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M/I Homes posts deeper 1Q loss on lower sales

M/I Homes Inc. became the fourth homebuilder this week to report results that showed a still hurting housing market. The company on Thursday posted a wider first-quarter loss than a year ago on slower sales. Full story

More people signed contracts to buy homes in March

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in March, but sales were uneven across the country and were not enough to signal a rebound in the housing market. Full story

Consumers felt more confident in April

U.S. consumer confidence rose in April as inflation expectations eased somewhat and consumers felt better about the short-term outlook. Full story

3M raises 2011 forecast after 1Q profit rises

3M Co. is raising its earnings expectations for the year, saying higher sales around the globe will offset the disruption to its business in Japan from the earthquake there. Full story

Sales of new U.S. homes rebounded in March

More people bought new homes in March, helping give the battered industry a small lift after the worst winter for sales in almost a half-century. Full story

Earnings Preview: Whirlpool to report 1Q results

Whirlpool Corp., the world's biggest appliance maker, is scheduled to report its first-quarter earnings before the market opens on Wednesday. Full story

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Home Improvement Market Sees Uptick In Business As New Housing Market Continues To Be Slow
Home Improvement Market Sees Uptick In Business As New Housing Market Continues To Be Slow

BURBANK, CA - APRIL 11: A customer looks in the bathroom renovation department at Lowe's home improvement store on April 11, 2011 in Burbank, California. The home improvement market has seen an uptick in business as new housing market continues to be slow. Lowe's has reported that their spring sea