As you can see from the chart below, volume of retail sales per rooftop has fluctuated to an unusually wide degree over the past three quarters. 

The Federal budgetary standoff of late last year combined with uncertainty about Section 179 tax benefits and severe weather were most likely responsible for most of last year’s volatility. Currently, with the budget process complete and Section 179 a known quantity, continued severe weather is the most likely explanation for monthly swings in volume. We stick to our prediction that month-over-month volatility will decrease once winter subsides.

Stay tuned later this week for a look at volume in the wholesale channel.