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Mixed Outlook for Retail Building Products Amid Coronavirus

The Building Products – Retail industry comprises U.S. home improvement retailers, manufactures of industrial and construction materials and distributors of wallboard and ceilings systems. Some of the industry participants also offer products and services for home decoration, repair and remodeling, and in-home delivery and installation services.

The industry players provide a wide array of products, ranging from cement or concrete foundation materials to roofing boards and shingles. The companies also sell lumber, insulation materials, drywall, plumbing fixtures, hard-surface flooring, lawn and garden, and decor products. Some players also deal in threaded fastener products, and manufactured and natural stone tiles. The industry players cater to professional homebuilders, sub-contractors, remodelers and consumers.

Let’s take a look at the industry’s three major themes:

  • The industry’s prospects remain closely tied to U.S. housing market conditions, and repair and remodeling (R&R) activity. The bleak near-term prospects of the housing market amid coronavirus-induced high unemployment and
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73-year-old woman survives coronavirus after 51 days in intensive care

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jim Eaton held his wife’s hand Saturday afternoon for the first time in 51 days — the longest period the Louisville couple has been separated in more than five decades of marriage. 

When Paula Eaton was wheeled on a gurney out of Baptist Hospital East, more than a dozen nurses created a tunnel to clap and cheer for her as the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” played in the background. 

Paula holds the record for the hospital’s longest amount of time a COVID-19 patient has spent in the Intensive Care Unit before being discharged.

When she was admitted to Baptist East Hospital on March 27, there were only 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. She was within the first 20 reported cases of the coronavirus in the state. 

After 51 days, several rounds of pneumonia, a blood infection, and weeks on a ventilator and tracheal

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England’s anglers cast coronavirus worries aside, return to action

By William James and Ben Makori

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – The whoosh and splosh of fishing lines break the silence of a sunny morning on the banks of an English reservoir as dozens of anglers cast their rods in search of trout, and a few precious hours of escape from the coronavirus crisis.

Days after Britain eased its lockdown restrictions, the bucolic scene at Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford, central England, is being played out all across the country as fisheries are allowed to reopen their gates for the first time in seven weeks.

“Today is just a lovely thing to be able to do just given the current state of everything,” said Patrick Quelch a 52-year old part-time primary school teacher.

“You obviously think about the whole COVID thing and how it’s affecting people … But when you’re out here, it’s an escapism, isn’t it? It’s time to not think

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