Higher prices push up Sherwin-Williams 3Q net
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The Sherwin-Williams Co. said Tuesday its net income rose 3 percent, helped by price increases to offset the paint maker and retailer’s higher costs.

The Cleveland-based company’s earnings and revenue beat expectations. Its stock rose nearly 3 percent in late-day trading.

Consumers cut back on major home renovations during the recession, a trend that has continued post-recession as homeowners grapple with the uncertain economy. But paint sales have remained strong, because painting a room remains a relatively inexpensive home-improvement project.

Still, paint makers are dealing with higher raw material costs. Sherwin-William, whose brands include Dutch Boy, Minwax and its namesake, said price increases in most of its categories helped offset those costs.

Net income rose 3 percent to $ 179.9 million, or $ 1.71 per share, from $ 175.3 million, or $ 1.60 per share. Analysts expected $ 1.69 per share, according to Fac…………… continues on BusinessWeek
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Event today, Saturday all about spas, updates
News from StandardNet:

OGDEN — Home improvement is the theme for the 2011 Fall Home Show & Spa Expo sponsored by the Standard-Examiner.

“A lot of people are rethinking their homes instead of buying a brand-new home,” said event coordinator Jennifer Thorpe.

With new home construction down and a soft housing market, this year’s show helps people looking to improve their existing homes.

“People are making their homes better,” said Bullfrog Spas co-owner Shawn Maynard.

The economic downturn introduced the term “staycation,” Maynard said, which makes people want to improve their houses so they can stay home and enjoy themselves.

Event coordinator Cami Roberts said the event will help people in their home-improvement endeavors.

“It’s for people to come to, not for new construction, but for remodeling,” she said. “There are a lot of how-tos.”

The event, which runs today and Saturday at the Weber County Fairgrounds, 1000 N. 1200…………… continues on StandardNet

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Painting the Sun

The master new age piano pioneer took a cool and rhythmic detour in the early 2000s, working with some top smooth jazz stars to create a spirited, radio-friendly hybrid he playfully referred to as “smooth age.” After returning to his roots (and his original label, Narada) with the atmospheric Spirit Romance, his 2005 dual project with flutist Gary Stroutsos, Lanz, on his beautiful and impressionistic Shanachie debut Painting the Sun, comes full-circle back to the elegant and contemplative (but still engagingly melodic) solo piano vibe that launched his career 25 years earlier. His original idea for the album title was “A Time for Peace,” but taking a walk around his Seattle area home on a sunny spring day found him looking up and thinking about the artistic spirit of one’s soul and energy–which is what has always emerged in his deepest musings throughout his career. Beyond the eloquently stated originals (highlighted by the hypnotic title track, the highly improvisational “Spanish Blue,” a thoughtful “Hymn,” and the dark toned, moody “Evening Song”), Lanz mines the familiar ground of his musical influences as he covers the Pete Seeger-composed Byrds classic “Turn Turn Turn.” This lush reading continues in the whimsical spirit of his 1998 British Invasion tribute Songs from an English Garden. Lanz did well crossing over with smooth audiences, but this long-awaited project makes it clear that he expresses his truest heart when he’s sitting at the piano channeling heavenly inspiration. ~ Jonathan Widran, Rovi
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