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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

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Existing home sales continue increase

Existing-home sales increased in Nov., according to the National Association of Realtors, marking two consecutive months of increases. Three of four major U.S. regions saw gains in sales activity last month. Read More

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Technology and versatility helps tile grow

Tile is a sector in which aesthetic is as important as function. Hard surface sales continue to climb. During the third quarter of 2018, hard surface flooring may have accounted for 56.6 percent of total dollar sales — a 7.5 percent increase from 2017, according to Catalina. Read More

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Builder confidence drops four points

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell four points to 56 in Dec. on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) as concerns over housing affordability persist. Although this is the lowest HMI reading since May 2015, builder sentiment remains in positive territory. Read More

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Single-family starts drop in November

Rising housing affordability issues continue to hinder single-family production even as total housing starts increased in Nov. Read More