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World Market Center Las Vegas Recognizes Gift+Home Exhibitors for Visual Merchandising

World Market Center Las Vegas Recognizes Gift+Home Exhibitors for Visual Merchandising

LAS VEGAS–Three gift and home decor temporary exhibitors were recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Merchandising at Gift+Home at the recent Las Vegas Market. This was the first-of-its kind awards presentation for the fast-growing gift sector at World Market Center Las Vegas. Lynne’s Whim of Swampscott, Mass., Rustic Ironwerks of Chino Valley, Ariz., and TheMore »

High Point Design Center Seminar Slated

High Point Design Center Seminar Slated

HIGH POINT, N.C.–High Point Design Center is hosting Unity in Design, a three-day event during which more than 50 designer-friendly showrooms will open for business. The event, scheduled for Feb. 9 to 11, offers seminars, a factory tour, a career symposium and the Second-Annual Design Professionals of North Carolina Trade Show. The seminar schedule includesMore »

Capel Rugs Gives Away Kindle E-Readers at Las Vegas Rug Market

Capel Rugs Gives Away Kindle E-Readers at Las Vegas Rug Market

LAS VEGAS–Three lucky Capel customers won Amazon Kindle e-readers during last month’s Las Vegas Market: Kristin Rocke of K. Rocke Designs; Kate Finnesy of Commercial Home Furnishings; and Karen Willman-Jung of Northwoods Furniture Gallery. Capel had invited customers who visited its Las Vegas showroom to enter to win a Kindle during the first three daysMore »

Oral-B, Crest Start Oral-Health “Crusade”

Oral-B, Crest Start Oral-Health “Crusade”

CINCINNATI–Oral-B and Crest have begun what a statement from the two brands described as a “cross-country crusade” to educate people on how they can improve their oral health. The initiative from the two Procter & Gamble brands, titled “4X Cleaner Crusade,” will spotlight how the use of the Oral-B electric toothbrush and Crest toothpaste canMore »

Snowy January Crimps Same-Store Sales

Snowy January Crimps Same-Store Sales

NEW YORK—The winter storms that hit the Northeast and the Southeast dampened last month same-store sales numbers for major U.S. retailers. While J.C. Penney posted the only decline among the chains tracked by HFN (off 1.2 percent), almost all of the other retailers struggled with same-store gains in the very low single digits. In theMore »

World Market Center on Rumors: We Remain Focused

World Market Center on Rumors: We Remain Focused

LAS VEGAS–The World Market Center has responded to numerous reports that it is planning to merge with High Point’s three largest showrooms. “We are aware of the various rumors and speculation,” the World Market Center said in a statement. “However, we remain focused on running our business and maintaining momentum from our January Market, whereMore »

BJ’s Explores Possible Sale

BJ’s Explores Possible Sale

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—BJ’s Wholesale Club has begun to look into the possibility of a company sale, along with other “strategic alternatives,” according to a company statement. An independent committee of the warehouse-club retailer’s board of directors will determine the best course of action and make a recommendation. The committee has engaged Morgan Stanley as its financialMore »

Big Lots’ Sales Pick Up 3.8 Percent in Fourth Quarter

Big Lots’ Sales Pick Up 3.8 Percent in Fourth Quarter

COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a preliminary statement on its fourth-quarter results, Big Lots said net sales finished the quarter at $1.5 billion, up 3.8 percent from the fourth quarter of last year. Same-store sales in the quarter, which ended on Jan. 29, were flat compared to the prior fiscal year as the January winter storms through muchMore »