GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Universal Forest Products Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of wood and wood-alternative products, on April 16 announced its first-quarter results, including net sales of $489.5 million, down from $549.0 million for the first quarter of 2007, according to BusinessWire. The company lost $4.6 million in the quarter, compared to net earnings of $3.9 million for the same period last year. According to the company, the results reflect the continued decline in the housing market, a depressed lumber market and weak consumer spending. Read more.

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