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Jan. 30, 2006, Vol. xii, #5
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U.S. home sales continue to slideWASHINGTON-America's housing market continues to show signs of weakening. The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes fell 5.7% in December, compared to the previous month, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.6 million units. That was the third straight monthly decline. However, 2005 was still a banner year for sales. NAR reported that existing home and condo sales for the year hit 7.072 million units, up 4.2% over 2004 and representing the fifth consecutive year of gains. The realtors reported that the median price for an existing house sold in 2005 rose to $208,700, up 12.7% from 2004. That was the biggest annual increase since a 14.4% rise in 1979. In addition, December's new home construction was up almost 2% over December 2004. "The bloom is definitely off the housing rose. Housing peaked last summer and has been weakening ever since," Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.com, told the Washington Times. Other analysts are predicting that existing home sales will fall this year anywhere from 3-10%. For example, analysts at Goldman Sachs estimated that the housing slowdown will begin to be a drag on economic growth by mid-year and by early 2007 will be trimming growth by around 1.5 percentage points.
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ClassifiedsLowe's Home Improvement is a Fortune 50 retailer experiencing phenomenal growth. With more than 1,150 stores and 175,000 employees across the U.S.A., we've doubled in size in the past five years and are now expanding across the border. Lowe's success hinges on having a diverse workforce comprised of the best people - passionate about their work, inspired by their work environment, and believing that home improvement equates to life improvement for our customers. Merchandising Opportunities
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Master Lock, an industry leader in the security hardware industry, is seeking a Retail Accounts Executive and a Bilingual Customer Service Rep. Retail Accounts Executive A strong understanding of the retail market is a must, along with at least 2 years experience with large retail national accounts, preferably in Mass Merchant channels. Preference given to candidates with:
- 3 years overall sales/marketing experience in working with large national accounts
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- Experience in the hardware/security field dealing with major retailers and/or industrial/locksmith channels
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SALES AND MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR As an international manufacturer and distributor of bath and shower organizational products, and pioneers of the original "award-winning" shower organizer, the Dispenser™, Better Living Products has an excellent opportunity available in our Canadian division for a Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator. In this marketing support role, you will report to the National Sales & Marketing Manager and will assist in the execution of our marketing plan. This position involves handling a variety of administrative and marketing projects including; sales promotion, analysis and support, co-ordination and participation in trade shows, telemarketing, entry-level sales account responsibility, preparing and co-ordinating merchandising and marketing materials, support in product development initiatives. If you are an energetic, outgoing individual with a post secondary education in a business or marketing related discipline with some years of experience in sales and/or marketing combined with excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and proficient computer skills, we have a fantastic opportunity for you. If you are eager to advance your career in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, please forward your resume and salary expectations by January 31, 2006 to: National Sales & Marketing Manager Better Living Products of Canada, Inc. 201 Chrislea Road Vaughan, ON L4L 8N6 Fax: (905) 264-3690 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We thank all applicants for their interest but only those considered will be contacted. (01.16_01.30)
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SALES POSITIONNational retail sales organization seeks proven sales professional to sell major hardware accounts in Quebec. Excellent remuneration and benefits package. Please reply to PO Box 130, c/o Isabel Bisong, Isabel@hardlines.ca and put "Sales Postion" in the subject line. (01.30_02.12.06)
MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITYMoffatt & Powell Limited, Mitchell, Ont. requires a highly motivated, experienced Manager. If your experience is contractor based, and you wish to improve your lifestyle, please contact us at fax: 519-472-8722, Attn: John Sim, General Manager. Competitive compensation package available. Note: only those considered for the position will be contacted. (01.30_02.12.06)
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