According to the International Sleep Products Association’s April Bedding Barometer (paywall), a monthly sales report on the U.S. mattress industry, unit sales of mattresses and foundations decreased 1.2% in April, as compared with the same month in 2013. The wholesale dollar value of those units grew 3%, as compared with April 2013. The average unit selling price for mattresses and foundations increased 4.3% in April.
Year-to-date unit sales were flat when compared with the first four months of 2013. Both the wholesale dollar value and the average unit selling price of mattresses and foundations increased 3.6%, as compared with the prior-year period.
The Bedding Barometer reports U.S. sales activity (including Puerto Rico) for 14 U.S. mattress producers. The participating companies accounted for 70.1% of the mattress units shipped and 78.2% of the wholesale market revenue for mattresses sold in 2013. 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, nonreporting manufacturers entering or exiting the market and other variables.
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