Absolutely dead and material pricing is insane. We make performance parts for VW/Audi vehicles. 75% retail 25% wholesale. I've raised prices as high as I can to try to makeup for material price increases. Sales are extremely weak. People don't need what we sell, they want it. At this point our customers are out of play money. My two largest wholesale accounts are the two largest retailers in my specific niche and their sales are so bad they are liquidating inventory disguised as holiday sales. International sales are impossible due to currency exchange rates.
I have been doing this for 20 years. I don't have the slightest idea how to get the work you guys do. I would love to be busy.
The lower end Aftermarket automotive stuff has slowed way down. High end stuff has picked up.
A friend is a top guy at a larger company you likely sell to. They are dead slow.