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Consumer Spending Increases for a Third Month

Consumer purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, rose 0.1 percent after a revised 0.6 percent increase the prior month that was larger than previously estimated, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington.

The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 0.3 percent rise. Incomes increased 0.1 percent, down from 0.3 percent the previous month.

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Source: BusinessWeek

Ameriwood Fined $50,000 by OSHA

Tiffin, Ohio-based Ameriwood Inds. has been fined $50,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Adminisration for unsafe equipment.

OSHA said the company failed to use energy-control procedures on foam cutting machines, putting workers at risk.
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Source: Toledoblade.com

Furniture Brands Board Member Resigns

A Furniture Brands Internatinoal board member has resigned after a 15-month stint on the furniture maker's board. Kent J. Hussey has resigned as a director.

Furniture Brands said in a regulatory filing today that Hussey resigned last Friday. His decision to leave the board was not a result of disagreements with the company or with matters related to company operations, the filing said.

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Source: STLtoday.com

BDI Names VP Marketing, Sales

BDI has named Jim Lahren  vice president of marketing and sales.

La-Z-Boy Honored by Ronald McDonald Charities

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has honored furniture supplier La-Z-Boy as the recipient of the 2013 of the RMHC Outstanding Stewardship Award.

California Moves to Scrap Flame Retardants

California took a step toward updating flammability standards, when a state bureau last week proposed new rules that could reduce the amount of toxic flame retardants in furniture and other consumer goods.

The new standards - proposed by the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation - would overturn a 1975 state rule that required furniture foam to withstand an open flame.

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Source: U-T San Diego

Furniture Mall of Kansas Opens Saturday

The Furniture Mall of Kansas is set to open Saturday with its five retail businesses in one convenient shopping location.

The 193,000-square-foot mall will feature Discover Furniture, RoomMakers, Mattress Headquarters, Marlings Furniture and Abbey Flooring Headquarters. The mall, owned by Jeff Winter and the Winter family, which has been in the home furnishings business since 1933. 

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Source: Kansas First News

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