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Housewares Show to Stay in Chicago

Housewares Show to Stay in Chicago

ROSEMONT, Ill.— The International Housewares Association said it plans to keep its big show in Chicago for the foreseeable future. In an announcement made early this afternoon, the trade association said it is in negotiations with McCormick Place to continue to hold the International Home + Housewares Show there. Earlier this year, the group hadMore »

WWRD Appoints Fencel V.P. Sales

WWRD Appoints Fencel V.P. Sales

NEW YORK–WWRD, parent company of Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, has appointed Rick Fencel, vice president of sales for independents, special markets & channels within the United States. Previously Fencel served as the chief executive officer for Lladró USA and the vice president of sales at Royal Doulton USA. He is a 25-year veteran ofMore »

Economic Recovery Boosts Business at Surtex

Economic Recovery Boosts Business at Surtex

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The upward surge of the retail economy helped to make last month’s Surtex into a positive experience for exhibitors and attendees, according to a statement from GLM, the show’s owner and manager. The show drew more than 250 exhibiting companies, consisting of artists, designers, licensors and agents from throughout the world. GLM alsoMore »

Live Auction Included in Home Furnishings Coalition Summer Social

Live Auction Included in Home Furnishings Coalition Summer Social

NEW YORK–A live auction will take place during the summer social of the New York Home Furnishings and Design Organizations Coalition. Scheduled for July 13 at the Tribeca Rooftop here, the event will provide coalition members a chance to network with each other. The live auction will be hosted by George Oliphant, left, host ofMore »

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

NEW YORK–Pantone color experts Lee Eiseman and Brooks Tippett will discuss how color can jump-start sales and improve profitability during HFN’s first-ever Webinar, scheduled for June 16 at noon. HFN Editor-in-Chief Warren Shoulberg will moderate the conversation, which is free to qualified members of the home-furnishings industry. Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,More »

Retail Sales Lackluster in May

Retail Sales Lackluster in May

NEW YORK—Same-store sales for the nation’s major retail chains picked up some—but not much—of the momentum they had lost in April. Leading the pack among the chains tracked by HFN was Costco, whose comparable-store sales rose 5 percent last month year over year, excluding gasoline sales (whose inclusion boosted the increase to 7 percent). TJXMore »

Harrison Named to General Manager of Import Division at Capel

Harrison Named to General Manager of Import Division at Capel

TROY, N.C.–Capel Rugs has appointed John Harrison general manager of the company’s import division, reporting to Tami Watras, director of merchandising. Now responsible for the company’s planning and purchasing strategies as well as inventory control and vendor management, he first joined Capel in 1994 as import purchasing manager.

Gift Fair Joins WGSN Advisory Forum

Gift Fair Joins WGSN Advisory Forum

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The New York International Gift Fair has reached an exclusive agreement with WGSN, a style- and trend-forecasting service, which positions the Gift Fair as the sole U.S. home, gift and lifestyle market on the WGSN Advisory Forum. The agreement marks the launch of WGSN-homebuildlife.com, a new trend-forecasting site and product-development tool that willMore »