Furniture and bedding sales were up 4.11 percent in the third quarter to $25.42 billion, according to the proprietary industry sales model developed by Impact Consulting, parent company of Home Furnishings Business.
Havertys (NYSE: HVT) said third-quarter profits tumbled more than 23% to $5.98 million or 28 cents per share due largely to disruptions from Hurricane Irma.
Consumer spending on furniture totaled $109.7 billion in the first quarter of 2017, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rent-to-own major Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) said third-quarter revenues rose 9% to $838.9 million, but earnings fell 14% due to store closings and other disruptions in states hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) said third-quarter sales rose 6.4%, but the increase was more than offset by rising steel costs, which sent profits down 11.7% to $82.6 million or 60 cents per share.
Furniture retailers are a fairly optimistic group, with 58% of them expecting an increase in furniture sales in 2018, according to a recent poll taken by financial services firm TD Bank.
Store closings and production disruptions due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hurt the top and bottom lines at Ethan Allen (NYSE: ETH) in the quarter ended Sept. 30, as the vertically integrated company’s profits tumbled more than 35% to $7.42 million or 27 cents per share.