Sponsored by Oregon Business

Lumber prices soften as housing starts slow

| Print |  Email
Archives - July 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006

The number of new housing starts in Oregon and the United States grew by 13.6% and 4.1%, respectively, during 2005, the fifth consecutive year of growth for both areas. However, with many economists expecting the real estate boom to subside, the number of starts fell 8.2% in Oregon and 0.6% nationwide in the first four months of 2006 versus the same period in 2005. Likewise, after a banner 2005, western softwood lumber output has dropped 5.6% for the first four months of 2006. With production slackening, Random Lengths’ framing lumber composite price has still declined — by nearly a third from its peak in August 2004 — though it has not reached the lows seen from 2001 to 2003.

{safe_alt_text} {safe_alt_text}{safe_alt_text}

 

More Articles

The week journalism died

Linda Baker
Sunday, February 15, 2015
deadjournalismthumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

As the investigation against the governor moves forward, those of us in the news business should reflect on our own potential for subverting the democratic process.


Read more...

Banking Perspective

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Craig Wanichek, president and CEO of Summit Bank.


Read more...

4 highlights of the MLS labor deal

The Latest
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
timbersthumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

On Wednesday night, a couple days ahead of the 2015 season kickoff, Major League Soccer and the Players Union reached an agreement.


Read more...

Car Talk

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

Everyone knows cell phones and driving are a lethal combination. The risk is especially high for teenage drivers, whose delusions of immortality pose such a threat to us all. Enforcement alas, remains feeble; more promising are pedagogical approaches aimed at getting people to focus on the road, not their devices.


Read more...

Beam Me Up

April 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY DAN COOK | Photos by Jason E. Kaplan

An alliance of developers, academics and timber industry executives wants to position Oregon as a front runner in the glamorous new world of wooden skyscrapers.


Read more...

6 chiefs of staff dish on their bosses

The Latest
Thursday, February 05, 2015
legilistiblog-thumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

We ask chiefs of staff for the scoop on Oregon legislators.


Read more...

Uncertainty about convention center hotel could cost Portland an NBA All-Star Game

The Latest
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
463545460BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

NBA commissioner: "I would love to end up having an All-Star Game in Portland. It's really just a function of ensuring that we can fit in town."


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS