Volume 38, Issue 3, March 2003

IndustryOutlook

Growing Panes
With spring on the way, the desire to throw open the curtains and look out onto the seasonís budding growth is almost overwhelming. But what happens when customers take a good look out of their windows only to find that one of the panes is fogged, scratched or broken? 

Spring cleaning means many people will be repairing and replacing much of this winterís damage and its up to you to make sure that your prices are competitive with those of your competitors. 
USGlass investigated the rates to replace a double-strength window glass lite, in a 36-inch wide by 30-inch high double-hung wood window. All prices include first-floor window installation. Compare and see how your prices stack up against these quotes from shops in Buffalo, N.Y., Little Rock, Ark., and Sacramento, Calif.

Buffalo, NY

Shop Price
Shop #1 $124.00
Shop #2 $75.00
Shop #3 $70.75
Shop #4 $105.00
Shop #5 $85.00
Mean $91.95
Median $85.00


Little Rock, Ark.

Shop Price
Shop #1 $109.00
Shop #2 $94.63
Shop #3 $95.00
Shop #4 $90.00
Shop #5 $85.00
Mean $94.73
Median $94.63

 

Sacramento, Calif.

Shop Price
Shop #1 $79.25
Shop #2 $82.00
Shop #3 $95.90
Shop #4 $81.94
Shop #5 $85.00
Mean $84.82
Median $82.00


The mean is an intermediate figure between two extremes, and the median 
represents the middle number in a series arranged in order of size.

Residential Report Card

Privately Owned Housing Units Started
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, Thousands of Units

MONTH '01 TOTAL '02 TOTAL '03 TOTAL
January 1,651 1,678 1,781
February 1,315 1,785 --
March 1,586 1,646 --
April 1,609 1,566 --
May 1,621 1,735 --
June 1,587 1,672 --
July 1,558 1,666 --
August 1,571 1,727 --
September 1,528 1,733 --
October 1,473 1,772 --
November 1,564 1,725 --
December 1,570 1,887 --

Construction Report Card

Monthly Construction Contract Value
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, In Millions

  DEC '02 JAN '03 % CHANGE
Nonresidential Bldg. $142,521 $148,235 +4
Residential Bldg. $262,001 $264,490 +1
Nonbuilding Const. $89,409 $91,650 +3
TOTAL CONST. $493, 931 $504, 375 +2

Average relative standard error three percent ē (p=preliminary)
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

YEAR-To-DATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT VALUE
Unadjusted Totals, In Millions

  1 MOS '2 1 MOS '03 % CHANGE
Nonresidential Bldg. $12,509 $10,668 -15
Residential Bldg. $17,711 $18,679 +5
Nonbuilding Const. $8,688 $6,376 -27
TOTAL CONST. $38,908 $35,723 -8

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