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    Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Lindsay Baillie The resilient category continues to follow its blazing path from 2016 with aggressive growth just six months into 2017. Industry observers attribute this activity once again to the industry’s “darlings”—LVT, WPC and rigid core. Based on FCNews research, LVT and its subcategories accounted for 42.3% of residential volume and 67.6% of residential dollars in 2016. Observers expect numbers in 2017

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    Commercial sector stalls, then rebounds, in 2016

Commercial sector stalls, then rebounds, in 2016

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. non-residential construction industry finished strong in 2016, with key end-use segments posting some of the highest numbers since the market began to rebound in the spring of 2015. That’s according to newly released U.S. Department of Commerce figures that show non-residential construction spending reached a seasonally adjusted annual value of $430.1 billion in December, nearly the same as

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    Housing: No records shattered, but progress nonetheless

Housing: No records shattered, but progress nonetheless

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. housing market continued movement in a positive direction in 2016. Figures supplied by the U.S. Census Bureau show total housing starts reached 1.1738 million units last year—an uptick of 5.5% over 2015’s 1.1118 million units and nearly 17% over 2014. More importantly, it’s the highest number the industry has seen since 2007, when 1.355 million starts were registered.

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    Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

Ceramic: Suppliers ramp up domestic production, capacity

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan Ceramic tile remains a heavily imported flooring product, with imports making up 68.6% of U.S. tile consumption (in terms of square feet) in 2016, down a tick from 68.7% in 2015, according to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). A decade earlier in 2006, however, imports represented 80% of U.S. consumption. Industry observers say the trend toward lowering imports as

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    Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

Ceramic: Tile turns in another winning performance

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The U.S. ceramic tile market, bolstered by steady growth in the all-important housing and construction markets, recorded its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2016. FCNews research shows sales rose 5.7% to $2.761 billion while volume increased an estimated 5.5% to 2.31 billion units. The 2016 numbers were off slightly from 2015, when sales rose 9.8% and volume increased 9.9%.

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    Laminate: Sourcing shift changes import/domestic dynamic

Laminate: Sourcing shift changes import/domestic dynamic

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   A gradual build-up of stateside production and capacity of laminate flooring in 2016—combined with an increase in European-made product—was partially neutralized by the continued drop-off in imports from China that began in earnest in early 2015. The end result was a category that grew marginally in terms of value but slightly more with respect to volume. FCNews research showed U.S.

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    Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. hardwood flooring category continued to hold its own against the intensifying pressure of competing categories—namely LVT/P, WPC and even laminate—all of which continue to make strides in replicating the look, texture and heft of genuine wood. FCNews research shows sales in 2016 reached $2.23 billion, a 5.1% increase over 2015’s upwardly revised sales of $2.12 billion. Volume growth

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    Resilient: LVT, WPC continue to seize market share

Resilient: LVT, WPC continue to seize market share

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Lindsay Baillie   The resilient category continues to assert itself as a force to be reckoned with as it continues to generate substantial growth. FCNews research shows resilient sales in 2016 climbed to $3.499 billion (not including rubber), an increase of 19.7% over 2015’s $2.924 billion. This rise is almost four times the growth of the entire industry, which gained 5.1% last year.

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    Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The carpet industry, facing the onslaught of exponential growth in hard surfaces in both the residential and commercial sectors, saw scant growth in units in 2016 while overall dollars fell. FCNews’ research shows carpet sales slid down 1% in 2016 to $8.78 billion compared with $8.87 billion in 2015. However, total volume—which includes carpet and area rugs—gained 1.2% to 11.22

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My Take: The flooring industry, by numbers

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Steven Feldman   So when the dust settled, FCNews’ exclusive research revealed the flooring industry in 2016 was up 5.1% in dollars and nearly 4% in volume. This is the seventh consecutive year in which dollars outpaced volume, meaning the average selling price of most products continues to rise. Attribute that to some price hikes and consumers buying higher-priced goods. Every category showed

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    Armstrong Flooring names 2016 Elite Retailers of the Year

Armstrong Flooring names 2016 Elite Retailers of the Year

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has named three companies 2016 Elite Retailers of the Year. Baker Brothers was awarded Gold; Riemer Floors received Silver; and WorldWide Wholesale earned Bronze. United Flooring Group and Floor Covering Associates received honorable mentions. The award is based on a variety of factors, including sales, lead conversion rates, overall program support, showroom quality and website excellence. “With several hundred Elite showrooms nationwide, we wanted to recognize and

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    CARE names 2016 award winners

CARE names 2016 award winners

Indianapolis—Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the non-profit organization charged with advancing market-based solutions for carpet recycling and landfill diversion, has named Dick Kruse and Interface the organization’s Person of the Year and Recycler of the Year for 2016, respectively. The two honors were awarded during the organization’s 15th annual conference, held here on May 10-11. Kruse is a member of CARE’s board of directors and founded Kruse Carpet Recycling in Indianapolis.

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    Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie When asked to identify the best flooring introductions of 2016, retailers cited a bevy of wood, laminate, carpet and LVT/WPC products. One highly regarded product was Mannington’s Adura Max, which received praise from multiple retailers for its new visuals. Other notable 2016 introductions touched on key product innovations spanning wood, laminate and resilient lines, soft carpets/rugs and industry-wide updates

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    Jaeckle Distributors wins Mannington’s 2016 President’s Award

Jaeckle Distributors wins Mannington’s 2016 President’s Award

Madison, Wis.– Jaeckle Distributors, a Madison based third-generation, family-owned company was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 President’s Award for its residential sales performance in 2016 from Mannington Mills at the recent Surfaces trade show serving the floor covering industry. This is the second year in a row that Jaeckle Distributors has won this award. “Mannington is our largest supplier and we are honored to be a top performer amongst our

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    EFI reports record Q4, full year 2016 results

EFI reports record Q4, full year 2016 results

Fremont, Calif.—Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced preliminary results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company reported record fourth quarter revenue of $266.7 million, up 4% compared to fourth quarter 2015 revenue of $256.5 million. GAAP net income was $20.5 million, up 99% compared to $10.3 million for the same period in 2015 or $0.43 per

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Dal-Tile provides jobs for work-study program

Dallas—Dal-Tile Corporation recently held a luncheon to celebrate several of Dallas Cristo Rey High School students who work at the company’s headquarters as part of an innovative corporate work-study program.

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Mohawk Industries releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries has released its 2017 Sustainability Report online, which outlines how business decisions rooted in corporate social responsibility have resulted in great dividends for the company, its customers,

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William M. Bird expands commercial product offering

Charleston, S.C.—William M. Bird has expanded its commercial product offering to include American Tile, InstaFloor and Centaur Floor Systems. The new products will be available throughout William M. Bird’s entire

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