Luckily things haven't hit our industry very hard, yet. Rising stainless and raw material costs have kicked our asses for the last 5 years now, but, folks are still building like crazy. Most are, anyways.
Other than 5-15% increases twice a year due to raw material costs, and the whole gas/freight fiasco, we've been fairly unscathed thus far. One thing I've noticed though, is that manufacturer's can't pull back their free freight deals quick enough.
Italian chains don't seem to be doing that well these days, however.
Schools haven't slowed down, and as it appears today, there is no end or slow down in sight.