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Twin-Star Names Winner of Spiff Contest

Twin-Star Names Winner of Spiff Contest

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—­Matt Kramer of iKeating in Minot, N.D., was recently recognized as the winner of Twin-Star International’s nationwide spiff incentive program. Kramer sold nearly 40 fireplaces, nearly doubling last year’s competition, and won a $1,000 prize. “Each year that this contest is held, the bar gets raised a little higher for both the retailersMore »

Retail Sales Rise for Fifth Straight Month

Retail Sales Rise for Fifth Straight Month

WASHINGTON—U.S. retail sales reached $378.7 billion in November, up 0.8 percent over October and marking the fifth consecutive month of growth, according to this morning’s report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The total also represented a gain of 7.7 percent over November 2009. The increase included a 2.8 percent month-over-month gain by department storesMore »

New Macy’s Fulfillment Center to Support Online Business

New Macy’s Fulfillment Center to Support Online Business

CINCINNATI–Macy’s, Inc. will build a major fulfillment center near Martinsburg, W.Va., to support the continued growth of its online business, the company announced this morning. Construction on the 1.3 million-square-foot facility, located about 80 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., is expected to begin in spring 2011; order shipments, primarily to customers in the Northeast andMore »

Best Buy Net Slips in Third Quarter

Best Buy Net Slips in Third Quarter

MINNEAPOLIS—A drop in revenue and a slight increase in expenses pushed Best Buy’s net income down 4.4 percent in its third quarter, to $217 million. Revenue declined 1.1 percent to $11.9 billion in the quarter, which ended Nov. 27.  This falloff included a 3.3 percent drop in same-store sales, including a decrease of five percentMore »

Lillian August Opens Manhattan Location

Lillian August Opens Manhattan Location

NEW YORK–Home furnishings and interior design retailer Lillian August opened its fifth location last month and its first freestanding store outside Connecticut, where it is based. The 17,000 square-foot space here on West 20th Street aims to be a one-stop resource for both consumers and interior designers, Dan Weiss, president and chief executive officer, toldMore »

Gillies Named CEO of Z3 LLC, Calvin Klein Partner

Gillies Named CEO of Z3 LLC, Calvin Klein Partner

BIRMINGHAM, Mich.–Z3 LLC, the exclusive licensing partner of Calvin Klein Home Furniture, has appointed Andrew Gillies as president and chief executive officer, a new position. Gillies will oversee all aspects of business development including manufacturing, sales distribution and product assortment for the Calvin Klein Home Furniture lines. Gillies brings more than 35 years of industryMore »