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Vitamix to Expand Manufacturing Facilities, Office Space

Vitamix to Expand Manufacturing Facilities, Office Space

CLEVELAND—Vitamix has begun an expansion of its manufacturing, warehousing and shipping facilities, and its office space. The addition to its manufacturing area, which will increase the size by 33,000 square feet, will include more production lines, a new shipping area and an expanded warehouse. Also, Vitamix will grow its office space by 7,000 square feetMore »

ARTS Awards Finalists Announced

ARTS Awards Finalists Announced

DALLAS—Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team (ART) have  announced the 22nd annual ARTS Awards finalists. The ARTS Awards for the home decorative accessories industry is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (Jan. 19-25, 2011). This year’s gala will take place on Jan. 22, 2011, in The Grand Pavilion atMore »

Williams-Sonoma Net Skyrockets in Second Quarter

Williams-Sonoma Net Skyrockets in Second Quarter

SAN FRANCISCO–Williams-Sonoma’s net profit in the second quarter ballooned to $30.8 million, compared to $399,000 for the period last year. The improvement came about largely because of a 20 percent jump in direct-to-customer revenues, which helped push Williams-Sonoma’s total revenues up 15 percent to $775.6 million in the quarter. This firmed the company’s gross marginMore »

Sears Holdings Narrows Loss in Second Quarter

Sears Holdings Narrows Loss in Second Quarter

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—Sears Holdings reported a second-quarter net loss of $39 million, as compared to the net loss of $94 million it posted in the second quarter of last year. The parent company of Sears and Kmart was able to keep its expenses in check during the quarter, with selling, general and administrative expenses slippingMore »

Ross Stores Bolsters Bottom Line by 25 Percent in Second Quarter

Ross Stores Bolsters Bottom Line by 25 Percent in Second Quarter

PLEASANTON, Calif.–Net income for Ross Stores finished the second quarter at $129.3 million, 25 percent better than in the second quarter of 2009 and a record for the off-price retail company. The profit level improved thanks to an 8.1 percent gain in second-quarter net sales to $1.2 billion (including a same-store sales rise of 4More »

Top Home Retailers Report Available

Top Home Retailers Report Available

NEW YORK–HFN’s Top Home Retailers Report is now available at a special introductory price. It is the industry’s only total home list of the biggest retailers in the business. For more information, contact https://store.macfad.com/content/top-retailers-home-furnishings

WOW Awards Recipients Cited

WOW Awards Recipients Cited

GREENSBORO, N.C.–WithIt, the women’s leadership development network serving the home-furnishings industry, has announced the winners of the 2010 WOW Awards, which recognize individuals and/or corporations that contribute to the success and growth of the industry. Kathy Wall, president of The Media Matters, has received the Mentoring Award acknowledging advocacy, development and/or promotion of women inMore »

Lifetime Brands Relaunches Corporate Web Site

Lifetime Brands Relaunches Corporate Web Site

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.–Lifetime Brands has relaunched its corporate Web site with videos, tips, product information and photography, a 360-degree showroom and more. “Our new Web site offers consumers, investors, retailers and media a closer look at our company, our brands and the innovative products we design, market and manufacture for use in homes across theMore »