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China Ceramics to Expand into Southeast Asia

Jinjiang, China, August 16, 2019-China Ceramics Co., a Chinese manufacturer of ceramic tiles used for exterior siding and for interior flooring and design in residential and commercial buildings, has announced its plans to enter the ceramic tile market in Southeast Asia.

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Builder Confidence Rose One Point to 66 in August

Washington, DC, August 15, 2019—Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 66 in August, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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Retail Sales Rose 0.7% in July

Washington, DC, August 15, 2019—Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July 2019 were $523.5 billion, an increase of 0.7% from the previous month, and 3.4% above July 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Labor Productivity Rose 2.3% in Q2 2019

Washington, DC, August 15, 2019—Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased 2.3% in the second quarter of 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, as output increased 1.9% and hours worked decreased 0.4%.

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Eric Astrachan Discusses the Tile Industry's Position on Waterproof Flooring Claims

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John Baugh Discusses the Q2 Results of the Public Flooring Companies

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John Toliver Discusses His Decision to Sell his Carpet One and Prosource Stores in Phoenix

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