Here's some counter-intuitive news: People are buying more home products to fill their smaller abodes. Home furnishings store sales are expected to rise in April, May and June to $23.2 billion, up nearly 8% from a year ago.
"A home doesn't need to be big, just smart." That's the theme of the 2012 IKEA catalog, which drops in August. The Swedish retailer's new home book is a nod to shoppers who are still in savings mode, and also addresses the digital/social revolution with a new iPad app that brings the catalog to life.