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Consumer Confidence Rebounds in March

Consumer Confidence Rebounds in March

NEW YORK–After a 10.5-point dive in February, the consumer confidence index made something of a recovery this month. As compiled by The Conference Board, the index rose 6.1 points to 52.5 in March. Both of the component indices, present situations and expectations, made significant gains as well—with the present situations index picking up 4.3 pointsMore »

FTC Clears Way for Walgreens to Acquire Duane Reade

FTC Clears Way for Walgreens to Acquire Duane Reade

DEERFIELD, Ill.–Walgreens said it has received the regulatory clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to complete its acquisition of Duane Reade. On Feb. 17, Walgreens signed a definitive agreement to purchase Duane Reade from affiliates of Oak Hill Capital Partners. The cash transaction will give Walgreens all 257 Duane Reade drugstores, along with theMore »

Zwilling J.A. Henckels to Open Forty One Madison Showroom

Zwilling J.A. Henckels to Open Forty One Madison Showroom

HAWTHORNE, N.Y.–Zwilling J.A. Henckels will unveil a permanent showroom at Forty One Madison during the spring New York Tabletop Show, scheduled for April 13-16. The Zwilling J.A. Henckels showroom at Forty One Madison will be the first exclusive and permanent showcase of its premium product offerings. The company will utilize the showroom to highlight itsMore »

Sleepy’s Aligns With First Book and Author Numeroff to Boost Literacy

Sleepy’s Aligns With First Book and Author Numeroff to Boost Literacy

NEW YORK–Sleepy’s has formed a partnership with First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books to children in need, and author Laura Numeroff to introduce Sleepy’s Bedtime Stories, a program that encourages families to read together. The program is urging parents to spend at least 20 minutes each night to read with their children. ParentsMore »

Hunter Douglas to Halt Internet Sales

Hunter Douglas to Halt Internet Sales

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J.–Hunter Douglas said its brand of window coverings will no longer be sold through the Internet channel in the United States or Canada, effective June 1. The company’s products are sold through a network of independent dealers throughout North America, with the support of local fabrication companies in the markets these dealersMore »

Meijer Debuts Katie Brown Home Line

Meijer Debuts Katie Brown Home Line

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Meijer plans to launch a new collection of home products created by Katie Brown, the lifestyle expert and national television personality. The retailer said the line is slated to launch at all 191 Meijer stores this month. It encompasses two groupings, the Orchard collection and the Northern Shore collection. The initial rollout willMore »

Trainer Appointed ISPA President

Trainer Appointed ISPA President

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–Ryan Trainer has been named president of the International Sleep Products Association. Trainer succeeds Dick Doyle, who resigned from the post last August. Trainer joined ISPA in 2002 and had served as executive vice president and general counsel. Before joining ISPA, Trainer had spent more than 20 years in private law practice and withMore »

U.S. Division of Kartell Announces Executive Changes

U.S. Division of Kartell Announces Executive Changes

NEW YORK–Italian company Kartell has announced executive changes for its U.S. division. Emanuele Corvo, managing director of Kartell’s U.S. subsidiary, has resigned and will be leaving the company this week to pursue other interests, Kartell said in a statement. In addition, John Jenkin will join the company April 1 in the new position of executiveMore »