Volume 33, Number 6, June 1998


Industry Outlook

by Leslie Shaver

This is a regular USGlass feature that evaluates industry figures and trends. Information comes from various sources, including confidential industry interviews and reporting by USGlass.

Past 30 Days

The Northeast showed the largest growth in May, with an increase in business of more than ten percent. The Rocky Mountain, Southeast and Midwest regions all showed increases of about five percent while the Lower Plains has the biggest decline with a ten-percent drop in sales.

Change in Glass Industry Sales
May '98 vs. June '98

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Next 30 Days

The Midwest projects the most growth over the next 60 days with an anticipated increase of 15 percent. The West Coast area also projects strong growth, while the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Rocky Mountain regions expecting moderate growth. The Lower Plains area anticipates a decline of five percent for the next 60 days.

Projected Change in Glass Industry Sales
June '98 vs. July '98

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*Percentage Change


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