Assa Abloy buys Spectrum home improvement business for $4.3 bln

The logo for Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., is displayed screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. lockmaker Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc (SPB.N) has agreed to sell its hardware and home improvement division to Swedish rival Assa Abloy (ASSAb.ST) for $4.3 billion in cash.

Shares in Assa Abloy rose 6.2% in early trade on Thursday, buoyed by the deal and the prospects for expansion beyond its commercial business in North America into the residential market.

Assa, the world’s biggest lockmaker, expects operating earnings

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Plunk Announces Breakthrough Lending Program Designed Specifically for Home Improvement | Business

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 20, 2021–

Funding home improvement just got easier and a lot more cost effective. Plunk, the first mobile app using AI and machine learning to help homeowners make smarter decisions about their largest and most important investment, today announced its new home renovation loan, designed specifically for financing major home improvements.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210720005272/en/

With the Home Renovation Loan, a homeowner looking to upgrade their kitchen would save anywhere from $200 to over $1,000 per month— all while potentially adding to their home’s value. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Plunk Announces Breakthrough Lending Program Designed Specifically for Home Improvement | National Business

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 20, 2021–

Funding home improvement just got easier and a lot more cost effective. Plunk, the first mobile app using AI and machine learning to help homeowners make smarter decisions about their largest and most important investment, today announced its new home renovation loan, designed specifically for financing major home improvements.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210720005272/en/

With the Home Renovation Loan, a homeowner looking to upgrade their kitchen would save anywhere from $200 to over $1,000 per month— all while potentially adding to their home’s value. (Photo: Business Wire)

Plunk’s Home

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Apex woman, who started own fitness business during pandemic, hopes to win Ms. Health & Fitness 2021

APEX, N.C. (WTVD) — The Ms. Health and Fitness competition is happening right now virtually and one of the competitors is from right here in the Triangle.

Angi Van de Sande from Apex is hoping to be the lucky winner of $20,000 and earn a spot on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine.

Van de Sande started teaching group fitness classes more than 20 years ago.

More than a dozen Triangle athletes competing in Tokyo Olympics

“I really had a passion to inspire people and then help people and watch their progress and just motivate them,” she said.

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