- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - About 75,000 wholesale furniture buyers and sellers from around the world are headed to North Carolina, this time without the ferment over a state law that denies anti-discrimination protection to LGBT people that marked the last meeting six months ago.

The twice-a-year furniture market opens Saturday in the traditional furniture city of High Point for its five-day run.

The High Point Market Authority staging the event, furniture retailers and manufacturers say there’s no longer much talk of boycotts. The April market was preceded by calls to boycott the event responsible for an estimated $5 billion a year in economic activity in North Carolina.

The spring market saw about 1,000 fewer registered attendees from the previous year after last year’s spring event attendance rose 2.5 percent.

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