Retail

Retail Sales Lackluster in May

Retail Sales Lackluster in May

NEW YORK—Same-store sales for the nation’s major retail chains picked up some—but not much—of the momentum they had lost in April. Leading the pack among the chains tracked by HFN was Costco, whose comparable-store sales rose 5 percent last month year over year, excluding gasoline sales (whose inclusion boosted the increase to 7 percent). TJXMore »

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

NEW YORK–Pantone color experts Lee Eiseman and Brooks Tippett will discuss how color can jump-start sales and improve profitability during HFN’s first-ever Webinar, scheduled for June 16 at noon. HFN Editor-in-Chief Warren Shoulberg will moderate the conversation, which is free to qualified members of the home-furnishings industry. Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,More »

Michael McDonald to Headline Icon Honors Gala

Michael McDonald to Headline Icon Honors Gala

  ATLANTA–Five-time Grammy-winner Michael McDonald will take the spotlight as the headlining performer at the inaugural Icon Honors awards celebration, July 17, in conjunction with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.    McDonald has been a fixture in American pop music for more than three decades with hits such as “I Keep Forgettin’,”More »

Kohl’s Honored for Clean-Air Initiatives

Kohl’s Honored for Clean-Air Initiatives

  MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.–Kohl’s has received the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, for its efforts to promote clean air.   The award recognizes Kohl’s for its use of clean-air technology, its community-action campaign and its transportation efficiency. According to a statement from the retailer, 100 percent of Kohl’s purchasedMore »

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

NEW YORK–Pantone color experts Lee Eiseman and Brooks Tippett will discuss how color can jump-start sales and improve profitability during HFN’s first-ever Webinar, scheduled for June 16 at noon. HFN Editor-in-Chief Warren Shoulberg will moderate the conversation, which is free to qualified members of the home-furnishings industry. Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,More »

Consumer Confidence Picks Up for Third Straight Month

Consumer Confidence Picks Up for Third Straight Month

NEW YORK–The consumer confidence index posted its third consecutive monthly gain in May, up 5.6 points to finish the month at 63.3. As compiled by The Conference Board, the index benefited from increases in both of its major component indexes. The present-situation index tacked on two points to 30.2, and the expectations index improved toMore »

Fox Run Brands Acquires Doughmakers Gourmet Bakeware

Fox Run Brands Acquires Doughmakers Gourmet Bakeware

IVYLAND, Penn.–Fox Run Brands has purchased the assets of Doughmakers Gourmet Bakeware for an undisclosed amount. Based in Terre Haute, Ind., Doughmakers Gourmet Bakeware offers a patented line of heavy-gauge, solid aluminum bakeware with a pebble-textured surface. “The products have been a favorite for home bakers for over a decade not only because of theMore »