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Delaware Furniture Retailer Faces AG Civil Fraud Complaint

The state of Delaware has filed a consumer fraud case against The Amish Mill, a furniture store in Wilmington, Del.

The fraud case and a cease-and-desist order—banning some practices and undisclosed fees—also names Michael D. Wharton, who owns the store.

"We're acting to protect consumers by ensuring they get what they pay for and to hold this business to account for its obligation to provide the products it sold and promised to deliver," Beau Biden, Delaware Attorney General, said.

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Source: Delaware Online

Antique & Design Center Unveils Ad Campaign

The Antique & Design Center is highlighting its eclectic mix of vintage and one-of-a-kind modern designs with a road trip through the decades for its fall advertising campaign.

Piedmont Furniture Club Tourney Raises $10K for Hospital

Piedmont Furniture ClubThe Piedmont Furniture Club raised $10,000 for cancer research at Brenner Children's Hospital at its 27th annual golf tournament.

RetailLive from Wright Gets Technology Boost

Wright Global Graphics is expanding the product offerings of RetaiLive with a version that uses Near Field Communications (NFC) technology.

NC Governor Says High Point Industry Wants Illegal Labor

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory  on Wednesday accused unnamed High Point manufacturers of pushing for a loophole in state law so they can hire illegal immigrants instead of American citizens.

The comment came as McCrory discussed a bill that widens an exemption in checks for citizenship that employers are typically required to run on potential employees. 

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Source: News & Record

Conn's 2Q Profit up 65% on Furniture, Mattress Sales

Conn's Inc.'s (CONN) fiscal second-quarter profit rose 65% as furniture and mattress sales led strong revenue growth, helping to mask weakness in the credit segment.

The Texas-focused seller of consumer electronics, home appliances, and other products has been focusing on higher-margin items such as furniture and mattresses to improve its performance in recent quarters. In the latest period, furniture and mattress sales were up 59% amid stronger volume and improved average selling prices.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

July Home Sales Hit 5.4 Million, Highest since '09

Good news for furniture land! For the first time since 2009, previously occupied U.S. homes are selling at a pace associated with a healthy market.

Sales jumped 6.5 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.4 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Over the past 12 months, sales have surged 17.2 percent. The trend shows that housing remains a driving force for the economy even as mortgage rates have risen from record lows.
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Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

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