July 25, 2014
PDRA announces a new scholarship for member dealers…the Robert E. Petit Memorial Scholarship. One free PDRA educational course will be awarded monthly throughout 2014, beginning in June. Call (800) 737-0107 or email tina@pdra.org for more information…

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The Wonderful World of Color

The color forecast for 2013-2014 is out, and once again is a reflection of our ever-changing times. For example, Emerald Green has been declared the top color for 2013 by Pantone. A color that has long represented newness and growth, green represents moving forward in the difficult economic times we live in. A quick look around any furniture or home goods store in 2013 will most likely turn up a host of accessories and home décor items done in shades of emerald. That said, blue has also been predicted to be a major player in the world of color for 2013-2014. Again, difficult times make the soothing hues of blue attractive to consumers.

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2013 PDRA Scholarship Awarded at Las Vegas Show

This year’s PDRA Scholarship was awarded to Christina Haberny of Little Falls, New Jersey after being sponsored by member Bernard Rossi, owner of Rossi Decorating Center Of Little Falls. Rossi nominated Christina for the $5000 award, which is very generously sponsored by the National Hardware Show®.

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Modest Gains for Independents in First Quarter 2013

Paint and decorating stores posted modest gains overall for the first quarter of 2013 over the first quarter of the previous year. Not all regions fared well, however, with the Midwest posting losses of 5.9% from the first quarter of 2012. Canadian paint and decorating retailers also posted a loss compared to last year's first quarter figures.

On a positive note, the Consumer Confidence index has been above 50 since November of 2011, settling back to just below 60 in March of 3013. New home starts have been showing solid growth trends from a low 18 months ago of 600,000 units to just over 1,000,000 units.

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Excitement Builds as PDRA Paint & Accessories Show Nears

This year’s PDRA sponsored Paint & Accessories Show at the 2013 National Hardware Show® is fast approaching with its return May 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The most comprehensive single-largest buying opportunity in the U.S. for the independent paint dealer makes this a “must attend” event! It is shaping up to be an exciting and informative showcase for the industry’s top brands and trends, where over 250 manufacturers plan to display their wares in many new and expanded categories.

Join the PDRA in the Central Hall Lobby on the Main Stage with the National Hardware Show® and the NRHA – National American Retail Hardware Association for the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 68th National Hardware Show® and All-Industry Conference May 7th, 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

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