NEW YORK — Maytag Corp. reported a bigger-than-expected third-quarter loss — down $0.21 to $16.98 — hurt by higher energy and distribution costs and weakness at its Hoover vacuum division, Reuters reported on CNNMoney Friday. The company, which has agreed to be acquired by larger rival Whirlpool Corp. for about $1.7 billion, posted a loss of $18.2 million, or 23 cents a share, according to the article. Reuters reported that excluding merger-related charges of $8.5 million, but including pre-announced restructuring charges, Maytag posted a loss of $.16 per share, which is worse than analysts” average estimate of a loss of $.08 per share. Click here to read the full article. For related information, click here. To return to today”s news, click here. To discuss this topic with other industry professionals, click here. For a free subscription to CM e-News DailyTM, the daily news service for the building maintenance industry, click here. For a free introductory subscription (or subscription renewal) to CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine, the leading publication for the facility maintenance and contract cleaning industries, click here.