October 30, 2008
When it comes to windows and doors, big box customers rate The Home Depot highest on value for the money and Lowes highest for quality. Those finding comes from a 2006 report now being offered free to industry companies by Market Resource Associates.
The study, based on a nationwide survey of 2,000 DIY and BIY customers, also suggests that service levels... more »
October 22, 2008
The National Association of Home Builders is forecasting 936,000 total housing starts for 2008, a 30.2 percent decline from the 1.34 million homes produced last year. Starts in 2009 are projected to slide 16.2 percent further, to 784,000 units, before picking up again in 2010 to the 1.0 million level.
Those projections were offered at NAHB's Fall Construction Forecast... more »
October 1, 2008
According to the Yellow Pages Association, October generates the most activity for "windows” as people prepare for winter. The organization reports that windows rank 85th out of more than 4,000 headings in their directories, generating 26 million references annually.
“Local window companies rely on Yellow Pages advertising to reach their target consumer, as well as... more »
July 30, 2008
Following a downturn in 2007 that exceeded many expectations, the German window market is expected to see about 1 percent growth in 2008, according to a new study by Interconnection Consulting. Italy saw a slight decline in 2007 and is expected to slip again in 2008.
Following a short-lived boom that increased window sales 6.4 percent in 2006, the German market declined 7.4 percent in 2007.... more »
May 14, 2008
December 1, 2007
Demand for windows and doors in China is projected to increase 11 percent per year through 2011, to 195 billion yuan ($26.5 billion), according to a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc. Outpacing growth in most other parts of the world, advances will be driven by healthy gains in building construction activity as industrialization efforts continue and personal and business income levels rise.... more »
October 1, 2007
With growth rates that have exceeded Western Europe for years, the window market in Eastern Europe is poised to surpass the West’s in size by 2008, predicts Interconnection Consulting. The Vienna-based market research firm reports Eastern European window sales totalled 47.5 million units sold in 2006, with a total value of 6.9 billion Euros.
That growth will continue to be strong for years... more »
October 1, 2007
Washington, D.C.—We are “almost certainly looking at another down year,” David Seiders, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders, announced at the 75th National Construction Forecast. Citing mortgage and credit problems; home sales, housing starts and permits all being down; and weak demand coupled with heavy inventory, he noted, “The question is will... more »
September 15, 2007
Global demand for windows and doors is projected to rise 5 percent per year to $150 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group. Product sales will be spurred by generally healthy economic growth, rising per capita income and ongoing industrialization efforts in developing parts of the world.
While demand will continue to increase, the study from the Cleveland-based... more »
May 1, 2007
Remodeling spending may be down this year, and again in 2008, but forecasters don’t expect the same sort of weakness that’s been evident in the new construction market. David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, is expecting a decline of about 1.5 percent overall this year and perhaps another half a percent drop next year.
Speaking as part of an... more »