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Nearly two-thirds of American households grill out weekly — that's according to Casual Living's 2007 exclusive Consumer Buying Trends Survey. With two of the most popular grilling holidays (Fourth of July and Labor Day) upcoming, and with grill usage fast becoming a year-round event, the stage is set for fun and fraternizing with family and friends in 2007.

  • American households spent a median of $300 on a gas grill last year, buying half of them from home improvement centers, according to the Casual Living survey.

  • Statistics from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association indicate more than 17 million grills were shipped in North America last year.

National 2007
Apr. 4.5%
Mar. 4.4%


2006 2007
Q1 Q2 Q3r Q4r Q1p
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 2.1% 6.1% 5.4% 4.1% 4.6%
Revolving -0.4 9.5 7.1 8.4 4.3
Nonrevolving 3.6 4.1 4.4 1.7 4.7


Permits United States Northeast Midwest South West
March '07 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
March '07 1,544 156 244 737 407
Change from Mar. '06 -25.9% -25.0% -27.2% -29.1% -19.1%
Starts
March '07 1,518 123 237 784 374
Change from Mar. '06 -23.0% -25.9% -19.4% -23.4% -23.5%
New home sales
March '07 858 72 134 436 216
Change from Mar. '06 -23.5% 18.0% -19.3% -25.7% -29.6%
Existing home sales
March '07 6,120 1,120 1,390 2,410 1,200
Change from Mar. '06 -11.3% -5.1% -13.7% -9.7% -16.7%


Last year
5/24/2007 5/25/2006
Dow 13441.13 11211.05
NASDAQ 2258.22 1958.67


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 19.89%
NASDAQ 15.29%


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