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From tailgating at sporting events to friendly at home get-togethers, grilling is a major factor in consumers' lives. In fact, when it comes to grilled food, two-thirds prefer to grill at home rather than eating out at a restaurant according to Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Fall 2008 Consumer Opinion Poll.

  • According to Casual Living and HGTV's exclusive 2008 Consumer Views Survey, more than one-half of U.S. consumers would include a grill in their dream outdoor space.

  • Three-fifths of grill sales in specialty stores are gas grills, followed by charcoal grills with 16% of sales and grill islands with 11% of sales, according to Casual Living's 2008 exclusive Store Operations Survey.

Unemployment
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

National 2008
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dec. 7.2%
Nov. 6.8%


Consumer credit outstanding
Percent change at annual rate
Seasonally adjusted

2007 2008
Q4 Q1 Q2r Q3r Sept. Oct.r Nov.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 4.1% 4.8% 3.9% 1.2% 3.1% -1.3% -3.7%
Revolving 7.7 7.6 3.5 4.4 3.1 0.0 -3.4
Nonrevolving 2.0 3.1 4.2 -0.7 3.2 -2.1 -3.9


Housing
Unit numbers in thousands
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

Permits United States Northeast Midwest South West
November '08 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
November '08 616 64 102 295 155
Change from Nov. '07 -48.1% -49.2% -46.9% -50.3% -43.6%
Starts
November '08 625 51 93 347 134
Change from Nov. '07 -47.0% -60.2% -55.5% -40.9% -47.5%
New home sales
November '08 407 40 56 210 101
Change from Nov. '07 -35.3% -27.3% -34.9% -38.1% -32.2%
Existing home sales
November '08 4,490 730 1,000 1,640 1,120
Change from Nov. '07 -10.6% -18.0% -16.0% -17.6% 17.9%


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