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    Frontline Friday: What do China’s G20 plant closings mean for furniture?

    Furniture/Today’s Erin Berg previews a major story on the impact of the pending G20 Summit on China’s manufacturing sector; one with significant implications for the furniture industry in coming months. Additional reporting by Powell Slaughter and Thomas Russell.  For all your Furniture Industry News visit:

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    Kerry Lebensburger

    April 26, 2016

    It's all about cycles ... economic, election, demographic

    Building approvals are taking longer than ever, eight months for new construction. Cities have reduced the number of employees, slowing down the creation of more jobs… a cycle? Illinois is losing 56 manufacturing jobs per week, while Wisconsin and Ohio are each adding jobs every day. High taxes and revenue generated in Illinois must go to covering underfunded pensions of previous employees…. A cycle? UAW Detroit wages approaching $60 an hour with benefits; Ford jobs going to Mexico… a cycle? Interesting thought about this election: This is not a typical horizontal election of Left vs Right and all of their ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    April 20, 2016

    Follow the specialists' playbook to grow your bedding business

    Want to sell more high-priced sleep sets? Take a page -- or two -- out of the bedding specialists' playbook. A close look at our latest retail bedding survey (see 16 April print issue) makes a compelling case for applying the specialists’ skills to your mattress business. Consider: * The bedding specialists are generating 58% of their mattress sales at prices of $1,000 and up, with almost one-quarter of those sales coming at $2,000 and up. Furniture stores, in contrast, are generating less than half of their sales at $1,000 and up. * The bedding specialists generally have higher best-selling price ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    April 16, 2016

    There is only ‘us’

    Over the last three weeks there has been extensive coverage of the industry's public response to North Carolina's HB2: threats of boycotts, actual boycotts, letters to the editor and myriad statements in opposition. To date, we have not received a single statement in support of the law, although I can tell you from private conversations there are many in the industry who do support the law, or at least its intent. We have been exceptionally careful in our coverage. All statements regarding HB2 have been run unedited, and all headlines have been intentionally simple and direct. Our position ...

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  • David Perry

    Mattress Math

    David Perry

    April 16, 2016

    Age and sleep

    Three views on sleep wasting by age groups This is the percent of Millennials who feel that spending 20 out of 60 years sleeping is a waste of time. Looking at this by gender, the figure is even higher, with 34% of males saying they feel spending 20 of 60 years sleeping is a waste of time. Why it matters: Millennials are significantly more likely to see a major investment in sleep as a waste of time than consumers in other key demographic groups, and Millennials, as we all know, are the darlings of marketers everywhere. They represent the youngest ...

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