September 2014

In This Issue

Perspective:
It’s Under Your Control

Each year in September we interview key executives in the patio furniture industry for a feature we call Sitting Pretty. Topics and issues are far ranging and designed to provide a quick glance at the state of each company represented.

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Sitting Pretty

By Richard Wright

As a group, the seven manufacturers we interviewed for this year’s Sitting Pretty feature had good-to-great years. Considering that the northeastern part of the country was subjected to a winter that just wouldn’t end, that’s a pretty impressive accomplishment.

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Gas: Heart of the Hearth

By James E. Houck

This is the first of a three-part series on gas-fueled appliances in the residential hearths of North America. Gas-fueled appliances are one of the more important product categories produced by the hearth industry. The articles will look at both positive and negative market drivers, socio-demographics, regionalism, environmental issues, regulations, certification requirements, manufacturers’ perspectives and consumer attitudes.

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Flatlining

By Richard Wright

The patio furnishings specialty channel is now in its fifth year of flat sales.

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2014 July Business Climate

In early August, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,242 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare July 2014 sales to July 2013. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 183 useable returns.

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