Resilient maintains market share on value story

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Resilient maintains market share on value story

The way you look at the resilient industry in 2009 is consistent with whether you look at the glass half full or half empty. On one hand, the category was off double digits in both sales dollars and volume, between 15% and 20%, with the declines a bit worse on the commercial side. Then again, the drops were not as pronounced as what occurred with hardwood and ceramic tile, which were off more than 20%...

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Scoring Flooring: Industry stats for 2009

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Scoring Flooring: Industry stats for 2009

The year that was 2009 was one the United States flooring industry would just as soon forget. Besieged by a challenging economy, sagging consumer confidence, high unemployment, stagnant new construction and a credit crunch, industry sales topped out at $16.189 billion, down 18% from $19.743 billion in 2008. The number represents the industry’s lowest sales volume since 1997. Things were slightly better in terms of volume with 16.807 billion square feet of flooring sold into...

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Laminate under siege from imports, competitive products, prices plummet as alternative channels gain ground

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Laminate under siege from imports, competitive products, prices plummet as alternative channels gain ground

Hammered by the recession and pressured by competing products, the U.S. laminate flooring market dropped for the third consecutive year. But just how much is largely debatable. Many factions have the category down significantly to the tune of 20%. Others peg the drop in the mid-teens. But FCNews research revealed a completely different story. After conferring with just about every significant laminate flooring supplier to the U.S., and after being made privy to confidential sales...

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Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Ceramic tile sales drop 20% for third consecutive year, new home construction is primary culprit

Not unlike flooring’s other categories, ceramic tile experienced a significant double-digit decline in 2009. In the minds of many ceramic executives, it was a year to forget. And while the economy played a prominent role, with the usual suspects being high unemployment, tighter lending practices, soaring foreclosures, falling home prices and a more cautious buyer, many industry pundits put the blame more squarely on poor housing starts— something tied very closely to this segment—rather than...

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Soft surface still has dominant market share, carpet nearly 50% of total flooring market

June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Soft surface still has dominant market share, carpet nearly 50% of total flooring market

There is no doubt 2009 was a tough year for the broadloom segment. The reasons for this are many, with most agreeing the category’s biggest challenges involved the continued decline of the single-family builder business, or new home starts; the significant slowdown of the commercial market; high unemployment, and low consumer confidence. From a retail perspective, these factors represent “the big three” of things that affected 2009 in a negative way. According to industry sources,...

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Armstrong appoints Espe as president and CEO

June 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Armstrong appoints Espe as president and CEO

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong has named Matthew  Espe chief executive officer and president of the company. His appointment will become effective in late July. “Matt brings a proven track record of placing a strong focus on customer service and profitable growth and is ideally suited to lead Armstrong into its next phase of growth,” said James J. O’Connor, Armstrong’s chairman. “Matt is an experienced executive who knows how to run large organizations efficiently and effectively. Throughout his...

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Obituary: Seymour Gardner, founder of Gardner Carpets

June 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Obituary: Seymour Gardner, founder of Gardner Carpets

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Seymour Gardner began his illustrious career in the distributing business and spent a half century doing what he loved. He was respected and admired by retailers and suppliers and is remembered by many as a man of integrity and compassion. He cared about people and many of his clients were his friends. On June 12, he died of heart failure at his home here. He was 80. (more…)

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Nourison places Woods in Northeast territory

June 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Nourison places Woods in Northeast territory

Saddle Brook, N.J.—Nourison appointed Theolene Woods as the account executive for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Upstate New York. She will be responsible for service and developing business with the company’s dealers in that area, and handling the 60-collection rug line, plus thousands of broadloom and runner SKUs. She will also handle the newer Nourtex brand, the more moderately priced decorative broadlooms and runners. (more…)

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Karndean’s Opus wins silver award at NeoCon

June 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Karndean’s Opus wins silver award at NeoCon

Export, Pa.—Karndean International’s Opus flooring received a sliver award in the Best New Products Competition at NeoCon, held June 14 to 16 in Chicago. Sponsored by Contract Magazine, 13 competitors submitted 400 new products for the review of 60 judges. “We are exceptionally pleased to be recognized by NeoCon with this prestigious award,” said Michael Lang, senior marketing manager. “Opus opens an endless range of creative possibilities for architects and commercial designers, delivering performance specifically...

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WFCA extends Benchmark survey deadline

June 24, 2010 | Comments Off on WFCA extends Benchmark survey deadline

Anaheim, Calif.—The World Floor Covering Association extended the deadline for participation in its Benchmark survey until July 15. The association recently announced that the survey, previously a member benefit, would be made available to non-member retailers. (more…)

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