2014 Top 50 Glaziers: The Trends

A look at how the Top 50 Glaziers performed from 2005 to 2013
01 This chart depicts the percentage of Top 50 Glaziers experiencing year-over-year sales increases and decreases from 2005 to 2013. (Only companies that provided exact sales figures are included). The percentage of companies reporting gains slipped slightly from 2012, from 76 percent to 74 percent, though the market is experiencing an overall growth trend. Glaziers performed much better in 2013 than during the 2009-2011 downturn, and reported back-to-back sales increases in 2012 and 2013 that indicate a continued strengthening of the market. The percentage of companies reporting an increase in 2013, however, remains below the peak years of 2006 and 2007 when 82 percent and 91 percent of companies, respectively, reported y-o-y gains.
02-03 The degree of year-over-year sales increases and decreases among Top 50 Glazing companies provides a telling picture of historical market performance. The graphs above indicate the extent of y-o-y gains and losses during the last eight years for Top 50 companies reporting exact sales figures. Glazier performance in 2013 resembles 2005, with more measured sales increases and decreases. The boom years of 2006-2008 witnessed an explosion of growth for companies, which was followed by the deep compression of the market from 2009-2011, with companies reporting steep losses.

In 2013, the majority of glaziers reporting gains saw more moderate increases in y-o-y sales—from 0 to 25 percent. Twenty-three percent of glaziers reported sales increases from 25 to 50 percent in 2013, down from 27 percent in 2012; and 9 percent reported gains of more than 50 percent in 2013, down from 18 percent in 2012.

The sales decreases were also more moderate for glaziers in 2013. For the second year in a row, no glaziers reported losses of more than 50 percent. Additionally, only 2 percent reported losses of 25 percent to 50 percent, compared to 9 percent in 2012.