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Florida fails to update sales-tax collections

Doug ClarkMay 16, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

It never drew a negative vote in the Florida legislature. But it didn’t advance to a final vote, either. A bill that would require out-of-state, online sellers to collect and turn over sales tax won unanimous support in two Senate committees only to die without further action as the legislature

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Doris Matsui

SOFFA bills reintroduced in Congress

Doug ClarkMay 10, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

SOFFA returned this week, with bipartisan bills introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House. Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Ca.) and Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) announced today they will sponsor the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA) “to set a national furniture flammability standard that will reduce the need for harmful flame

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Cargo Containers

Tariffs hurt retailers, HFA member tells NPR

Doug ClarkMay 10, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

Furniture retailers who import products from China will have to pass additional costs to customers, Jim Kittle said in an interview broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition. The U.S. raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including furniture, from 10 percent to 25 percent at midnight. Kittle, chairman of

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Tip-over death prompts recall

Doug ClarkMay 9, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

The Consumer Products Safety Commission today announced the recall of a three-drawer chest (seen above; colors vary) that reportedly killed a 2-year-old child in a tip-over accident. The 56-pound, 27½-inch high chest was recalled by South Shore Industries Ltd. Of Canada. Units were manufactured in Canada and Mexico, with nearly

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Furniture orders fall in February, survey finds

Doug ClarkMay 9, 2019
Current News,Home Furnishing Matters

Above: Ken Smith, left, with furniture analyst Jerry Epperson at High Point Market April 8, 2019. Photo by RetailerNOW team.) New orders for residential furniture fell 5 percent in February from the same month in 2018, according to a survey by High Point, N.C., accounting and consulting firm Smith Leonard.

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