Soaring Gas Prices Leads to Greater Investment in Home Entertainment

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Soaring gas prices has lead to many consumers investing in home entertainment as the summer approaches. While the travel industry fears diminished sales, home décor and outdoor furniture companies expect to see large increases.

With gas prices averaging $3.00 per gallon across the Nation and over $4.00 in some parts of the country, consumers are beginning to show a change in spending that has the “Outdoor Living” industry and travel industry abuzz.

“We’re not going to take too many trips this summer with the kids,” states Anita Rubio, 35, Island Heights, NJ. “We’ll barbecue more and have people over and things like that.”

As consumers look for alternative means of entertainment as the summer months approach the travel industry is growing concerned as other industries are growing excited. “We’re getting many more calls about gazebos and screened in gazebos from customers looking to maximize their entertainment at home and outdoors,” Cheryl Scordato, Leisure Woods Inc., explains.

“People know that home improvements, especially, screened gazebo kits, add value to their home. It certainly beats spending $50 every time you need to fill your gas tank,” Scordato says.

Consumers are showing a growing trend towards investing in their home, including their outdoor living areas. Gazebos, lawn furniture, patio furniture and pool accessories sales are heating up as gas prices continue to skyrocket.

“We plan to have many barbecues and late night gatherings in our backyard this year with the entire family as well as friends,” Lisa Custodio, Brooklyn, NY explains. “We bought a gazebo kit last year at the beginning of the summer. After using it a lot last year, we’ll use it even more this year,”

Though an improving economy has lead many to expect increased travel in 2006, consumers are showing more restraint in free spending are looking to maximize value. Investments in home improvements and home décor appear to be where consumers are spending their money rather than at the gas pump.

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Leisure Woods Inc., a family owned business, is a premier manufacturer of cedar gazebo kits. Leisure Woods has a variety of pre-engineered gazebo designs to compliment both the residential and commercial environments.

The high quality kits are quick and easy assembly for the "DIY" homeowner or contractor and can be shipped anywhere.

Cheryl Scordato

815-784-2497

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