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Housing starts sharply rise in October 2017

Nationwide housing starts rose 13.7 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million units after a slight upward revision to the September reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. This is the highest housing production reading since October 2016, when total starts hit a post-recession high of 1.33 million.  Read More

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Builder confidence hits high in November 2017

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in Nov. on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest report since March, and the second highest on record since July 2005, the company said.  Read More

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2016 Flooring Industry Study: Flooring Poised for Growth

As reported in Issue: floor trends November 2016, Posted Date: 11/08/2016; Author(s): Tanja Kern: The 2016 Floor Trends Flooring Industry Study, conducted by BNP Market Research and… Read More

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Slowing sales reflect sluggish housing market in Q3

U.S. manufacturer floor coverings sales are slowing in the second half of 2016 after increasing at relatively strong rates in the first half. The slowdown reflects weakening gains in builder purchases as housing starts level off. Residential replacement sales also remain sluggish despite increases in personal income. Read More

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Global ceramic tile market trends, forecast, and opportunity analysis 2016-2021

As reported in Issue: Tile & Stone Blue Book August 2016 Newsletter, Posted Date: 8/25/2016: (PR Newswire) Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Opportunities in… Read More

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When will the music stop for building construction?

As reported in Issue: FCW Global August 2016, Posted Date: 8/12/2016; Author: economist Kermit Baker: Last year, spending on nonresidential building in the U.S. increased by more… Read More

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Industry's slow climb continues

As reported in Issue: FCW Global July 2016, Posted Date: 7/21/2016; Author(s): Catalina Research: In recent years, carpet and area rugs have been losing share to ceramic… Read More

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Housing market finally gains traction

As reported in Issue: FCW Global July 2016, Posted Date: 7/21/2016; Author(s): Kermit Baker: With household growth picking up, housing should buoy our slowing economy. Although homeownership… Read More

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U.S. New Homes Sales Hit Eight-Year High, Point to Firming Economy

As reported on May 26, 2016 in NTCA eNews publication: New U.S. single-family home sales recorded their biggest gain in 24 years in April, touching a more… Read More

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55+ housing market remains strong in Q3

55+ housing market remains strong in Q3 Posted Date: 11/6/2015 on Floor Covering Weekly website [Washington] Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remains… Read More