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U.S. Furniture Orders Up in June

U.S. residential furniture factory orders in June were up 7% above the comparable month in 2020, with over 66% of the participants reporting new orders. Year-to-date orders jumped 51% over the first five months of 2020, with 94% of participants reporting higher orders. Furniture shipments rose 38% over June 2020 and year-to-date totals increased 42%

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July U.S. Kitchen and Bath Sales Mixed

U.S. kitchen and bath cabinet sales in July were 7.2% higher than the comparable month in 2020, but fell 11.5% from June, according to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s (KCMA) monthly Trend of Business member survey. Semi-custom sales decreased 1.1% from July 2020 and were down 17.2% from June. Custom cabinetry sales were up 10.3%

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U.S. Architectural Billings Fall in July

The July Architecture Billings Index (ABI) decreased 2.5 points from June to 54.6 according to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Economics & Market Research Group. A score below 50 indicates a decline in billings. Design contracts fell 0.9 points from June to 58.0. July billings were in positive territory across all geographic regions but

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Canadian Building Permits Fall in July

Canadian building permits in July fell 3.9% from June to $9.9 billion (CAD) but increased 21.8% from the year-ago period.  Residential authorizations decreased 3.1% from June to $6.97 billion but were 30.3% higher than July 2020.  Single-family totals reached $3.08 billion, down 9.6% from June but jumping 35.7% from the prior year.  Multi-family levels rose

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Mexico Manufacturing Decreases in August

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Mexico Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in August fell 2.5 points from July to 47.1, marking a quicker contraction after a near-positive July.  Orders decreased at the fastest pace since March, and production and exports continued to fall. The PMI index is composed of five sub-indices tracking changes in new

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Major Paint Companies Announce 2022 Colors of the Year

The 2022 choices for “Color of the Year” were recently announced by Behr and PPG, both green tones. Behr’s color of the year is Breezeway, a silvery green inspired by sea glass and a desire to move forward and explore new passions. PPG’s 2022 color is Olive Sprig, a gray green reflecting regrowth after the

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U.S. Furniture Orders Up in June

U.S. residential furniture factory orders in June were up 7% above the comparable month in 2020, with over 66% of the participants reporting new orders. Year-to-date orders jumped 51% over the first five months of 2020, with 94% of participants reporting higher orders. Furniture shipments rose 38% over June 2020 and year-to-date totals increased 42%

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July U.S. Kitchen and Bath Sales Mixed

U.S. kitchen and bath cabinet sales in July were 7.2% higher than the comparable month in 2020, but fell 11.5% from June, according to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s (KCMA) monthly Trend of Business member survey. Semi-custom sales decreased 1.1% from July 2020 and were down 17.2% from June. Custom cabinetry sales were up 10.3%

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U.S. Architectural Billings Fall in July

The July Architecture Billings Index (ABI) decreased 2.5 points from June to 54.6 according to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Economics & Market Research Group. A score below 50 indicates a decline in billings. Design contracts fell 0.9 points from June to 58.0. July billings were in positive territory across all geographic regions but

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Canadian Building Permits Fall in July

Canadian building permits in July fell 3.9% from June to $9.9 billion (CAD) but increased 21.8% from the year-ago period.  Residential authorizations decreased 3.1% from June to $6.97 billion but were 30.3% higher than July 2020.  Single-family totals reached $3.08 billion, down 9.6% from June but jumping 35.7% from the prior year.  Multi-family levels rose

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Mexico Manufacturing Decreases in August

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Mexico Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in August fell 2.5 points from July to 47.1, marking a quicker contraction after a near-positive July.  Orders decreased at the fastest pace since March, and production and exports continued to fall. The PMI index is composed of five sub-indices tracking changes in new

Read More »

Major Paint Companies Announce 2022 Colors of the Year

The 2022 choices for “Color of the Year” were recently announced by Behr and PPG, both green tones. Behr’s color of the year is Breezeway, a silvery green inspired by sea glass and a desire to move forward and explore new passions. PPG’s 2022 color is Olive Sprig, a gray green reflecting regrowth after the

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