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White Named Senior VP of Family Dollar

White Named Senior VP of Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C.—Family Dollar has appointed Paul White senior vice president – apparel, home and seasonal. In his new role, White is responsible for creating offerings of merchandise in these segments to complement the retailer’s growing assortment of consumables. He reports to Dorlisa Flur, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Before joining Family Dollar, WhiteMore »

Massmart Shareholders Approve Walmart Acquisition

Massmart Shareholders Approve Walmart Acquisition

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—The shareholders of Massmart, the South African retail holding company, have voted to approve Walmart’s offer to acquire 51 percent of Massmart’s shares. In a session held yesterday, 97.67 percent of the shareholders voted in favor of the deal, according to a Massmart statement. The statement added that the deal must now beMore »

Q Squared Design Opens Showroom at Forty One Madison

Q Squared Design Opens Showroom at Forty One Madison

NEW YORK–Q Squared Design, the two-year-old home goods company with a design team is in Italy and its own manufacturing facilities in China, has opened a 1,200-square-foot showroom on the 19th floor at Forty One Madison here. It will introduce its rainbow array of melamine tableware when the showroom opens for The New York GiftMore »

Kravet Bids for Brunschwig & Fils

Kravet Bids for Brunschwig & Fils

NEW YORK—Fabric and home-furnishings vendor Kravet has made a bid to purchase Brunschwig & Fils, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The deal is subject to a competitive-bid process that will take place in early March, according to a spokeswoman for Brunschwig & Fils. Brunschwig & Fils is a supplier of fabrics, wallMore »

Chicago, California Shows to Offer Fair Trade Pavilions

Chicago, California Shows to Offer Fair Trade Pavilions

CHICAGO—Both the Chicago Market: Living and Giving and the California Gift Show will feature Fair Trade Pavilions with handmade products from around the world. The pavilions will be offered in partnership between MMPI, owner and manager of both shows, and the Fair Trade Federation. Among the product categories represented in the two pavilions will beMore »

Retail Sales Grow 7.9 Percent in December

Retail Sales Grow 7.9 Percent in December

WASHINGTON–U.S. retail sales capped a strong holiday season with a 7.9 percent year-over-year increase in December, totaling $380.9 billion on an adjusted basis, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The strong pace, however, did not help retail channels that carry home goods. Sales at furniture and home-furnishings stores advanced just 1.4 percent yearMore »