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Home Furnishings Association
Healthcare benefits can attract new hires

More than ever, healthcare benefits are top of mind for those looking for employment, and with furniture stores finding it more and more challenging to attract job applicants, wouldn’t it be nice to have good healthcare benefits to attract new hires? Recently, more than a dozen states announced they plan

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Home Furnishings Association
Q4 2020 HFA/Piper Sandler Furniture Retailer Survey

Q4 momentum driving positive 2021 Outlook The crazy year that was 2020 ended strongly for home furnishing retailers, according to our new HFA/Piper Sandler survey. After easing off a little in November, strong sales in December fueled Q4, which was up 16% year over year even with a continued lack

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Mark Schumacher
HFA/Piper Sandler 2020 Black Friday Retailer Survey

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Doug Clark
Hall of Fame seeks future industry leaders

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation is looking for rising stars in the industry. Recent classes of Future Leaders have included Home Furnishings Association members Matt Schewel of Schewels Home, Kristen Trapp of RC Willey and Cameron Wanek of Ashley Furniture Industries. Nominations may be made until Jan.

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Doug Clark
Smith Leonard echoes Piper Sandler-HFA survey

August saw the largest increase of the year in new home furnishings orders, according to the latest Smith Leonard monthly survey of manufacturers and distributors. The findings reinforce the recently released results of a third-quarter sampling of furniture retailers by Piper Sandler and the Home Furnishings Association. [Furniture retailers expect

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Doug Clark
Fall market builds hopes for 2021

Christy O’Hara ventured to High Point, N.C., for the October market and was disappointed that some of her suppliers didn’t. So, she won’t be carrying their products, the owner of new Home Furnishings Association member Steel Roots Home Décor said. Her two-year-old Chapel Hill, N.C., business offers home furnishings, lighting,

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Doug Clark
Furniture retailers expect continuing surge in sales, survey finds

Furniture retailers expect sales to accelerate through the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a survey by Piper Sandler in partnership with the Home Furnishings Association. The bullish outlook follows 8 percent average sales growth year-over-year reported by respondents in the third quarter, the survey found. Not all the results

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Doug Clark
HFA’s Resource Center opens for business

The Home Furnishings Association’s Resource Center opened for business today. The fall High Point Market began with overcast skies this morning and some uncertainty about the days ahead. The Oct. 13-21 schedule spreads out traffic, and other Covid-related restrictions will hold down attendance. But the sun emerged before noon –

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Doug Clark
Furniture orders jump, Smith Leonard reports

The numbers continue to astonish. The latest Smith Leonard survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors reported a 39 percent increase in new orders from July 2019 to July 2020. That followed a 30 percent rise in June from a year earlier. “We pretty much expected another good month and,

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Robert Bell
HFA, Fortiva announce Solution Partner agreement

The second-look finance company provides retailers with more opportunities to help shoppers complete a purchase Fortiva Retail Credit knows what the power of saying “YES!” can do – not just for the consumer, but the retailer, too. When shoppers use Fortiva to establish financing in your store, they’re more likely to return for a second

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