ISPA’s August 2012 Bedding Barometer reports that units and sales for the reporting companies grew by 7.7% and 8.1%, respectively, compared to August 2011. August AUP was nearly flat, rising by 0.4% compared to last year. In terms of year-to-date activity, January through August units and dollars increased 9.1% and 14.8% respectively, with year-to-date AUP up by 5.3%.
The Bedding Barometer reports U.S. sales activity (including Puerto Rico) for 18 U.S. mattress producers. The participating companies accounted for 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.