Walnut lumber ban, Lowe's layoffs top stories
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Walnut lumber transport banned by PennsylvaniaWalnut lumber ban, Lowe's layoffs top storiesAug 14, 2011 Pennsylvania says it has quarantined the movement of walnut lumber into and within the state after detecting Thousand Cankers Disease for the first time, in a tree in Plumbstead Township, in Bucks County. Read the full story

Lowe's lays off 650, closes 7 storesWalnut lumber ban, Lowe's layoffs top stories

Aug 16, 2011 Lowe's closes seven stores, laying off 650, as sales flatten. Consumer uncertainty drives repairs rather than remodeling and improvement projects, according to Lowe's CEO. But Home Depot reports improved sales and has a more upbeat outlook.  Read the full story

U.S. furniture factories reviving Walnut lumber ban, Lowe's layoffs top stories

Aug 16, 2011   Furniture start-ups are appearing in the Southeast. Kith Furniture is producing bedroom sets in a factory adjacent to Door Component in Haleyville, AL; and $3.5 million in grants are aimed a North Carolina furniture manufacturers. Read the full story

Walnut lumber ban, Lowe's layoffs top stories
Bush splits furnishings unit in two

Aug 11, 2011  Bush Industries, Inc., a maker of case goods and ready-to-assemble furniture for office and home, says it has completed the final phase of separating into two operating divisions: Bush Furniture, for retail and online sales, and bbf, for the commercial market segments.  Read the full story

Norcraft cabinetry sales up, profits fall Walnut lumber ban, Lowe's layoffs top stories 08/14/2011 Cabinetry manufacturer Norcraft reported second quarter net income declined almost 60 percent, to $1.6 million, down from $3.9 a year ago. The drop came despite a net sales increase of $0.9 million, or 1.3%, to $75.0 million

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