Retail

Consumer Confidence Index Improves in Oct.

Consumer Confidence Index Improves in Oct.

NEW YORK–The Consumer Confidence Index finished this month at 50.2, up from 48.6 in September. The key indicator, which is compiled each month by The Conference Board, rose based on slight increases in its two component indexes, Present Situation and Expectations. The former edged up 0.6 point to 23.9, while the latter gained 2.3 pointsMore »

Sourcela to Open at L.A. Mart

Sourcela to Open at L.A. Mart

LOS ANGELES–The L.A. Mart Design Center will debut Sourcela, a section that will spotlight the southern California region’s artisans, on Nov. 15. Measuring more than 3,000 square feet, Sourcela will present limited-edition and new-to-market home furnishings, objects and art that are intended to show what’s new in California design. Matt Locke, an editor and expertMore »

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 »