Volume 42, Issue 11 - November 2007

Industry Outlook

To Bevel or Not To Bevel?
If you’re wondering how your mirror prices match up to the competition, USGlass has answers. This month we randomly called shops in Grand Rapids, Mich., Jacksonville, Fla., and Sacramento, Calif., to find out how much it would cost to replace a 42- by 32-inch bathroom mirror. When they asked whether we preferred polished or beveled edges, we asked for both, to find what type of price difference lies between these two options. 

 

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Shop Polished Edge Price Beveled Edge Price
Shop #1 $57.00 $95.00
Shop #2 $88.00 $128.00
Shop #3 $81.00 $122.00
Shop #4 $68.00 $133.00
Shop #5 $82.00 $108.00
Mean $75.20 $117.20
Median $81.00 $122.00

 

Jacksonville, Fla.

Shop Polished Edge Price Beveled Edge Price
Shop #1 $75.00 $225.00
Shop #2 $64.00 $134.00
Shop #3 $112.00 $146.00
Shop #4 $120.00 $190.00
Shop #5 $85.00 $210.00
Mean $91.20 $181.00
Median $85.00 $190.00

 

Sacramento, Calif.

Shop Polished Edge Price Beveled Edge Price
Shop #1 $65.33 $112.76
Shop #2 $69.88 $99.00
Shop #3 $75.40 $104.52
Shop #4 $66.00 $100.00
Shop #5 $81.00 $112.00
Mean $71.20 $105.40
Median $69.00 $104.00
The mean is an average of the figures provided, 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 ’05 TOTAL ’06 TOTAL ’07 TOTAL
January $2,144.00 $2,292.00 1,403
February $2,207.00 $2,125.00 1,487
March $1,864.00 $1,965.00 1,491
April $2,061.00 $1,821.00 1,485
May $2,025.00 $1,944.00 1,440
June $2,068.00 $1,819.00 1,468
July $2,054.00 $1,746.00 1,371
August 2,095 1,646 1,327
September 2,151 1,721 1,191
October 2,065 1,470 —
November 2,147 1,565 —
December 1,994 1,629 —

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

Construction Report Card

 Monthly Construction Contract Value 
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, In Millions

July ’07 August ’07 % Change
Nonresidential building $191,623 $222,069 16
Residential building 256,542 241,979 -6
Nonbuilding construction 160,247 160,247 12
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION $591,636 $624,295 6

 Year-To-Date Construction Contract Value 
Unadjusted Totals, In Millions

8 MOS ’06 8 MOS ’07 % Change
Nonresidential building $143,267 $147,550.00 +3
Residential building $249,119 $185,662.00 -25
 Nonbuilding construction $84,606 $ 91,730 +8
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION $476,992 $424,942.00 -11

 

 


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