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What's likely to be in a new upscale home in 2015?

A new study by the National Assn. of Home Builders, based on polls of architects, designers, marketers and manufacturers bodes well for the casual outdoor industry. They say it will have:

  • a front porch, rear porch, patio and deck

  • an outdoor kitchen with grill, sinks, refrigerator, cooking island

  • an outdoor fireplace, pool/spa, audio/TV equipment, lighting

Source: National Assn. of Home Builders Economics Group

Is your store online?

  • 93% of households with incomes of $75,000 or more are

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, Nov. 30 – Dec. 30, 2006 Tracking Survey.

Unemployment
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

National 2007 2006 2005
Data refers to place of residence
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Feb 4.5% 4.6% 5.1%
Jan 4.6%


Consumer credit outstanding
Percent change at annual rate
Seasonally adjusted

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 r 2007 Jan p
r = revised; p = preliminary
Covers most short- and intermediate-term credit extended to individuals, excluding loans secured by real estate.
Nonrevolving credit includes automobile loans and all other loans not included in revolving credit, such as loans for mobile homes, education, boats, trailers, or vacations. These loans may be secured or unsecured.
Source: Federal Reserve
Total 6.0% 5.2% 5.5% 4.2% 4.8% 3.2
Revolving 4.5 3.0 3.9 3.2 6.3 1.1
Nonrevolving 6.9 6.6 6.4 4.8 3.9 4.4


Housing Unit numbers in thousands
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

Permits United States Northeast Midwest South West
January '07 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
Jan. '07 1,568 193 260 739 376
Change from Jan. 06 -28.6% -8.1% -32.3% -31.0% -29.1%
Starts
Jan. '07 1,408 196 195 716 301
Change from Jan. 06 -37.8% -18.7% -47.2% -37.0% -42.0%
New home sales
Jan. '07 937 61 181 529 166
Change from Jan. 06 -20.1% -1.6% 0.6% -11.2% -50.4%
Existing home sales
Jan. '07 6,460 1,070 1,530 2,540 1,320
Change from Jan. 06 -4.3% 5.9% -0.6% -7.3% -9.6%


Stocks Snapshot

Last year
3/15/2007 3/16/2006
Source: Data Network, Huntington, N.Y.
Dow 12159.68 11176.07
NASDAQ 2088.53 1962.21


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