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U.S. sales of window shades and blinds and drapery hardware turned positive in 2011 and 2012 and sales could increase once again in 2013 as they take share from curtains and draperies. Sales are rising as consumers increase spending on window coverings as housing sales began to recover and household finances improved. Nonresidential building construction is also strengthening. These and other industry trends are uncovered in this up-to-date FirstLook on window shades and blinds and drapery hardware. This FirstLook also provides data on U.S. exports and imports, factors driving demand, plant operating ratios and profitability, and the competitive environment. Data is compiled and analyzed from 1997 to 2012 and the Executive Summary provides an estimate for 2013 and a forecast for 2018.

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FirstLook on Window Shades and Blinds and Drapery Hardware
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
• U.S. market sales and factors driving demand
• Market product mix
• U.S. shipments and import sales
• Industry cost structure and profitability
• Competitive environment
• Outlook 2013 and 2018

U.S. WINDOW SHADES AND BLINDS AND DRAPERY HARWARE SALES
• U.S. sales and growth analysis
• Real sales trends• Price index trends

U.S. MANUFACTURER SHIPMENTS
• Window shades, parts, and accessories
• Venetian blinds, parts, and accessories
• Other shades and blinds and drapery hardware

U.S. IMPORTS
• Import shipments and growth analysis
• Imports' share of U.S. sales
• Imports for the top five countries of origin

U.S. EXPORTS
• Export shipments and growth analysis
• Exports' share of U.S. shipments
• Exports for the top five countries of destination

FACTORS DRIVING DEMAND
• Consumer window coverings spending
• Housing starts
• Window unit sales
• Nonresidential building construction spending

U.S. WINDOW SHADES AND BLINDS AND DRAPERY HARDWARE PLANT COST STRUCTURE AND PROFITABILITY
• Labor costs percent shipments
• Material costs percent shipments
• Gross profit margin
• Total employees and shipments per employee
• Average production worker wages

COMPETITVE ENVIRONMENT
• Number of U.S. manufacturers and plants
• Plant shipments and average shipments per plant
• Share of U.S. shipments for the top manufacturers
• Sales trends for the leading competitor

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