American Growth Trend Continues

When the designers at furniture maker Berkline Corp. came out with a recliner built to hold 350 pounds and a seat that’s nearly 2 feet wide, they had a big hit.

But not big enough, it turns out. Berkline’s “XL” series just debuted in the fall, but it will soon be dwarfed. A newer model can take 600 pounds and comes with a motorized lift.