Kitchen and bath dealers expect better days

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Despite decreases in showroom visits and remodeling figures, kitchen and bath dealers are optimistic about their 2012 prospects, according to a survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

The trade group’s market index, which measures dealer confidence on a scale of -60 to +60, was +32 for the fourth quarter of 2011. It was +9 for the third quarter.

However, the survey of approximately 150 kitchen and bath dealers, included the following results:

• Showroom visits were down 3 percent from the third quarter.

• Sales volume dropped 20 percent for kitchen remodeling and 2 percent for bathroom remodeling.

• Revenue was down 22 percent.

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