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Total retail sales for chat groups reached an estimated $1.09 billion in 2015, according to the 2015 Casual Living Universe Study. That’s a 6.4% increase over 2014’s sales of $1.02 billion. Read the full report.


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    Outdoor Focus

    Jennifer Bringle

    February 3, 2016

    Phil says "early spring!"

    This week, our furry little friend (or foe, depending on the year) Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. For most, this is welcome news; for those of us in the casual industry, especially so. There's no denying spring and summer are our seasons. When the sun's shining and the weather is balmy, you're hard-pressed to find someone who'd rather stay indoors. And as people shed their winter layers and drink in those first few days of nice weather, they're often inspired to refresh their newly blossoming outdoor spaces with new ...

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    A Casual Word

    Bridget Driscoll

    January 21, 2016

    Smartphones, meet casual furniture

    While cell phones have been around for a couple decades, smartphones didn’t really hit the market until 2000. Since then, they have been revolutionizing the way that people do simple tasks like find information and even get around town. These mini computers with apps have managed to find a niche in the casual furniture world as well. Like most areas of business, where there is a product to be sold, “there’s an app for that.” “Show rooming” It began with the pandemic of “show rooming.” Customers would be browsing a brick and mortar store, only to whip out ...

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    Casual Grilling

    Ronda Whitaker

    January 20, 2016

    Barbecue: Event or Food Style?

    This past weekend, a friend of mine and I went to Cook Out (a Southern fast food chain with burgers, dogs, chicken, BBQ, etc.) for one of their famous milkshakes. While we were there, I said aloud, “This place is aptly named; people, a grill, some food and the backyard…that’s cooking out.” Here in the South, when we have a smattering of friends in the backyard, food and a heat source, we are cooking out. Elsewhere in the country, it seems people call that having a barbecue. Similarly, oftentimes the two phrases "barbecuing" and "grilling" are mistakenly used ...

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