18436 Mon, 03/29/2010 - 12:29pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–On a dollar basis, U.S. wholesale sales of mattresses rose 12.5 percent in February, totaling $296.3 million, according to the latest data in the monthly Bedding Barometer issued by the International Sleep Products Association.
Coupled with sales gains in recent month’s, ISPA’s most recent figures indicate that the mattress industry is emerging from the business drop it has experienced since 2008. In addition, unit sales also enjoyed a significant gain in February—16.8 percent to 1.1 million. The average unit selling price for the mattresses sold last month was $262.84, 3.7 percent less than in February 2009.
For the first two months of this year, mattress sales rose 7.3 percent on a dollar basis, to $572.1 million; and 9.8 percent on a unit basis, to 2.1 million. The average unit selling price slipped 2.2 percent to $278.21.
ISPA’s data was derived from a survey of 20 U.S. mattress producers, whose collective sales account for 71 percent of total industry sales on a dollar basis, the association said.