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Retail Voices

Just two years ago, industry headlines were rife with store closings, bankruptcies, mass layoffs and even media reports of zombie retailers. “I would say that retail is back, but that would be wrong…

How to Woo Value Shoppers

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Very few people, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Consumer View quarterly survey. For the fall 2018 edition, the NRF surveyed more than 3,000 U.S.…

Holiday Sales Miss Expectations: What the Latest Numbers Mean for Retailers and Designers

The U.S. Census Bureau released some startling numbers on the recent holiday season shopping numbers, and they didn't provide a lot of optimism for economists and the stock market. The bureau found…

Decking the Halls

It may be the season to be jolly, but not all homeowners delight in untangling tree lights. For those clients, some interior designers have found a new calling in relieving this holiday stress. The…

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…

U.S., China Halt Tariff Increases for 90 Days Amid Truce

The U.S. and China have reached a truce of sorts to the ongoing trade war. At the Group of 20 summit in Argentina this weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to…

NRF Survey Says More Than 164 Million Consumers Plan to Shop Over Five-Day Thanksgiving Weekend

Retailers are preparing for one of their biggest weekends of the year as an estimated 164 million people are already planning to go shopping Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to the…

Next Round of Tariffs to Directly Impact Furniture and Lighting Retailers and Interior Designers

The trade war between the U.S. and China escalated yesterday and continued through this morning. Yesterday, President Trump announced another round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported…

Retail Jobs Up, But Not In Furniture and Home Furnishings Sector

By just about any measure, the U.S. economy is doing very well. Unemployment remains low. Consumers are spending and fueling the economy. Though the threat of tariffs remains poised to wreck much of…

How Hard Will Tariffs Hit the Home Furnishings Industry

Like many other industry groups, the National Retail Federation (NRF) fiercely opposes the Trump administration's proposed tariffs on China and other U.S. trading partners. Now they have the numbers…
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