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Briefly..... Nearly 15 million grills were shipped in North America last year according to the most recent figures from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

Briefly.....

Nearly 15 million grills were shipped in North America last year according to the most recent figures from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. That's down about 10% from 2008 but still represents a significant amount of grills shipped.

Considering grilling is one of most popular activities for consumers in the United States, this number will likely increase as the economy continues its recovery. New York-based Easy Analytic Software, Inc. (EASI) is predicting an increase in grill sales of 16.7% over the next five years. And, that's good news for the industry.

According to Casual Living and HGTV's exclusive 2009 Outdoor Spaces Survey, 56% of consumers would include a grill in their ideal home resort — and with the grilling season heating up, many consumers may just add a new grill to their outdoor space.

Consumer credit outstanding
Percent change at annual rate
Seasonally adjusted

2009 2010
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4r Dec.r Jan.r Feb.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 -3.9% -4.8% -3.1% -6.1% -3.7% 5.2% -5.6%
Revolving -9.6 -9.7 -7.3 -13.3 -12.9 2.1 -13.1
Nonrevolving -0.5 -1.9 -0.6 -2.1 1.4 6.9 -1.6


Housing
Unit numbers in thousands
Seasonally adjusted annual rate

Permits United States Northeast Midwest South West
February '10 numbers are preliminary
Source: Bureau of the Census and National Assn. of Realtors
Feb. '10 503 57 85 250 111
Change from Feb. '09 32.0% 54.1% 23.2% 19.6% 68.2%
Starts
Feb. '10 499 49 93 248 109
Change from Feb. '09 39.8% 32.4% 72.2% 21.0% 78.7%
New home sales
Feb. '10 308 28 41 146 93
Change from Feb. '09 -13.0% 0.0% -18.0% -29.5% 34.8%
Existing home sales
Feb. '10 5,020 840 1,110 1,850 1,220
Change from Feb. '09 7.0% 12.0% 8.8% 6.9% 3.4%


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