Volume 38, Issue 7, July 2003

IndustryOutlook

photo courtesy of ClearShield Coast-to-Coast Tub Enclosures

Eventually, just about everything breaks, including glass tub and shower enclosures. Your customers faced with broken glass enclosures may be surprised to find that the repair can be as costly as repairing a car. 

This month, USGlass called five shops in the cities of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and obtained replacement estimates for tub enclosures measuring 56 inches wide by 59 inches tall and featuring gold aluminum frames and obscure glass. The results show that the West Coast not only has better weather than the East Coast, but cheaper prices as well. While the average New York shop charged $555, including one shop that gave an estimate of a $700, the average Los Angeles shop only charged an average of $466.60—almost $100 less on average for the same job. Meanwhile, Chicago came in the middle, just like its position on the map.

New York

Shop Price
Shop #1 $550.00
Shop #2 $450.00
Shop #3 $475.00
Shop #4 $600.00
Shop #5 $700.00
Mean $555.00
Median $550.00


Chicago

Shop Price
Shop #1 $455.00
Shop #2 $495.00
Shop #3 $350.00
Shop #4 $645.00
Shop #5 $480.00
Mean $485.00
Median $480.00

 

Los Angeles

Shop Price
Shop #1 $475.00
Shop #2 $588.00
Shop #3 $400.00
Shop #4 $475.00
Shop #5 $395.00
Mean $466.00
Median $475.00

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 1,629
February 1,315 1,785 1,676
March 1,586 1,646 1,631
April 1,609 1,566 1,708
May 1,621 1,735 1,788
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

  APR '03 JAN '03 % CHANGE
Nonresidential Bldg. $149,080 $144,402 -3
Residential Bldg. $249,272 $254,716 +2
Nonbuilding Const. $83,450 $82,020 -2
TOTAL CONST. $481,802 $481,138 --
Average relative standard error three percent • (p=preliminary)
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
YEAR-To-DATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT VALUE
Unadjusted Totals, In Millions
  5 MOS '02 5 MOS '03 % CHANGE
Nonresidential Bldg. $63,897 $57,242 -10
Residential Bldg. $101,266 $106,576 +5
Nonbuilding Const. $45,308 $36,287 -20
TOTAL CONST. $210,471 $200,105 -5

USG

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