Two of the Hottest Trends to Watch in Household Cooking Appliances

Two of the Hottest Trends to Watch in Household Cooking Appliances

US demand for household cooking appliances is forecast to total $9.6 billion in 2021. As more and more homes are being built or remodeled, appliance manufacturers have introduced a wide range of new models designed to entice consumers to replace working appliances early or spring for a higher-end model.


Two of the Coolest Trends to Watch in Household Refrigerators & Freezers

Two of the Coolest Trends to Watch in Household Refrigerators & Freezers

US demand for household refrigerators and freezers in the US is forecast to total $10.4 billion in 2021. As more homes are built and kitchens are remodeled, suppliers are finding creative ways to become the first choice in the mind of every customer.


Lively Insights into the US Life Insurance Industry

Lively Insights into the US Life Insurance Industry

According to LIMRA, an insurance industry organization, about 70% of US households have some form of life insurance. Here are some key insights into this $560 billion industry (in 2016).


As Market Shrinks, Printing Machinery Suppliers See Opportunity in Digital

As Market Shrinks, Printing Machinery Suppliers See Opportunity in Digital

US printing machinery and equipment demand is forecast to decline less than 1.0% per year through 2021, as ongoing competition from electronic media continues to restrain demand for printed materials such as newspapers and books. Despite the broader retreat, demand for digital printing presses is forecast to expand 1.3% per year as printers update machinery to meet customer demand for increased customization and flexibility.


Colorful Trends in Pigment Prices

Colorful Trends in Pigment Prices

Over the 2006-2016 decade, pigment prices saw considerable volatility, growing significantly in the 2009-2012 period, but declining through 2016. In particular, the prices of carbon black and titanium dioxide pigments experienced the fastest gains and the steepest declines. Key factors that propelled these trends included rising global demand, supply constraints, and increases in the cost of key raw materials.


Fitness Machines Lifting Sports Equipment Sales

Fitness Machines Lifting Sports Equipment Sales

In 2014, demand for gym and exercise machines surpassed golf equipment as the largest segment in the US market for sports equipment, supported by the rising number of health clubs in the US. The segment is expected to account for the largest share of value gains in the overall market through 2021, driven by improvements to the technology and convenience of such equipment.


A Textbook Example of Adaptation

A Textbook Example of Adaptation

US publisher revenues from textbooks are projected to rise 3.8% through 2021, with price growth underpinning gains. As the cost of these books continues to rise, consumers – who are primarily students – have sought ways to acquire them at lower price points, sometimes illegally. The need for publishers to overcome this challenge will continue to drive the development of value-added print books, e-books, and their accompanying software programs.


The Patent Cliff: Analytical Instruments Climb as Pharmaceuticals Face a Long Descent

The Patent Cliff: Analytical Instruments Climb as Pharmaceuticals Face a Long Descent

US demand for analytical instruments is forecast to total $50.2 billion in 2021. Much of this increased demand stems from the need for pharmaceutical companies to produce novel drugs in the face of a laundry list of expiring patents in the coming months and years. Without new pharmaceutical developments, companies’ profits will plummet as their blockbuster medications are exposed to competition from third parties producing generic formulations.


Three Segments to Watch in the US Energy Industry

Three Segments to Watch in the US Energy Industry

US energy production is forecast to total 98.0 quadrillion British thermal units (But) in 2021, representing 3.1% annual gains from 84.0 quadrillion Btu in 2016. Three segments will drive the majority of these gains.


Three Companies to Watch in the RV Industry

Three Companies to Watch in the RV Industry

US demand for RVs is forecast to reach $16.6 billion in 2021. Rising disposable personal income levels will support gains. In addition, sales stand to benefit from population growth among the age cohorts most likely to buy RVs.