New orders from furniture retailers in September were 4 percent higher than the same month last year, according to the latest Furniture Insights survey.
Furniture sales gave overall retail sales a bump last month. The industry's sales jumped 1 percent in October, and that's on top of a 0.7 percent jump in September.
The retail industry added 37,600 jobs in October, according to National Retail Federation analysis of federal job growth numbers.
New orders for furniture from retailers rose 9 percent in August compared with the same month last year, according to the most recent Furniture Insights survey.
U.S. consumer confidence was shaken significantly by the U.S. government shutdown and debt-ceiling negotiations. The index fell to 71.2 from a revised 80.2 last month; the decline was the largest since August 2011.
Retail sales in the U.S. outside of auto dealers climbed in September, indicating households were sustaining the economic expansion before the government shutdown shook confidence.
A study of High Point Furniture Market's economic impact on North Carolina and the Triad region should go a long way to ensure continued state funding for the event.