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Food, football and good times —that's what Super Bowl Sunday is all about. Not only is it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, games of the professional football season, but it is also one of the most popular days of the year for grilling. Acknowledged as one of the Top 10 most popular grilling days of the year by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, more than three-fifths of grill owners enjoy grilling for friends and family on Super Bowl Sunday. With grilling continuing to be a year-round activity, this number is likely to increase for Super Bowl Sunday.

At the top of the distribution channel for grills, home improvement centers are likely to reap the benefits of this year-round grilling. According to Casual Living's exclusive Universe Study, home improvement centers have captured nearly two-fifths of grill sales.

In 2007, the barbecue industry experienced more growth in grill shipments -- shipping over 17.4 million grills according to the latest figures from Hearth, Patio & Barbeque.

National 2007
November 4.7%
October 4.7%


2006 2007
Q4r Q1r Q2r Q3r Aug.r Sept.r Oct.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 4.5% 4.7% 5.3% 6.1% 10.1% 1.6% 2.3%
Revolving 7.8 5.4 6.8 8.8 10.6 6.0 8.3
Nonrevolving 2.6 4.4 4.5 4.6 9.8 -1.1 -1.3


Permits United States Northeast Midwest South West
October '07 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
October '07 1,178 144 187 537 310
Change from Oct. '06 -24.5% -7.1% -20.1% -32.3% -18.0%
Starts
October '07 1,229 153 207 577 292
Change from Oct. '06 -16.4% 4.1% -10.8% -19.1% -22.8%
New home sales
October '07 728 56 121 395 156
Change from Oct. '06 -23.5% 43.6% -11.7% -25.0% -37.3%
Existing home sales
October '07 4,970 900 1,180 2,030 870
Change from Oct. '06 -20.7% -12.6% -16.9% -19.4% -33.1%


Last year
12/13/2007 12/14/2006
Dow 13517.96 12416.76
NASDAQ 2200.16 2125.58


Source: Data Network, Huntington, N.Y.
Information and data herein, though believed accurate, is not guaranteed. Data Network is not liable for any inaccuracies.
Dow 8.87%
NASDAQ 3.51%


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