|September 30, 2015|
|In today’s INSIDER, you’ll read about:|
|•||Do You Have the Most Up-to-Date Manual of Labeling Laws?|
|•||No Froth in the October Issue of BedTimes|
|•||Advertise in the December BedTimes Supplies Guide Issue!|
|•||US Real GDP Growth Revised Upward Slightly, But Economic Indicators Are Mixed|
|•||Did You Know?|
Do You Have the Most Up-to-Date Manual of Labeling Laws?
Have you downloaded your free copy of the most recent edition of the Manual of Labeling Laws, a digest of U.S. and Canadian laws required for the labeling of bedding, upholstered furniture and stuffed toys. Updated earlier this year, the manual includes new Bedding and Furniture Law Label samples, details on how to combine a state law label and the CA TB 117-2013 SB 1019 label, U.S. and Canadian labeling from the International Down and Feather Testing Laboratory (IDFL), the latest state contact list and more. This manual is free for all ISPA members. To download your copy, log in into the ISPA website and visit www.sleepproducts.org/products/labeling-laws/
No Froth in the October Issue of BedTimes
The season of changing leaves and shorter days has arrived—make the most of your daylight hours by reading the October issue of BedTimes, online now at BedTimesMagazine.com and arriving in your mailbox this week. In this month’s issue, catch up on the latest trends bubbling up in the world of foam and latex manufacturing. Plus, take a look at discoveries found at the Las Vegas Market in August; learn how to change your company’s culture to one that embraces changes for better productivity; and read about family-owned Imperial Bedding, which specializes in two-sided mattresses and produces its own springs. Also, check out stories on industry news, newsmakers and more.
Advertise in the December BedTimes Supplies Guide Issue!
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US Real GDP Growth Revised Upward Slightly, But Economic Indicators Are Mixed
The Monday Economic Report published by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) notes that the U.S. manufacturing sector’s growth in 2015 has been lackluster to moderate. Most recently, new durable goods orders fell 2.0% in August, offsetting the 1.9% increase in July. Excluding transportation, new orders for durable goods were unchanged in August. The University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters also reported that consumer confidence has fallen to an 11-month low. Likewise, the strong dollar and struggling global economy have also dampened exports. In terms of housing, new home sales increased 5.7% in August, following a 12.0% gain in July (the fastest growth for new home sales since February 2008), but existing home sales fell 4.8% in August and inventories of existing homes have increased.
Looking at specific global markets, the Caixin Flash China General Manufacturing PMI has declined again, to its lowest level since March 2009, following 7 straight months of contraction in the Chinese manufacturing sector. Meanwhile, European activity appears to be improving. Here at home, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has revised Q2 real GDP slightly higher, with the U.S. economy expanding by 3.9 percent in its latest estimate (up from 3.7% in its previous estimate). NAM predicts real GDP growth for Q3 will be 2.2%, and 2.4% for all of 2015 (same as for 2014), with 2016 growth expected to be slightly better at 2.5%.
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