85,000 From National Association of Home Builders, this year’s Design & Construction Week (KBIS and IBS) in Orlando drew a combined crowd of more than 85,000 with about 60,000 registered for IBS specifically. That compares to NAHB-released numbers from 2017 in Orlando of more than 80,000 visitors with more than 68,000 registered for IBS specifically. 6.8 From Metals Service Center Institute, U.S. service center steel shipments in November increased 6.8% from November 2016. Steel product inventories increased 7.9% from November a year ago. 21 From the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, U.S. hiring intentions are the highest in 10 years with 21% of those polled saying they plan to increase staff levels, 5% plan to decrease, 71% plan to maintain staff levels and 3% say they don’t know, resulting in a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 19% for Q1 2018. Wholesale and retail trade has one of the strongest outlooks at 23%. 47 From Elkay’s Robb Best and his talk at ASA’s Showroom Council meeting in Orlando at Design & Construction Week, an estimated 47% of a person’s day is habit-based. 93 And one more gem from Best: 93% of people in the country are right-handed. Best’s research shows if you take two of the same type of product, people are more likely to buy the one on the right. 3.4 U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for November 2017 decreased 3.4% to 337.947 units, down from 349,676 units shipped in November 2016. Residential electric storage water-heater shipments increased 5.2% in November to 329,800. 9.1 HARDI’s monthly TRENDS report shows average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 9.1% in November 2017. The average annualized growth for the 12 months through November was 6.4%.
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