furniture

5 Surprising Things You Should Negotiate

Most of us know we're supposed to negotiate when it comes to buying a house or a car, but how about at the dry cleaner? Or when we're on the phone with our cell phone provider? Hesitate no longer.

Businesses That We Complain About the Most

Poor customer service is one of the primary reasons people tend to shun certain companies and even whole industries. 24/7 Wall St. identified the U.S. industries with the most complaints, as well as the troubles people have with them. If customer service is important to success, those we identified are in trouble.

IKEA's Low Prices to Drop Even Further

Good news for home decorators: Fans of IKEA's ready-to-assemble furniture can expect lower prices in the near future. The company said it is dropping...

IKEA's Low Prices to Drop Even Further

Good news for home decorators: Fans of IKEA's ready-to-assemble furniture can expect lower prices in the near future. The company said it is dropping...

A Surprise 1% Drop in June's Durable Goods Orders

U.S. durable goods orders unexpectedly fell 1% in June, their largest decline since August 2009. That was in sharp contrast to the predictions of the Bloomberg survey, which had forecast orders to increase 1%. The drop provides more evidence that the nation's economic recovery has slowed.

The Positive News in May's Durable Goods Report

Although durable goods order fell 1.1% in May -- its first decline in six months -- the key ex-transportation component rose 0.9%, confirming an ongoing expansion in the nation's manufacturing sector.

Retail Sales Drop, but Mostly Due to a Calendar Quirk

May's retail sales figures seem to show U.S. consumers are losing their drive to shop, but some of the weakness can be blamed on a quirk in the calendar. A closer look shows consumers are actually becoming more willing to pony up at the cash register again.

Staycation sales get silly

Staycation has become the marketing buzzword of the season. I've been guilty of using it in writing myself, but last night I was watching TV and a...

Bargain time for antique furniture

If you've been waiting for the market for Victorian furniture to weaken, now is your time to pounce. Antique prices are finally falling, reports the ...