Volume 33, Number 7, July 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 glass industry remained steady last month with only the Northeast and Midwest showing measurable growth. The West Coast, Rocky Mountain and Southeast regions experienced two-to three-percent growth, while the Lower Plains and Mid-Atlantic did about the same business they did the month before.

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

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Next 30 Days

As the dog days of summer approach the industry expects to keep a solid pace. The Mid-Atlantic, Lower Plains and Midwest all anticipate growing at a ten-percent clip. The Southeast, Rocky Mountain regions expect growth in the four- to five-percent range, while the Northeast and West Coast lag behind, expecting two- to three-percent growth.



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

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