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First-Quarter Net Rises 10 Percent for Family Dollar

First-Quarter Net Rises 10 Percent for Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C.—Net income for Family Dollar increased 9.9 percent to $74.3 million in its fiscal first quarter, which ended on Nov. 27. The discount retailer benefited from a 9.5 percent jump in net sales in the quarter, which totaled $2 billion and which included a 6.9 percent increase in same-store sales. Howard Levine, chairman andMore »

Perfect Fit to Expand Distribution Channels with Health-related Products

Perfect Fit to Expand Distribution Channels with Health-related Products

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Perfect Fit Industries has inaugurated a strategic initiative focused on health-related products, which is geared toward extending its business into the hospitality and health-care markets. The effort will focus on product innovations that include the company’s anti-bed-bug line, an anti-microbial technology, a fabric treatment that eliminates odors, and a multi-component bedding program developed throughMore »

Kathy Ireland Licenses with Primo on Seating and Sleep Furniture

Kathy Ireland Licenses with Primo on Seating and Sleep Furniture

MONTREAL—kathy ireland Worldwide, the design and marketing firm headed by former supermodel and actress Kathy Ireland, has signed a licensing partnership with Primo International for a line of seating, sleepers, futons and other products. The initial launch will encompass up to 30 Klik Klak Studio Sleepers, futons and other items, according to John DeFalco, executiveMore »

Kichler’s Dross Promoted to Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends

Kichler’s Dross Promoted to Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends

CLEVELAND–With 36 years of lighting experience at Kichler, Jeffrey Dross has been named to the post of corporate director of education and industry trends. He will serve as the corporate trends analyst, media spokesperson and industry liaison, as well as expand the company’s training efforts for sales representatives, customers, specifiers and other industry audiences. “JeffMore »

Richard Kaplan, Tabletop Executive, Dies

Richard Kaplan, Tabletop Executive, Dies

KENNEBUNK, Me.–Richard Kaplan, who enjoyed a long career in the silver and crystal businesses, passed away Dec. 29, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. Kaplan’s career in the tabletop industry began when he opened a Midwest office for Poole Silver in Chicago in the early 1950s. When Poole Silver wasMore »

Pacific Coast Lighting to Open Las Vegas Showroom

Pacific Coast Lighting to Open Las Vegas Showroom

CHATSWORTH, Calif.–Pacific Coast Lighting will open a new showroom this month, debuting its new space at Las Vegas Market in Building A, #301. Brand partner Kathy Ireland will be the guest of honor at the showroom’s ribbon cutting on Monday, January 24, from 4 – 5 p.m. The showroom is twice the size of itsMore »

Dallas Market Center Welcomes New Mass Transit Rail Stop

Dallas Market Center Welcomes New Mass Transit Rail Stop

DALLAS–Dallas Market Center has announced that the Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail now stops at its campus and will be available for use during this month’s Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. Located across Harry Hines Boulevard, which is the street that runs behind the Dallas Market Center campus, the DART rail station can beMore »

Surtex Slates Judges for designext Competition

Surtex Slates Judges for designext Competition

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Surtex has named five judges for its designext competition, scheduled to take place at the next Surtex this coming May. The judges will be Violet Brandwein, senior buyer with Kate’s Paperie; Henny Lakin, creative director and vice president of design and product development for Creative Bath Products; Diane Piemonte, vice president of creativeMore »