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With women accounting for nearly 38 percent of all do-it-yourself purchases last year, the hardware industry and its manufacturers are redesigning tools to make the job easier for women.
At this year's National Hardware Show in Chicago, women-friendly products were on display, which included tools with smaller grips, gloves that accommodate long fingernails and lightweight lines of gardening tools.
North Carolina-based Lowe's also reported revamping its home-improvement stores to make them more appealing to women, who now account for 50 percent of purchases at its stores.