Commerce Department

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Consumer Spending in May Weakest in a Year
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Retail Sales Dip for the First Time in 11 Months
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Construction of New Homes Plummeted in April
Foreign Fastener Manufacturers Nailed With Duties
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Foreign Fastener Manufacturers Nailed With Duties

If you've noticed that nails suddenly cost more than they used to, you aren't alone. Read more

Economy Rebounds
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Economy Rebounds

Economists trying to predict the future of the housing market were thrown a... Read more

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Remodeling activity grows
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Remodeling activity grows

Homeowner spending on remodeling ended 2004 almost 6% over 2003 levels, according... Read more

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Market Watch

Remodeling and repair Recently released data from the Department of Commerce confirms the strength of the industry. However, the recently enacted tax cut should provide a boost. Read more

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Lumber dispute ruling

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has preliminarily ruled that duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department are flawed and should be rescinded. A final ruling from the WTO is expected later this month. Read more

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Proposal resolving lumber trade dispute between U.S. and Canada

A Commerce Department proposal for resolving the lumber trade dispute between the United States and Canada has brought the sides closer, but doubts remain about the likelihood of an agreement. The proposal calls for the United States to reduce duties on Canadian lumber as Canada gradually privatizes its lumber market. Read more

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