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Umbra Launches Global Competition for 30th Anniversary

Umbra Launches Global Competition for 30th Anniversary

TORONTO–Umbra is inviting fans to submit photos of how they use Umbra products in their home for its new global competition called YOU Design, launched in conjunction with its 30th anniversary. Consumers can upload photos at youdesignumbra.com to enter, and visitors can vote to help Umbra decide the 10 most creative entries. A media panelMore »

Cynergreen Designer Riley Hoffer Honored by USGBC

Cynergreen Designer Riley Hoffer Honored by USGBC

WASHINGTON–Thirteen-year-old Riley Hoffer was one of five to be honored by the U.S. Green Building Council this week during its Young Leader Awards, held at Kennedy Center. The awards recognize individuals between the ages of 13 and 25 who have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability. An eco-entrepreneur, Hoffer actively campaigns using reusable water bottles ratherMore »

Consumer Confidence Gains in April

Consumer Confidence Gains in April

NEW YORK–The Consumer Confidence Index followed up its March rebound by picking up 5.6 points in April, finishing the month at 57.9. Lynn Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center at The Conference Board, which compiles the monthly indicator, noted that the April reading was the highest for the index since September 2008, when itMore »

Debbie Mumm Adds New Licensing Partners

Debbie Mumm Adds New Licensing Partners

SPOKANE, Wash.–Lifestyle brand Debbie Mumm has added several new partners to its list of licensees: Conimar Corp., for food preparation and coasters; Paper Magic Group, for handmade Christmas cards and tags; and Melissa Shirley Designs, for handpainted needlepoint canvases for fine needlepoint shops. “When I first came upon Debbie Mumm’s work I knew it wasMore »

Tomorrow’s Weintraub Seminar to Target Sales Growth

Tomorrow’s Weintraub Seminar to Target Sales Growth

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–The latest Issues and Solutions Conference, held by Emanuel Weintraub Associates, will take place tomorrow from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Harvard Club in New York City. Titled “You’ve Cut Costs! Now Grow the Top Line,” the conference will feature a panel that will include Andrew Cohen, chief executive officer of NineMore »

Macy’s Projects 5 Percent Same-Store Sales Gain for First Quarter

Macy’s Projects 5 Percent Same-Store Sales Gain for First Quarter

CINCINNATI–Macy’s said its first-quarter same-store sales should grow 5 percent over the first-quarter of last year. The department-store retailer also said its earnings for the quarter should be about break-even with last year, as opposed to a loss of 16 cents per share in last year’s first quarter. For the full 2010 fiscal year, Macy’sMore »

Iconix Acquires Peanuts Brand

Iconix Acquires Peanuts Brand

NEW YORK–Iconix has agreed to purchase the rights to Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang for $175 million. The Peanuts brand and other acquired assets will be purchased through a newly formed subsidiary, which will be owned 80 percent by Iconix and 20 percent by the family of Charles Schulz, theMore »

Neiman’s Tansky to Retire

Neiman’s Tansky to Retire

DALLAS–Neiman Marcus announced yesterday that Burt Tansky, its chief executive officer, will retire from the position in October. Karen Katz, head of Neiman Marcus Stores, will succeed Tansky. Katz has been with Neiman Marcus since 1985. Tansky, who has been the CEO since 2001, will remain non-executive chairman of the board. James Skinner, Neiman MarcusMore »