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Retail Sales Slip in May

Retail Sales Slip in May

WASHINGTON–Sales at U.S. retailers finished May at $362.5 billion, down 1.2 percent from April sales, according to the monthly report from the U.S. Census Bureau released this morning. Although May sales fell back in comparison with April, they still rose 6.9 percent compared to May of 2009. Looking at the different distribution channels, sales atMore »

Groupe SEB Makes Organizational Changes

Groupe SEB Makes Organizational Changes

WEST ORANGE, N.J.–Groupe SEB has made changes to the executive ranks in its U.S. Partnership Group, which handles the company’s product-development relationships with other manufacturers. Michael Miller, vice president of sales for Rowenta, has been given the additional responsibility over Krups’ partnership sales in the United States. Richard Joaristi, marketing director of T-fal electrics, hasMore »

Iconix Signs Springs Canada, Baltic as Charisma Licensees

Iconix Signs Springs Canada, Baltic as Charisma Licensees

NEW YORK–Iconix Brand Group has reached agreements with Springs Canada and Baltic Linen for home-textiles lines carrying the Charisma brand name. Springs Canada will hold the license for the Charisma name in Canada for bed and bath products including sheets, towels and basic bedding. Distribution on this collection will begin in the fall. Baltic willMore »

Gift Fair Unveils Online Navigation Tools

Gift Fair Unveils Online Navigation Tools

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–New online tools have been introduced by the New York International Gift Fair to help attendees navigate the trade show, scheduled for Aug. 14 to Aug. 19. Beginning today, the Gift Fair Web site has a new search engine, search.nyigf.com, that allows visitors to locate current vendors, and find and sort resources byMore »

Braden Becomes Global President of Hästens

Braden Becomes Global President of Hästens

KÖPING, Sweden–Nick Braden has been named global president of high-end mattress manufacturer Hästens. Braden assumes responsibility over the search for strategic opportunities for the company on a global level. He also oversees the centralized functions supporting the company’s worldwide operations. Jan Ryde, the chief executive officer and fifth-generation owner of Hästens, had performed these functionsMore »

Wahl Debuts Man of the Year Contest

Wahl Debuts Man of the Year Contest

STERLING, Ill.–Wahl Clipper has launched its fifth annual Wahl Man of the Year photo contest, in which the company chooses the man with the best beard, mustache and goatee. Participants must submit their photos and contact information online at wahlnation.com by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Oct. 10. The company is conducting this year’sMore »

Gearhart Named Walmart Corporate Secretary

Gearhart Named Walmart Corporate Secretary

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–Jeff Gearhart, Walmart’s executive vice president and general counsel, has been promoted to the additional post of corporate secretary, effective Aug. 1. Reporting directly to Mike Duke, president and chief executive officer, Gearhart will assume the responsibilities over Walmart’s ethical-sourcing program. He will also maintain his current responsibilities over all of the company’s legalMore »