Window sales in Germany still steady at high level despite softer demand
German window manufacturers have seen an increasing quietening down of demand recently. Although reports continue to be of a steady inflow of orders at a high level, delivery dates, which are currently mostly four to six weeks and more, are already being quoted as close to the end of the year, which in turn is resulting in a slight decline in enquiries for new orders. Various window producers estimate that the general mood in the branch appears to have been dampened slightly overall in recent weeks after the first two quarters had been rated as very positive. Most German window manufacturers have seen steady demand at a high level throughout the summer months. Compared to the situation in 2010, there has mostly been growth in the high single-figure to low double-figure percentage range. A renewed revival after the holiday period, as has been customary in previous years in the run-up to autumn business, has largely not materialised this year.