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What to Know About The U.S.-China Trade War Truce

Last weekend, the U.S. and China came to a truce in the ongoing trade war, alleviating (for now) one of the biggest economic concerns for both retailers and designers coming in 2019: the 25 percent…
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States Allowed to Collect Sales Tax from E-retailers, U.S. Supreme Court decides

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota in the landmark sales tax case of South Dakota v. Wayfair yesterday, overturning more than 25 years of legal precedent that stopped states from…
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This Isn't Going Well: An Industry Guide to Tariffs and Trade Wars

International trade can best be described as the most convoluted game of Monopoly ever played: Everyone has a few good properties and a few okay properties and they're all just trying to make it…
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What You Need to Know About Tax Reform

Now that healthcare reform stalled, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have turned their attention to tax reform — an area of the law that impacts the lighting and home decor industry…
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