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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.

Simmons Names New Creative Agency

Bedding supplier Simmons Bedding Co. has named a new creative, advertising and marketing agency. Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners (kbs+) is Simmons' lead creative agency.

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

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