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Chains Post Gains in Same-Store Sales

Chains Post Gains in Same-Store Sales

NEW YORK–The major U.S. retail chains registered a generally positive August in terms of their same-store sales. The largest increases came from the department-store channel. Kohl’s led the way with a pickup of 4.5 percent in same-store sales, followed by Macy’s at 4.3 percent. J.C. Penney finished August with a 0.8 percent increase, while Dillard’sMore »

Pier 1 Sales Rise 8 Percent in Second Quarter

Pier 1 Sales Rise 8 Percent in Second Quarter

FORT WORTH, Texas–Second-quarter net sales for Pier 1 Imports increased 8 percent to $310 million, according to a preliminary report on the quarter from the specialty retailer. The sales gain included same-store sales growth of 11.2 percent. Alex Smith, Pier 1’s president and chief executive officer, said August was a particularly strong month for theMore »

Warren Shoulberg Blog: Shanghaied

Warren Shoulberg Blog: Shanghaied

To most people in the home business, China is either too close or too far with very little in between. Too close to the people who go to China so often on sourcing trips that they become oblivious to the fact that they are in a very different country, one totally apart from the oneMore »

Whirlpool to Build New Tennessee Plant for Premium Cooking Products

Whirlpool to Build New Tennessee Plant for Premium Cooking Products

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.–Whirlpool plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tenn., to produce premium cooking products. Measuring about 1 million square feet, the new factory will replace the existing, 100-year-old plant already in that community and will produce premium ranges, cooktops and ovens. The project will also include a distribution center measuring 400,000More »

Westinghouse Lighting Plans to Move Corporate Headquarters

Westinghouse Lighting Plans to Move Corporate Headquarters

PHILADELPHIA–As part of its multi-phase corporate reorganization, Westinghouse Lighting is searching for a new corporate headquarters here. Having been in Philadelphia in several locations over its 64-year history, the company has been at its current 230,000-square-foot location for the last 22 years, but now wants a facility that will operate more efficiently, the company said.

HFPA Young Professionals to Conduct Showroom Crawl During Market

HFPA Young Professionals to Conduct Showroom Crawl During Market

NEW YORK–The Home Fashion Products Association’s Young Professionals have scheduled a showroom “crawl” for Sept. 17, the Friday of the New York Home Fashions Market. According to an HFPA statement, the crawl will serve to introduce students to the home furnishings business. Industry experts will be in each showroom to explain the scope of theirMore »

Retailers Sign Up for National Home Furnishings Month

Retailers Sign Up for National Home Furnishings Month

LAS VEGAS–A number of retailers throughout the country have said they will participate in the National Home Furnishings Month campaign, according to a statement from the World Market Center, the campaign’s sponsor. Eight thousand retail stores have signed up to take advantage of the store locator on the campaign’s Web site, homeyet.com, the statement said.More »

Sergent Named Marketing Director of Washington Design Center

Sergent Named Marketing Director of Washington Design Center

CHICAGO–MMPI has appointed Jennifer Sergent director of marketing for the Washington Design Center. Sergent oversees the center’s overall marketing activities in her new role, and reports to John Brennan, executive vice president of MMPI’s design centers. She succeeds Mitchell Ammons Walters. Before joining Washington Design Center, Sergent was senior editor of Washington Spaces magazine. SheMore »