Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target CEO Brian Cornell’s first months on the job have…

Trouble ahead for big boxes

TORONTO — Target Canada’s closure is just one piece of “the slow death of the big box,” …

Alliance names executive director

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Greg Mann has been named as the new executive director of Alliance …

Castle members converge at Orgill

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Over 200 Castle members and staff along with an additional 100 …