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  • WASHINGTON— Americans increased their spending on autos, furniture, clothing and building materials in March, lifting retail sales for the first time in four months. Retail sales jumped 0.9 percent last month, after declining 0.5 percent in February, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. At the same time, gas has tumbled to $2.39 a gallon, a $1.30 cheaper than a...

  • DALLAS— Builders FirstSource Inc. is buying professional building materials supplier ProBuild for about $1.63 billion, helping to diversify its business and expand its geographic reach. Dallas- based Builders FirstSource is a supplier and maker of structural and related building products for new residential construction in the U.S.

  • FORTUNE BRANDS TO BUY CABINET MAKER NORCRAFT FOR $441.4 MLN@. March 30- Fortune Brands Home& Security will acquire bathroom and kitchen cabinet maker Norcraft Cos Inc for $441.4 million. Fortune, which makes MasterBrand cabinets and Moen faucets, will pay $25.50 per share, a premium of 11.4 percent to Norcraft's Friday closing price.

  • March 26- Builders FirstSource Inc, a U.S. supplier of residential building products, is in discussions to acquire peer ProBuild Holdings Inc for approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The negotiations between Builders FirstSource and privately held ProBuild are ongoing and may not lead to an...

  • DUBLIN, March 19- Irish cement firm CRH is assuming the merger of rivals Lafarge and Holcim will still happen, its chief said after CRH shareholders approved an asset purchase that depends on the deal. CRH has agreed to buy a number of mostly European assets from Lafarge and Holcim for 6.5 billion euros so the French and Swiss firms can get antitrust clearance for...

  • *Holcim wants to reopen talks on share ratio, governance. PARIS/ ZURICH, March 17- The boards of Lafarge and Holcim met separately on Tuesday to try and salvage their merger to create the world's biggest cement firm, two sources said. Holcim called a halt to the deal on Monday, pressing for the price and management structure to be changed from the original "marriage of...

  • Boral: Cost cuts, house boom drive profits   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 8:43 PM ET
    Boral: Cost cuts, house boom drive profits

    Mike Kane, CEO of Boral, says significant cost cuts for the past 2 years and improving housing sectors in key markets like Australia and the U.S. helped the firm to return to profitability.

  • Dec 23- Germany's HeidelbergCement AG is negotiating to sell Hanson Building Products Ltd, a maker of concrete and clay building products, to private equity firm Lone Star Funds, according to people familiar with the matter. HeidelbergCement is weighing a sale to Lone Star as a way to shed the non-core unit more quickly than through an initial public offering,...

  • Delphi's Korean JV partner complicates unit sale -sources Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    Delphi's Thermal Systems business has caught the eye of France's Valeo, Germany's Mahle and Japan's Denso and a sale could fetch more than $700 million. Delphi and South Korean companies Erae and Daewoo jointly hold a company called Kdac, which had sales of $1.2 billion in 2013, a quarter of which it generated in its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning...

  • London icon's new lease on life   Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Battersea power station

    CNBC's Phil Han reports from the Battersea Power Station and finds out more about this multi-billion dollar redevelopment of the site.

  • Favour News Corp's US Earnings: Expert   Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 11:42 PM ET
    Favour News Corp's U.S. Earnings: Expert

    Philip Parker, CIO of Altair Asset says he sold out of News Corp prior to the split, but would look at investing back in the company's 21st Century Fox business for U.S. dollar earnings exposure.

  • Opportunities in European Equities   Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 10:20 PM ET
    The Euro and European Equities

    Stephen Sheung, VP & Investment Strategist, SHK Private tells CNBC's Cash Flow which sectors he likes in Europe at the moment.

  • Investing in the US Homebuilders Sector   Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 5:45 AM ET
    Investing in the US Homebuilders Sector

    David Goldberg, homebuilders and building products analyst at UBS, says after last year's U.S. homebuilders rally there is a lot of profit-taking, so investors who want to be long in housing now, have to go further up on the risk curve to less safer names.

  • Home Depot Preps For Nemo   Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 10:33 AM ET
    Home Depot Preps For Nemo

    Home supply stores are gearing up ahead of a severe blizzard headed for the Northeast, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • The Housing Recovery Continues Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 12:59 PM ET

    The housing recovery continues. Residential construction is strong, but the commercial business is still spotty.

  • Hudson Yards: NYC Skyline Makeover   Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 7:44 AM ET
    Hudson Yards: NYC Skyline Makeover

    Stephen Ross,The Related Companies chairman, discusses breaking ground on New York City's largest privately-funded building project.

  • Officials on Scene of Dangling Crane   Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 4:10 PM ET
    Officials on Scene of Dangling Crane

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan delivers the latest news on the damaged crane which is dangling in midtown Manhattan. Louis Coletti, Building Trades Employers' Association president & CEO, also weighs in.

  • Armstrong World CEO on Growth in Remodeling   Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 5:36 PM ET
    Armstrong World CEO on Growth in Remodeling

    Matthew Espe, Armstrong World Industries CEO, discusses the growth in remodeling for both commercial and residential construction, and a look at the slowly improving housing market.

  • Weak US Housing Market Weighs on James Hardie, Boral Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 6:20 PM ET
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    Australian building products maker James Hardie Industries posted third-quarter profit below forecasts and gave a downbeat outlook, saying there were few signs of sustainable recovery in the key U.S. housing market.

  • 10 Rules for Picking a Company Name That Sticks Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 2:30 PM ET
    Contract

    First things first -- your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make.