Doug Clark
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The subject of furniture tip-overs “is receiving the agency’s highest attention at this time,” Consumer Products Safety Commission member Peter Feldman told industry leaders in Washington, D.C., last week. Feldman, nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate last year, is the newest commissioner on the five-member CPSC.

Doug Clark
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Photo above: U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) speaks with Eric Blackledge of HFA member Blackledge Furniture on Capitol Hill May 14. An important tax correction continues to pick up bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but it’s not out of the political swamp yet. Home Furnishings Association members heard reasons to

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Senator shares furniture store lessons

Senator Joe Manchin grew up in the retail trade, he told Home Furnishings Association members in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. His grandfather owned a grocery store and his father owned a furniture and carpet store in Farmington, W.Va. The future governor and senator worked at both by the time he was

Doug Clark
Florida fails to update sales-tax collections

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

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

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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

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

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.

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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

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

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