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A troubled housing market can usually signal a looming contraction of the home improvement industry. Home Depot’s recent results demonstrate strong resilience to this trend.

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ESA@Work | The existing home sales numbers for September aren’t great: pacing is down, interest rates up, inventory up but still lagging, and affordability challenging today’s home shopper.

Existing home sales in the US remained flat in August versus July, and down 1.5% year-over-year. Median prices continued to increase.

Yes, bedding has a high close rate. But the buying gap is still too high for a vital health product like mattresses. Retailers need to make the better sleep connection when consumers are shopping for a mattress.