SNOWBIRD, Utah - "Soft" was a word used more than once among wholesalers and manufacturers at the Northamerican Heating, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Wholesalers (NHRAW) summer meeting.
No one was exactly singing the blues, but there were definite indications that the red-hot sales economy of the last two years has cooled. Karen Bunting, Armstrong Inds., said May and June were looking good after a flat first quarter. Greg Trimbach, 2-J Supply Co., concurred, saying a soft economy and the weather were contributing to lackluster sales, and a year that would probably be down 5% overall. The weather in Dayton (Ohio), he said, was typically 90? followed by several days of 70? -- leading to unspectacular early season air conditioning service and sales.