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Executive forecast: Soft continues to be king—from products to sales

By Matthew Spieler 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

When it comes to the carpet industry, soft is the key word. Soft as in softer products continuing to expand, and soft as in the ways sales continue to be.

While fibers keep getting softer, to the point where some carpets feel like cashmere, sales are starting to come out of their funk. Overall dollars may have been flat for the year and units a tad down, but compared to how things have been most executives are OK with these results.

The carpet category, like many other sectors, is going into 2013 with some uncertainty due to varying economic conditions that could tilt business either way. Nonetheless, executives are optimistic and are expecting 2013 to be a little better than 2012. Continue reading Executive forecast: Soft continues to be king—from products to sales

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Executive forecast: Industry shows signs of life; 2013 to be better

By Matthew Spieler 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

While 2012 saw the industry hold its ground—improving better than expected in some areas—the end result left little to cheer about and even less to get excited about going into next year.

Nonetheless, there is still an overall feeling the bottom has not only been reached but, for the first time in a handful of years, is actually in the rearview mirror. This year may not be ending as strong as most would like, but there are numerous positive signs giving executives some hope this year’s modest gains will be followed by better ones in 2013.

FCNews spoke with some of the industry’s more diverse manufacturers—those who make and/or sell products from most segments—to get more of the “big picture” point of view on how 2012 ended and where things are going in 2013. Continue reading Executive forecast: Industry shows signs of life; 2013 to be better

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Executive forecast: Industry officials cautiously optimistic for growth in 2012

For most, 2011 has been nothing to cheer about. Not that anyone really expected different. In fact, when compared to 2010, many said while there were some differences the end result was pretty much a mirror image.

Unlike previous years where manufacturers were just hoping the downward spiral would stop, officials in general are taking a different approach to 2012. To find out their plans, FCNews surveyed many of flooring’s leading suppliers to get their input on what the industry can expect over the next 12 months.

FCNews’ annual Executive Forecast is broken into the various floor covering categories and can be found by clicking the appropriate features: carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient and ceramic tile. Continue reading Executive forecast: Industry officials cautiously optimistic for growth in 2012

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Executive forecast: Wood struggles continue but execs see light

By Matthew Spieler

 

While 2011 seemed to mirror 2010 for the wood industry, manufacturing executives say it was expected and, considering the losses that mounted up since the recession started, not so bad. Though the overall economy doesn’t appear much brighter in 2012, many feel there will be some upward movement due to pent-up demand as well as other indicators that favor their products. Continue reading Executive forecast: Wood struggles continue but execs see light