U.S. mattress sales were nearly flat in January 2013 compared to this time last year, according to the latest Bedding Barometer, a monthly sales report published by the International Sleep Products Association.
Unit sales increased by 0.1% in January 2013 over the same month in 2012, while the wholesale dollar value of those units grew 0.5%, resulting in a 0.4% increase in the average unit selling price when compared with January 2012.
The Bedding Barometer reports U.S. sales activity (including Puerto Rico) for 16 U.S. mattress producers. The participating companies accounted for just over 66% of the mattress units shipped and 75.5% of the wholesale market revenue for mattresses sold in 2011. The experience of these participants as a group does not necessarily reflect those of the entire mattress manufacturing industry.
Furthermore, comparisons of Bedding Barometer results for different time periods can be affected by a number of factors, including differences in the number of workdays and holiday promotions in a given month, weather conditions, non-reporting manufacturers entering or exiting the market and other variables.