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Doug Clark
SOFFA bills reintroduced in Congress

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 retardants in furniture,” a news release from Matsui’s office said. A companion bill was placed in the Senate by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. The legislation would make California’s Technical Bulletin 117-2013 a national standard, replacing an open flame test with a smolder test for furniture

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Doug Clark
Tariffs hurt retailers, HFA member tells NPR

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 Home Furnishings Association member Kittle’s Furniture in Indianapolis, Ind., said he and his vendors absorbed most of the 10 percent import tax imposed last year, but 25 percent is too much. “Right now, retailers are at best marginally profitable, and furniture is no different,” he told NPR. About 30 percent

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Doug Clark
Tip-over death prompts recall

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 320,000 sold in the U.S. and Canada online by Walmart.com, Amazon.com, Target.com and other online retailers from October 2009 through July 2018 for about $60, according to the CPSC. No details were given about the fatality. CPSC also said South Shore received a report of another child sustaining bruises and

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Doug Clark
Furniture orders fall in February, survey finds

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. “This decline reduced year-to-date new orders to an increase of 1 percent over the first two months of last year,” the Smith Leonard report released April 30 said. “Last year’s first two month orders were up 4 percent over the previous year. Approximately 56 percent of the participants reported a

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Robert Bell
Best of show: Knight hits the trifecta

  Photo Below: Longtime Knight Furniture employee Linda Walker shows off the store’s three Best of Texoma awards. A few days before the Best of Texoma Awards, which honor the best and brightest retailers in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma, Home Furnishings Association member Joey Gunn approached longtime Knight Furniture employee Linda Walker with a request: Should Knight be fortunate enough to win an award at the ceremony, would Walker be willing to accept it? “I was really grateful at the offer, but not surprised,” recalled Walker, who started in the store’s front office and worked her way up to

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Doug Clark
Tax change will hurt business, retailer says

By Doug Clark Brian Gaines has survived a business failure and a medical crisis that put him in a coma for several days. He learned that “fear has four letters, faith has five. Faith is greater than fear.” But now the owner of Home Furnishings Association member Wall 2 Wall Furniture & Mattress in Walla Walla, Wash., says one-fourth of his revenue is in jeopardy because of a sudden tax change implemented by the state legislature. “We didn’t see it coming until the day it happened,” he said this week. The measure ends a sales-tax exemption granted to residents of

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