Content about Recessions

November 15, 2011

The demand for paint and coatings in the United States is expected to rise 7.8% annually through 2015, according to a study by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. The market is expected to expand strongly in both volume and value terms, rebounding from the declines of the recession-impacted 2005 to 2010 period.

September 1, 2011

An economic outlook report released Thursday for members of the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) points to positive trends.

The NBMDA & NAFCD Economic Outlook Report describes the macroeconomic climate as "positive," but growth is expected to slow in the second half of 2011 and into 2012. (NAFCD is the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors.)

May 2, 2011

Consumer demand for lawnmowers, trimmers, edgers, rotary tillers and other outdoors power equipment will grow over the next several years as spending rebounds from the 2007 to 2009 recession, according to the Freedonia Group.

Consumer demand for lawnmowers, trimmers, edgers, rotary tillers and other outdoors power equipment will grow over the next several years as spending rebounds from the 2007 to 2009 recession, according to the Freedonia Group. 

U.S. demand for power lawn and garden equipment will increase 5.7% yearly to $10.4 billion in 2015, the Cleveland-based market research group said. Improvement in U.S. housing activity, including both new construction and the sale of existing homes, will also benefit sales. 

April 12, 2011

Concern about rising energy prices and higher medical costs has many Americans expecting to spend less in the months ahead, a recent Deloitte study revealed. Despite showing no signs of spending less in recent months, the Deloitte survey found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of Americans believe higher prices could slow their spending in the months ahead. Deloitte's study also revealed that mobile and social connections are helping shoppers make savvier buying decisions in the wake of the recession.

January 28, 2011

A forecast from Customer Growth Partners, a New Canaan, Conn.-based research and consulting firm, is predicting home-related retailers will show the strongest growth in 2011.

CGP President Craig Johnson also predicted Home Depot and Lowe's will have their best fourth quarter performances since 2006 when they release their earnings Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, respectively.

December 29, 2008

The Conference Board's measure of consumer confidence fell to 38.0, an all-time low. The Present...

December 17, 2008

After years of robust growth, the Canadian housing market has cooled off significantly, new data...

December 11, 2008

Citing the fallout from a stronger U.S. dollar and “rapidly deteriorating business conditions” in its...

October 30, 2008

The Atlanta-based company reported a net loss of $2.6 million, swinging from profits of $0.9...

August 26, 2008

U.S. home prices declined at a slower pace in June, the fourth straight month in...

April 14, 2008

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) chief economist said the economy is in a...

January 13, 2008

This time last year, forecasts for the building industry were using words like “full recovery...

October 7, 2007

A lot of people were talking about the economy at the 11th Annual ProDealer Conference,...