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Remodelers' confidence holds steady in Q4

"The overall remodeling market remains strong, but there are signs of concern related to rising labor and input costs," said NAHB Remodelers chair Joanne Theunissen, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Mt. Pleasant, Mich. "Remodelers are battling sticker shock with many home owners who expect lower bids." Read More

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Lower interest rates stabilize builder confidence

"The gradual decline in mortgage rates in recent weeks helped to sustain builder sentiment," said NAHB chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. "Low unemployment, solid job growth and favorable demographics should support housing demand in the coming months." Read More

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The US Market and what to expect in 2019

The US Market and what to expect in 2019 From Ceramic World Web – January 15, 2019  by  Joseph Lundgren Consulting  With the US market being one of the… Read More

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Growth stalls for Italian tiles

After five years of uninterrupted growth, the Italian ceramic tile industry experienced a downturn in 2018 with production, sales and exports all seeing falls of between 2% and 3%. Read More

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Stone Fabricator Market Forecast for 2019

While the majority of participants have high hopes for the coming year, another 12% said the market would remain status quo and 6% are bracing for a drop in sales revenue. The mean average of 26% growth is a 7% increase from last year’s results. Read More

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2019: Forecasting Business Getting More Difficult Every Day

Overall, 2019 will be a perfectly decent economic year, but without the raw enthusiasm of the past decade. It will be interesting to see how the White House handles a slowing economy. Read More

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Growing housing challenges for our older Americans

Growing housing challenges for our older Americans Thursday, January 03, 2019 from Floor Covering Weekly By Kermit Baker With the aging of baby boomers and delayed… Read More

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Q4 floor covering dollar sales up by 5.3 percent

Q4 floor covering dollar sales up by 5.3 percent Wednesday, January 02, 2019 from Floor Covering Weekly [Delray Beach, Fla.] Catalina Research has released the… Read More

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The freight train has begun to slow

Despite the recent strong economic indicators, there are growing signs that the economy may be entering a slowdown over the coming quarters. Read More

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Housing starts rose 3.2 percent in November

Privately‐owned housing units authorized by building permits in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,328,000. This is 5.0 percent above the revised October rate of 1,265,000 and is 0.4 percent above the November 2017 rate of 1,323,000. Read More