Retail

WSL Survey: Shoppers Have Adopted “Cautious” Outlook

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NEW YORK–Consumers responding to a survey conducted by WSL Strategic Retail indicated that they are returning to spending—but with a wary mindset. The concerns are evident from the participants’ answers to key questions about the economy. According to WSL’s annual How America Shops: The Pulse of Shopping Life study, 37 percent of the participants saidMore »

Licensing Gallery to Return to Gift Fair

Licensing Gallery to Return to Gift Fair

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The Licensing Gallery will return to the New York International Gift Fair for three days during the winter Gift Fair, from Jan. 29 through Jan. 31, 2011. The gallery is a business-to-business forum offering manufacturers of home products an opportunity to view art and design from a select group of exhibitors at Surtex,More »

Brookstone Forms Wholesale and Licensing Division

Brookstone Forms Wholesale and Licensing Division

MERRIMACK, N.H.–Brookstone has launched a Wholesale and Licensing Division to seek out licensing partners for expanding the availability of its product line. Ron Boire, Brookstone’s president and chief executive officer, said the new division will develop relationships with retailers and manufacturers throughout the world, with the goal of extending the reach of the Brookstone brand. More »

2 For Life Media Creates Wedding App for iPad

2 For Life Media Creates Wedding App for iPad

TORONTO–2 For Life Media Inc. has released its Ultimate Wedding Planner app for the iPad on Apple’s App Store. This wedding app by 2 for Couples combines the authority of a national wedding magazine, the immediacy of a wedding Web site and the interactivity of a digital planner, according to the company. The app providesMore »

Megan David, Former ABC Buyer, Opens Wake Robin

Megan David, Former ABC Buyer, Opens Wake Robin

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y.–Wake Robin, a specialty home shop, has been opened here by Megan David, a former buyer for ABC Carpet & Home. The store will carry categories including furniture, tabletop, lighting  and textiles. Specific items include case goods from Canvas, a furniture and accessories line that David helped develop. Block print bedding and otherMore »

First-Quarter Net Up 64 Percent for Flexsteel

First-Quarter Net Up 64 Percent for Flexsteel

DUBUQUE, Iowa–Upholstery and wood-furniture manufacturer Flexsteel Industries logged in a 64 percent increase in net income in its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010, totaling $2.3 million. The stronger bottom line was due to a net sales increase of 15 percent to $87.2 million, including an increase of 16 percent in residential sales. AMore »

J.C. Penney Recognized for Commitment to Equality

J.C. Penney Recognized for Commitment to Equality

PLANO, Texas-J.C. Penney has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2011 Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign earlier this month. The index measures employers on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and consumers. As part of this recognition, J.C. Penney will be featured on HRC’s “BestMore »

NRF Survey Offers Some Holiday Hope

NRF Survey Offers Some Holiday Hope

WASHINGTON—U.S. shoppers won’t only focus on low prices and basic necessities during the upcoming holiday season, according to the findings of the annual Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey from the National Retail Federation. More than three-fifths of the respondents (61.7 percent) said the economy will impact their holiday spending this year, down from 65.3More »