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  • Fabric Survey 2016

    Casual Living Fabric Survey 2016

    Color tops the list of the most important factors casual retailers discuss with consumers, according to Casual Living’s exclusive 2016 Fabric Survey. More

  • Cymax launches Constant Retail

    Constant Retail

    Platform to remove barriers for furniture industry. More

  • Outdoor takes larger role at Las Vegas Market

    Hammock Source is introducing new colors for its folding Adirondack chair, including a turquoise hue.

    LAS VEGAS — Consumer lifestyles have become more casual, and so have the furnishings they are choosing for their homes, both inside and outdoors. More

  • Grill Metro Market Projections for 2015

    Metro Market Grill Sales

    Grill sales in the West are expected to grow the fastest over the next five years, from $454.3 million in 2014 to $526.9 million in 2019, according to the latest data from Casual Living and Easy Analytic Software Inc. More

  • Leader’s Casual Furniture donates Friendship Bench

    Leader’s Casual Furniture recently donated a Friendship Bench to Bauder Elementary School. The company has partnered with Tiny Girl Big Dream’s (TGBD) Acacia Woodley to put an end to bullying and promote compassion and caring. More

  • A new look at digital opportunities

    The outdoor furnishings and grill industries have been experiencing radical changes in recent years. Foot traffic is down in stores while online research continues to rise and smartphones are becoming more important to the consumer’s shopping habits. Manufacturers are mostly steering clear of e-commerce (selling directly online) to better protect their brick-and-mortar dealers, but are investing in improvements to their websites in order to provide information to customers. They encourage dealers to have an online presence and often direct consumers to local dealers. Some manufacturers are more active than others in social media efforts to enhance their brand to ... More

  • Imagine Backyard Living celebrates grand opening

    Imagine Backyard Living

    Imagine Backyard Living, a design showroom for exceptional backyard living spaces featuring Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Sundance Spas, held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 9 in honor of its new Scottsdale location at 15551 North Greenway-Hayden Loop. More

  • Retailer Offenbacher Aquatics acquired by Antson Capital Partners

    Offenbacher Aquatics Inc., was acquired by Baltimore-based Antson Capital Partners LLC for an undisclosed sum. More

  • Brown Jordan International buys Tropitone Furniture

    Brown Jordan International today announced that it has acquired the outstanding equity interests of fellow casual and outdoor furniture producer Tropitone Furniture, creating a company with net sales of nearly $400 million. More

  • Blue Rhino teams with Hershey’s for grilling accessories line

    Just after the celebration of National S’mores Day (Aug. 10), propane distributor Blue Rhino and its Mr. Bar-B-Q announced a partnership with The Hershey Company for a new line of Hershey’s S’mores grilling accessories. More

  • Viking Casual Furniture founder Marvin Weiss dies

    Marvin Weiss, 85, founder of Viking Casual Furniture in Cherry Hill, N.J., died of a heart attack on Monday, June 30, at Vintua Hospital in Marlton, N.J. More

  • Do outdoor kitchens affect how customers buy grills?

    Dear Grill Guy, I’m seeing more customers walk in my door with questions about designing/decorating their outdoor living space. Sometimes this includes questions about grills, but not always. How can I use these conversations as an opportunity to steer people toward a grill? To be effective in selling grills to consumers, you first have to take a step back and understand their passion. Not everyone’s passion will be grills and that’s OK. There are inroads you can traverse to arrive at your sale destination. Let’s say you’re talking to “pool guy.” We all know ... More

Exclusive Research

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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.

Videos

  • Bill Bacon at Leadership Conference

    Bill Bacon Talks Outdoor Living

    Bill Bacon, of Bacon's Furniture & Outdoor Living in Port Charlotte, Fla., shares some hard-won insights at Furniture/Today's Leadership Conference about adding the outdoor category to his full-line store.

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Events

  • HPB Expo

    March 17, 2016 - March 19, 2016

    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

    New Orleans, Louisiana, US

  • High Point Market

    April 16, 2016 - April 21, 2016

    Downtown High Point

    High Point, North Carolina, US

  • National Hardware Show

    May 3, 2016 - May 5, 2016

    Las Vegas Convention Center

    Las Vegas, Nevada, US

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