Total unit sales of mattresses, stationary foundations and motion foundations (U.S. produced and imported), fell 3.4% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same period in 2018, according to Bedding Market Quarterly, a sales trends report published by the International Sleep Products Association. The wholesale value of those units dipped 0.3% to $2.47 billion.
Total U.S. market unit sales rose 2.2%, while the wholesale dollar value increased 3.1%.
Unit sales of U.S.-produced mattresses dropped 11.3% in the first quarter, compared with the same three months in 2018. The wholesale dollar value of those units fell 1.6%.
Mattresses imported into the United States from December through February grew 54.2% (to $258.47 million) over the same period in 2017-2018. The whole dollar value jumped 50%.
For the first quarter in 2019, total sales of stationary foundations assembled in the United States and imported decreased 8.7%, and the wholesale values of those shipments slipped 1.8%, compared with the same 2018 period.
Unit sales of U.S.-assembled stationary foundations for the quarter declined 24.6%, and their wholesale dollar values fell 17.3%, compared with the same period in 2018.
Unit sales of imported stationary foundations increased 59.1%, while their dollar value leaped 70.7%.
Total sales of motion foundations produced in the United States and imported dropped 22.1%, and their value tumbled 21.3%.