Inflation chronicles: European windows

A friend imports European windows for Americans who are too rich to look at America through American windows. Price increases for components are happening every few weeks. Prices for the finished product are now 30 percent higher than two years ago. “We’re doing much better than our competitors with lead times,” he said. “Where we used to be at 12 weeks, for example, we’re now at 16.”

He surprised me by saying that the Europeans make windows with laminated and tempered impact glass, which is conventional for installation in new Florida construction. Why would they do that when there aren’t any hurricanes in Europe? “They like that nobody can break in,” he responded.