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Retail Profiles and Metro Reports, retail and business news, plus awards in the casual furniture retail industry.
  • Vondom opens new flagship store in Altea


    VALENCIA, Spain - Vondom, a manufacturer of contemporary and avant-garde furnishings based here, has opened a new flagship store in Altea, Spain, located in the Costa Blanca region. More

  • Turn Up the Heat

    Changes in distribution channels continue to be a hot topic for discussion within the casual furnishings industry. Some outdoor furniture manufacturers are focused on full-line furniture retailers, who are shopping the High Point Market this month. Those vendors hope to attract buyers' attention to furnishings for outdoor living spaces.A growing number of manufacturers have hopped on the bandwagon by offering a selection of fire pit styles. Most of those fire pits add ambience and warmth to outdoor rooms, but some fire pit tables can just as easily be used indoors. Technology and innovation are helping to erase the boundaries ... More

  • Inside-Out Home Furnishings relocates

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - After 30 successful years, Inside-Out Home Furnishings is moving. In order to expand its brand and increase exposure, the store is carrying its tradition of style and quality to the space previously occupied by Blue River Canyon Day Spa, across from Cinco de Mayo restaurant. More

  • See Casual Living's Affluent and Middle Class Report for 2013

    Affluent & middle class report

    While affluent households, those earning $100,000 or more, accounted for 28% of all dining set buyers in 2012, they comprised 42% of the total dollars spent, spending nearly $900 million in 2012. More

  • See Casual Living's Leading E-tailers Report

    CL etailers report

    Online furniture sales, for all categories including outdoor, continue to tick up, increasing 11.1% in 2012 compared with the year prior according to comScore. Total retail online sales were $186.2 billion last year, up 15.3%. More

  • See Casual Living's Powerhouse Retailers for 2013

    Top 100 Casual Living Retailers

    Casual Living's exclusive report, 2013 Powerhouse Retailers, lists 100 casual furniture retailers that are significant players within their respective markets. More

  • Sea of Tranquility

    Deep blues, crisp greens and cool aqua tones inspired by sparkling seas and lush landscapes provide peaceful palettes for outdoor collections More

  • Yard Art Patio & Fireplace

    With business up about 12% by mid-summer, life is good this season at Yard Art Patio & Fireplace. More

  • Stauffers of Kissel Hill

    For first-time apollo award nominee Stauffers of Kissel Hill, exceptional customer service begins with good sales training, which is why it added new sales training this year for its patio furniture department staff. More

  • Outside in Style

    A year after steppinginto The Unknown, The seasoned leadership of what was formerly Greenhouse Mall finds itself heading up a new and exciting specialty business that is drawing "tons" of new customers without any loss of its base. More

  • Patios Plus

    Nominated 13 Out Of The Last 15 Years AND a three-time Apollo Award winner, Patios Plus clearly has its finger on the pulse of the industry. And that pulse, that life force, requires continual change. More

  • ABSCO Fireplace & Patio

    Known for its charity work as well as its events, ABSCO Fireplace & Patio was an obvious choice to sponsor Alabama's first Egg Fest inspired by the Big Green Egg's popular EGGtoberfest. The problem was that Easter Seals of Birmingham approached the retailer with the idea leaving little time to spare. 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.


  • 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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  • 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