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Briefly.....

Outdoor living is firmly entrenched as a lifestyle, with outdoor living spaces an ever-more important part of the home.

According to Casual Living's Exclusive 2007 Consumer Buying Trends Survey of affluent consumers (those with household incomes of $75,000 or more), the three most popular uses of outdoor spaces are for grilling out, reading and relaxing, and entertaining friends. About two-thirds use their outdoor spaces once a week or more for cooking out on the grill. About 60% of consumers use their outdoor spaces for reading/relaxing and nearly three out of 10 consumers use their outdoor spaces for entertaining friends.

When marketers provide the means for doing all three comfortably and practically, they'll fill a consumer need that's bound to lead to higher sales.

Source: Casual Living's Exclusive Consumer Buying Trends, 2007

Unemployment
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

National 2007
July 4.6%
June 4.5%


Consumer credit outstanding
Percent change at annual rate
Seasonally adjusted

2006 2007
Q2 Q3 Q4 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 6.1% 5.4% 4.1% 4.7% 5.6% 7.9% 6.5%
Revolving 9.5 7.1 8.4 4.0 7.4 12.2 8.4
Nonrevolving 4.1 4.4 1.7 5.1 4.5 5.3 5.3


Housing Unit numbers in thousands
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

Permits United States Northeast Midwest South West
June '07 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
June '07 1,406 152 228 689 337
Change from June '06 -25.2% -11.6% -21.9% -26.3% -29.8%
Starts
June '07 1,467 161 233 721 352
Change from June '06 -19.4% -3.6% -20.2% -20.4% -22.5%
New home sales
June '07 834 62 121 493 158
Change from June '06 -22.3% 0.0% -28.4% -12.9% -42.8%
Existing home sales
June '07 5,750 1,010 1,370 2,260 1,100
Change from June '06 -11.4% -7.3% -8.1% -11.4% -19.1%


Stocks Snapshot

Last year
8/16/2007 8/17/2006
Dow 12845.78 11334.96
NASDAQ 2130.71 1862.49


Since last year

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 13.33%
NASDAW 14.40%


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