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Volume 61, Issue 22, May 31, 2013
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This issue's lead story:
April New Home Sales Up 29% from Year Ago 
May 30, 2013. April 2013 sales of new single-family houses were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000 according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. More...
 In The News
Conference Board: Consumer Confidence At 5-Year High 
May 29, 2013. Consumer confidence, as measured by the Conference Board Consumer, improved again in May 2013. More...

Builder Confidence in 55+ Housing Grows in 1Q 
May 30, 2013. The National Association of Home Builders' 55+ single-family Housing Market Index (HMI) was up 19 points on a year over year basis to 46 in the first quarter of 2013, making it the highest first-quarter index since the index was launched in 2008. More...

Husqvarna Group Wins 6 red dot Awards 
May 29, 2013. Husqvarna Group received six red dot design awards for the high design quality of its Husqvarna-brand and Gardena-brand products. More...

Toro Company Reports Record 2Q 
May 29, 2013. The Toro Company reported net earnings of $78.4 million in the second quarter of its fiscal year, up from net earnings of $68.8 million in the same quarter of the previous year. More...

Deere Reports Record 2Q Earnings of $1.084 Billion 
May 30, 2013. Deere & Company reported second quarter 2013 net income of $1.084 billion, up from $1.056 billion in the second quarter of 2012. More...

Lowe's Quarterly Sales Down Slightly 
May 29, 2013. Appliance and home improvement retailer Lowe's Companies, Inc., reported net earnings of $540 million for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013. More...

Hon Hai/Foxconn Sales Down in April 
May 30, 2013. Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Ltd. reported consolidated April sales were down 5.08% year-on-year to NT$291.758 billion (approx US$7.74 billion). More...

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Dear Sir or Madam,

You have time until Friday, June 14th for apply to the 5th edition of the International WorkLife Balance Award, promoted by Lombardy Region - Italy, in collaboration with ALTIS - Catholic University of Milan,with the support of the Italian Department for Equal Opportunities - Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

The initiative aims to celebrate the best practices offered by Companies, no Profit Organizations and Public Administrations related to WorkLife Balance and Welfare policies as well as actions to promote women’s empowerment and improving families’ well being.
Winners for each continent will win a trip for two to Milan (Italy) and receive the award during the III World Regions Forum !
Furthermore, participants and winners will receive great deal of press coverage and will access into a worldwide network of projects, research and experiences’ exchange!
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Joining the Award is easy, free and very low time consuming! Simply  complete the Submission formand send it via email to press@premiofamiglialavoro.it by Friday 14th  June 2013.
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Kind regards

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
ALTIS, Postgraduate School Business & Society
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