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Single-family starts increase in June

"The relatively flat housing starts data in June is due to a decline in multifamily production, which still remains somewhat elevated due to affordability concerns in the for-sale market," said NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz. Read More

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Builder confidence holds firm in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 65 in July, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This marks the sixth consecutive month that sentiment levels have held at a steady range in the low- to mid-60s. Read More

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Global Ceramic Tile Markets Seeing Mid-Size to Smaller Company Growth

According to the report, The global ceramic tile market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 7% from 2018 to 2024. Read More

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Floor covering sales weak in first half of 2019

According to the latest Catalina Research Quarterly Update, U.S floor coverings manufacturer sales (shipments minus exports plus imports) could have declined in the first half of 2019. This would be the first drop in sales since 2010. Read More

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Demand for Larger Homes and Lots Softening

The overall size of new homes peaked in 2016 for this cycle and for the last three years has continued to moderate, according to new survey results from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Read More

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New home sales decline in May

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 units in May, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-to-date basis however, new home sales for 2019 are 4 percent higher than the same period in 2018. Read More

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Housing affordability a national concern

Last year, almost $800 billion was spent nationally building new single- and multifamily homes and improving, repairing and maintaining existing homes. About 4 percent of all spending in our economy goes toward housing, not including furnishings, appliances and operations that take place in these homes. Read More

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Italian tile industry sees slowdown in 2018

Italian Tile production dropped to 415 million sq.m (-1.6%), while the sector’s turnover fell by 3% to 5.4 billion euros. Investments in technology remained very high at more than 500 million euros. Read More

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Housing starts flat off strength in Multifamily

Total housing starts declined 0.9 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.27 million units from an upwardly revised reading in April, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. Read More

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Builder confidence solid in June

"While demand for single-family homes remains sound, builders continue to report rising development and construction costs, with some additional concerns over trade issues," said NAHB chairman Greg Ugalde, a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn.   Read More