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Floor covering distributors see 2010’s top sellers continuing to pay dividends in 2011

Today’s distributor is far more than the order taker and credit giver of its predecessors; it is a barometer for what is happening in a particular region.

This is true in multiple ways, from general business conditions to the latest in product trends and styles. In fact, when it comes to helping retailers decide which products make the most sense to carry, a distributor is a venerable weather bell of information. Continue reading Floor covering distributors see 2010’s top sellers continuing to pay dividends in 2011

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Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong

The general state of affairs in the commercial resilient segment is not far off from most categories. Most manufacturers interviewed by FCNews reported less than remarkable growth for the start of the year but were pleased to no longer see major losses in market share.

“The commercial market will continue to struggle as budget deficits in both the public and private sector hamper recovery efforts on a broad scale,” reported Edward Braulick, senior marketing manager at CBC Flooring. A significant reduction in tax revenues particularly hurt the retail and education markets by delaying remodeling and construction projects. “Some of these projects had been on hold since early 2009 and are now getting the funding to proceed.” Continue reading Commercial resilient: Healthcare, education growing; green holds strong