Volume 44, Issue 7 - July 2009

Industry Outlook

The Cost of a Shower Enclosure
After investigating one glass retailer’s customer service (see page 36), we at USGlass became curious about other glass retailers and how they compare when it comes to prices for shower enclosures. That’s why this month USGlass asked glass retailers in Philadelphia, Dallas and Seattle their estimates to provide and install a framed bathtub enclosure measuring 56 inches wide by 59 inches tall, with a gold anodized aluminum frame and obscure glass. Each city had a range of highs and lows. 

PHILADELPHIA  

Shop            Price 
Shop #1   $700.00  
Shop #2  $600.00  
Shop #3  $700.00   
Shop #4 $995.00 
Shop #5 $500.00  
Mean $699.00  
Median    $700.00    

DALLAS

Shop            Price 
Shop #1   $435.00
Shop #2  $845.00
Shop #3  $440.00
Shop #4 $600.00
Shop #5 $557.00
Mean $575.40
Median    $557.00

   SEATTLE

Shop            Price 
Shop #1   $617.00
Shop #2   $615.00
Shop #3   $777.00
Shop #4  $510.00
Shop #5 $745.00
Mean $652.80
Median    $617.00

The mean is the average of a series, and the median represents the middle number 
in a series arranged in order of size. 


Construction Report Card

Monthly Construction STARTS
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, In Millions
  April ’09 May ’09 % Change
Nonresidential building $166,312 $160,406 -4
Residential building $103,058 $102,801 0
Nonbuilding construction $116,065 $149,069 +28
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION $385,4335 $412,276 +7

YEAR-To-DATE CONSTRUCTION Starts
Unadjusted Totals, In Millions
  5 MOS ’08 5 MOS ’09 % Change
Nonresidential building $109,670 $62,374 -43
Residential building $76,589 $39,378 -49
Nonbuilding construction $61,357 $52,465 -14
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION $247,616 $154,217 -38

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


RESIDENTIAL Report Card

PRIVATELY OWNED HOUSING UNITS STARTS
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, In Millions
MONTH ‘07 TOTAL ‘08 TOTAL ‘09 TOTAL
January 1,382 1,064 488
February 1,486 1,107 574
March 1,492 988 521
April 1,487 1,004 454
May 1,436 982 532


May 2009 Producer Price Index 

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its May 2009 producer price index (ppi). 
The May ppi for flat glass stands at 115.6, a drop from the April 2009 ppi of 116. 

Producer Price Index 

Month Flat Glass Iron and Steel
May 2008 114.2 272.8
June 2008 114.0 284.1
July 2008 117.3 293.1
August 2008 117.7 294.4
September 2008 116.7 274.0
October 2008 118.3 242.2
November 2008 119.9 209.4
December 2008 119.2 193.6
January 2008 117.2 191.2
February 2008 117.4 183.0
March 2008 116.5 180.0
April 2008 116.0 167.5
May 2008 115.6 168.6

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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