Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, June 1, 2007
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.
|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
March '07 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
|Change from Mar. '06||-25.9%||-25.0%||-27.2%||-29.1%||-19.1%|
|Change from Mar. '06||-23.0%||-25.9%||-19.4%||-23.4%||-23.5%|
|New home sales|
|Change from Mar. '06||-23.5%||18.0%||-19.3%||-25.7%||-29.6%|
|Existing home sales|
|Change from Mar. '06||-11.3%||-5.1%||-13.7%||-9.7%||-16.7%|
|Source: Data Network, Huntington, N.Y.
Information and data herein, though believed accurate, is not guaranteed. Data Network is not liable for any inaccuracies.