TNCA Reports Tile Market Performance for First Three Quarters of 2020

Anderson, SC, November 18, 2020-U.S. factory sales fell 4.6% in dollars between Q1 and Q3, versus the same period last year, according to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). 

Eric Astrachan, TCNA executive director, made the announcement during a news conference today.

U.S. tile consumption was down 11.6% (in units) in Q1 through Q3 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.

Imports: In Q1 to Q3 2020, 1.38 billion square feet of ceramic tile arrived in the U.S., down 15.8% from the same period in 2019. Imports in Q1 through Q3 2020 comprised 67.9% of U.S. tile consumption (by volume), down from 70.6% in 2019. Spain was the largest exporter to the U.S. in this period with a 20.7% share of U.S. imports (by volume), followed by Mexico (17.6%) and Italy (17.2%)

Shipments: U.S. shipments (less exports) in Q1 to Q3 2020  were 654.5 million square feet, down 1.5% versus the same period in 2019. The dollar value per square foot of U.S. shipments (less exports) in Q1 to Q3 2020 was $1.49, down from $1.54 in the same period of 2019.

Exports: U.S. ceramic tile exports Q1 through 3Q 2020 were 23.5 million square feet, up 4.4% from the same period in 2019. Most of these exports were to Canada (71.2%) and Mexico (10.5%).