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Briefly..... Spending more time at home? You're not alone.

Briefly.....

Spending more time at home? You're not alone. According to Casual Living and HGTV's exclusive 2009 Outdoor Spaces Survey, more than three-fifths of responding consumers did not take a vacation this summer. Of those consumers not taking a customary vacation, nine out of 10 remained at home and took a staycation instead.

So, what are consumers doing in their outdoor spaces? According to the survey, 86% are reading/relaxing and nearly eight out of 10 are grilling out.

Casual specialists are making sure they have what consumers want when it comes to outdoor spaces. According to Casual Living's exclusive 100 Powerhouse Specialists report (see page 88), all carry outdoor furniture and accessories and more than one-half carry grills.

Consumer credit outstanding
Percent change at annual rate
Seasonally adjusted

2008 2009
Q2r Q3r Q4r Q1r Q2p Mayr Junep
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 3.9% 0.8% -3.2% -3.6% -5.2% -2.6% -4.9%
Revolving 3.5 3.2 -6.5 -8.9 -8.2 -6.3 -6.8
Nonrevolving 4.2 -0.6 -1.2 -0.4 -3.5 -0.4 -3.8


Housing
Unit numbers in thousands
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

Permits United States Northeast Midwest South West
June '09 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
June '09 563 59 91 303 110
Change from June '08 -52.0% -80.5% -39.7% -36.6% -54.5%
Starts
June '09 582 81 108 272 121
Change from June '08 -46.0% -67.5% -21.2% -43.9% -41.5%
New home sales
June '09 384 31 73 177 103
Change from June '08 -21.3% -11.4% 5.8% -34.4% -9.6%
Existing home sales
June '09 4,890 820 1,100 1,810 1,160
Change from June '08 -0.2% -4.7% -1.8% -3.7% 11.5%


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