July 2014

In This Issue

Trends 2014

By Richard Wright

For the fourth year in a row, we have the benefit of being informed by Maxine Lauer about trends that will affect your business and, indeed, the vast majority of businesses in this country that deal with consumer goods.

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Trends 2015

By Richard Wright

In a few short weeks, patio retailers will head for Chicago and their first look at furniture and fabrics available to them for the 2015 season. The wisdom of Maxine Lauer is their best guide.

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Tough Times in SoCal

By Bill Sendelback

The California Dream has become the California Nightmare for specialty retailers – especially hearth retailers – in the southern part of the state.

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BBQ – 101

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Colleges now offer barbecue classes and – surprise! – those courses are very popular.

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Future Looks Bright

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Consumers say they are ready to purchase a charcoal grill; if they buy from you, there’s a good chance they’ll return nine times a year to purchase fuel.

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2014 May Business Climate

In early May, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,314 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare May 2014 sales to May 2013. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 2,011 useable returns.

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