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Warren Shoulberg Column: The Wal-Get Ratio

Warren Shoulberg Column: The Wal-Get Ratio

Ditch the Dow. Have no confidence in Consumer Confidence. And cop out when it comes to comp store sales. If you want to know how’s business, all you need to understand is the Wal-Get Ratio. It’s so simple even somebody in the home furnishings business can figure it out. First look at Walmart’s business. IsMore »

World Market Center to Sponsor Home Mortgage Sweepstakes

World Market Center to Sponsor Home Mortgage Sweepstakes

LAS VEGAS–To help focus attention on the second annual National Home Furnishings Month in September, the World Market Center will sponsor a nationwide consumer sweepstakes that will pay a homeowner’s mortgage for one year. The sweepstakes will run through September and will be promoted extensively online and with the support of participating retailers. Stores canMore »

iRobot Goes from Loss to Profit in Second Quarter

iRobot Goes from Loss to Profit in Second Quarter

BEDFORD, Mass.–Riding the wave of a significant increase in home-robot sales, iRobot posted second-quarter net income of $5.3 million, compared to a net loss of $2.6 million in the second quarter of last year. The company said in its statement on the quarter’s results that international home-robot revenues jumped by more than 80 percent inMore »

Nourison Appoints New Northwest Sales Rep

Nourison Appoints New Northwest Sales Rep

SADDLE BROOK, N.J.–Nourison has appointed Robert Long account executive for the territory of Northwestern United States and Western Canada. He has a background in real estate and hard-surface flooring, and will be responsible for servicing and developing business with the company’s dealer base in the region. “We are excited to welcome Robert to the Nourison team,”More »

Cuisinart’s Rodgers Speaks on Social Media

Cuisinart’s Rodgers Speaks on Social Media

STAMFORD, Conn.–Mary Rodgers, director of marketing communications for Cuisinart, delivered a presentation titled “The Power of Social Media: Driving Shoppers to Retail, from First of Contact to Point of Sale,” at the recent Shopper Insights in Action conference. Rodgers focused on Cuisinart’s use of social media to drive retail growth, and delved into the brand’sMore »

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

Primitives by Kathy has taken a page from the past to create its new line of vintage streetcar signs, updated to include contemporary sentiments. Each wooden sign, including this design called “Say it like you mean it,” has an aged vintage finish and is made to stand alone or hang on a wall. Sizes rangeMore »

Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll

By David Gill A positive mood will envelope New York City from Aug. 15-19, with the advent of this month’s New York International Gift Fair and Gift & Home Textiles Market. \The two shows, which run concurrently, are taking place as the product categories they cover—home textiles, gifts, accessories and housewares among them—continue their slowMore »

Calvin Klein Rug Display Launches

Calvin Klein Rug Display Launches

The Calvin Klein Home area rug collection from Nourison now has its own display for retailers to use in stores. Called the Calvin Klein Home Rug Portfolio, the compact fixture will feature 45 of the line’s best sellers and key collections for the brand, and point-of-purchase boards provide selling fixtures, rug images, sample availability andMore »