Retail

Fisher Appointed Head of Target Canadian Operations

Fisher Appointed Head of Target Canadian Operations

MINNEAPOLIS—Target has named Tony Fisher president of Target Canada, which has been formed following up on the mass merchant’s announcement last week of its deal to acquire the leases of up to 220 Zellers stores from Hudson’s Bay Co. Fisher, previously Target’s vice president of merchandise operations, will build the Target Canada team, establish theMore »

WithIt Names Mary Leigh Howell President

WithIt Names Mary Leigh Howell President

GREENSBORO, N.C.—WithIt, the women’s leadership network for home furnishings professionals, has named Mary Leigh Howell, vice president of Greensboro, N.C.-based RLF Communications, president. “It’s an honor to lead an organization that has meant so much to me on a professional and personal level,” Howell said. “WithIt’s value to its membership and our industry is aMore »

White Named Senior VP of Family Dollar

White Named Senior VP of Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C.—Family Dollar has appointed Paul White senior vice president – apparel, home and seasonal. In his new role, White is responsible for creating offerings of merchandise in these segments to complement the retailer’s growing assortment of consumables. He reports to Dorlisa Flur, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Before joining Family Dollar, WhiteMore »

Massmart Shareholders Approve Walmart Acquisition

Massmart Shareholders Approve Walmart Acquisition

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—The shareholders of Massmart, the South African retail holding company, have voted to approve Walmart’s offer to acquire 51 percent of Massmart’s shares. In a session held yesterday, 97.67 percent of the shareholders voted in favor of the deal, according to a Massmart statement. The statement added that the deal must now beMore »

Retail Sales Grow 7.9 Percent in December

Retail Sales Grow 7.9 Percent in December

WASHINGTON–U.S. retail sales capped a strong holiday season with a 7.9 percent year-over-year increase in December, totaling $380.9 billion on an adjusted basis, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The strong pace, however, did not help retail channels that carry home goods. Sales at furniture and home-furnishings stores advanced just 1.4 percent yearMore »

Williams-Sonoma Holiday Revenues up 10.5 Percent

Williams-Sonoma Holiday Revenues up 10.5 Percent

SAN FRANCISCO–Revenues for the Williams-Sonoma holiday season just ended rose 10.5 percent to $865 million over the same period in 2009. The increase included a same-store sales gain of five percent, the retailer said in a statement. As a result, Williams-Sonoma said it now expects fourth-quarter revenues to total between $1.17 billion and $1.19 billion,More »

Home Depot Names Carmack to Head Canadian Division

Home Depot Names Carmack to Head Canadian Division

ATLANTA–The Home Depot has promoted Aaron Carmack to president of The Home Depot Canada, effective Jan. 31. Currently regional vice president of the home-improvement retailer’s Pacific Northwest region in the United States, Carmack will succeed Annette Verschuren, who is leaving the company after 15 years of service. He will be responsible for Home Depot’s 179More »