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Scoring Flooring: Industry stats for 2010

At the end of 2009, following back-to-back years of devastating, unparalleled loses, most industry executives said the upcoming year couldn’t get any worse. Well, on one hand they were essentially correct. But, just because things didn’t get worse in 2010, doesn’t mean they improved over the previous 12 months. Continue reading Scoring Flooring: Industry stats for 2010

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Downward spiral stops for soft surface sales

Since 2008, when the recession really took hold of the country, “Flat is the new up” has become the hot catchphrase in business circles across the country. When it came to total sales of carpet and rugs in 2010, the saying could not have been more accurate as the year pretty much mirrored the previous 12 months and put an end to a three-year slide that saw total sales drop nearly 40% since their peak in 2006. Continue reading Downward spiral stops for soft surface sales

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Ceramic experiences largest segment increase

Coming off what most industry executives considered to be a terrible 2009, the ceramic segment was looking for something, anything resembling a turnaround heading into 2010. And while certain indicators signaled a modest increase of 5% to 6% in tile consumption and sales, professionals saw that as going mostly to inventory more than anywhere else. Continue reading Ceramic experiences largest segment increase

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Wood’s rapid sales descent since 2006 finally halted

By the middle of the second quarter in 2010, wood flooring manufacturers began to think the talk about the recession having officially ended a year prior was finally coming true in their neck of the forest. Then, at the end of April, the federal government’s homebuyer’s tax credit expired and so did the sales, thus ending the industry’s hopes the dark times were completely gone. Continue reading Wood’s rapid sales descent since 2006 finally halted