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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…
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In the kitchen, participants in the Ashton Woods 2018 National Homebuyer Survey said they preferred natural wood kitchen cabinets (30 percent) over white cabinets (17 percent). (Photo: Ashton Woods)

Pulse on Housing

As much as we’d like to be the drivers of our own destiny, external factors affect the health of our industry, housing included. Right now, a construction labor shortage, higher home prices and…
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The E-Commerce Numbers And What They Mean for Furniture/Lighting Retailers

Sell online? Great, online retail is up, especially in the home improvement industry. Don't sell online?  You still need to know the latest e-commerce numbers and what they mean for your business.…
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Online retail may be changing if the Supreme Court has something to say about it. (Photo: Pexels)

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Sales Tax

Independent showrooms face a ton of competition online, and though many showrooms can compete well online with their own e-commerce stores, there's one major benefit that online-only retailer enjoy…
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DC Adams Morgan retail streetscape. (Photo: Brett VA via Flickr)

How to Take Advantage of 2018's Expected Retail Growth

Monday started off with good retail news from the U.S. Census Bureau. Preliminary estimates from the Bureau show that retail sales went up to $3.53 trillion in 2017, up 3.9 percent from 2016.…
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