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  • Thomas Russell

    Sourcing Strategies by Tom Russell

    Thomas Russell

    September 1, 2015

    The gray lining to the silver cloud of weak Asian currencies

    Recent news that Asian currencies have weakened against the dollar could certainly be good news for U.S. furniture importers. Not only does this potentially lower the cost of finished goods they purchase from the factories. It also potentially lowers the cost for consumers. This change in value was led by the devaluation of the Chinese currency in early August. Other currencies in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, which are loosely pegged to the dollar, followed suit in the next week or two. At this stage, the differences have been meager, with changes in value in the low to middle single ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    August 31, 2015

    China’s economic woes overshadow encouraging U.S. news

    News of China’s stock market woes last week and concerns about their spread to the U.S. overshadowed some encouraging news for the furniture industry in the form of improving consumer confidence and housing start data. In its monthly report for August, the Conference Board reported that Consumer Confidence rebounded after a decline in July, with the index rising to 101.5 in August from the previous month’s 91.0. The Present Situation Index also increased, rising to 115.1 from 104 in July, and consumers’ outlook for the labor market was also upbeat. Those anticipating more jobs ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    August 25, 2015

    Vintage Posturepedic sleep set reveals some modern touches

    Sealy officials recently received a very special Sealy Posturepedic: A 1957 model that was in remarkable condition. No, the warranty was not still in effect (sorry, I couldn’t resist), but there is an interesting warranty aspect to this story that we will get to in a moment. A consumer in Texas had called Sealy and said she had an older bed the company might be interested in. Sealy officials were delighted to take possession of a full-sized 1957 Sealy Posturepedic. The bed was in such great shape that the company took it to the recent Las Vegas Market, where ...

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Intertextile Shanghai

Intertextile

Trends are in the spotlight as H&TT editorial director Warren Shoulberg files his third and final report from the Intertextile Shanghai Home show. See the video.

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  • Maison & Objet

    September 4, 2015 - September 8, 2015

    Paris, FR

  • Maison&Objet

    September 4, 2015 - September 8, 2015

    Paris Nord Villepinte

    Paris, FR

  • ABC Kids Expo

    September 7, 2015 - September 10, 2015

    Las Vegas Convention Center

    Las Vegas, NV, US

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