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Licensing Expo Releases Conference Schedule

Licensing Expo Releases Conference Schedule

NEW YORK-The upcoming Licensing International Expo will include a slate of seminars on business issues related to licensing. “Using Licensing with Cause Marketing,” a session on linking a license to a cause-marketing effort, will take place from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on June 7. On June 8, “Getting Your Brand Ready for Licensing” willMore »

Numbers Up for Williams-Sonoma in First Quarter

Numbers Up for Williams-Sonoma in First Quarter

SAN FRANCISCO-Reversing an $18.7 million loss from the first quarter of last year, Williams-Sonoma posted net income of $19.5 million in this year’s first quarter. The retailer managed to change from red to black based on a 17.3 percent jump in net revenues, which finished the quarter at $717.6 million and which included a 17More »

Net Income for Sears Holdings Falls 38 Percent in First Quarter

Net Income for Sears Holdings Falls 38 Percent in First Quarter

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-First-quarter net income for Sears Holdings dropped 38 percent to $16 million. The decline occurred in spite of the fact that other key numbers for the company were relatively flat in the quarter. Revenues finished the quarter at $10 billion, less than 1 percent off the first quarter of last year; and sellingMore »

Four Hands Acquires Bluefish Home

Four Hands Acquires Bluefish Home

AUSTIN, Texas-Four Hands has purchased Bluefish Home, an international furniture company based in Marietta, Ga. This is Four Hands’ second acquisition in 90 days, following the addition of lighting company Architects & Heroes in March. For the past 11 years, Bluefish has offered hand-finished furniture, and each piece is crafted by artisans in Honduras. FourMore »

Telleysh Joins Lexington as V.P., General Manager of Upholstery Operations

Telleysh Joins Lexington as V.P., General Manager of Upholstery Operations

HIGH POINT, N.C.-Industry veteran Jim Telleysh has been named vice president and general manager of upholstery operations for Lexington Home Brands. In this role, Telleysh will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s upholstery business. Telleysh will report to Phil Haney, president and chief executive officer of Lexington Home Brands. Telleysh was most recentlyMore »

Schauben to Receive Icon Honors Stewardship Award

Schauben to Receive Icon Honors Stewardship Award

ATLANTA-The Icon Honors  executive committee has unanimously elected to honor Peter Schauben, the founder of the industry organization Gift for Life, with a special industry Stewardship Award at the inaugural Honors celebration scheduled for July 17 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Schauben’s career spans almost fourMore »

Valette Named Select Comfort Chairman

Valette Named Select Comfort Chairman

MINNEAPOLIS-Jean-Michel Valette has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Select Comfort. Valette, who has been a member of Select Comfort’s board for more than 15 years, succeeds Ervin R. Shames, who will continue to serve as a member of the company’s board. Currently, Valette is also chairman of Peet’s Coffee and TeaMore »

Forty One Madison Welcomes Gift Show Buyers

Forty One Madison Welcomes Gift Show Buyers

NEW YORK-Gift buyers and retail executives will find the Forty One Madison welcome mat out for the summer New York International Gift Fair. The tableware building, where approximately 30 showrooms are open for show-goers, will offer complimentary mini-coach shuttle service between its East Side location and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “We know aMore »