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  • Consumer Confidence Ticks Up in May

    Conference BoardThe consumer confidence index, which had slipped back in April, rebounded modestly this month by rising 1.1 points to 95.4, according to The Conference Board, which provides the monthly indicator. A key part of the index’s slight surge was the present situations index, which increased three points to 108.1 after a three-month slide. The expectations index, the other key component indicator, More

  • Former Walmart Exec Joins Crossmark Board

    MacNaughtonDuncanCrossmark, a sales and marketing-services company, has named former Walmart executive Duncan Mac Naughton to its board of directors. Mac Naughton was with Walmart from 2009 until last year. He joined the retailer as chief merchandising officer of Walmart Canada, and in 2010 was named executive vice president of merchandising for Walmart U.S., responsible for consumables, health and wellness, and walmart.com. More

  • Tommy Hilfiger Furniture on the Way

           Tommy Hilfiger has announced a licensing agreement with LF Products, a division of global consumer products sourcing company Li & Fung, to produce its first line of indoor residential furniture. The line will include two collections of case goods, occasional and upholstery, and is set to hit key stores and e-commerce platforms in the U.S. and Latin America this fall. More

  • Gourmet Catalog Expands Ranks

    Gourmet Catalog logoGourmet Catalog & Buying Group recently increased its membership ranks to a record 351 locations nationwide, the housewares buying group said. “Reaching this milestone is a good indication to me that independents embrace the camaraderie and experience that GC membership brings,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group. More

  • Robin Zingone, Creative Converting Sign License Agreement

    ZingoneRobinDesigner Robin Zingone has signed a license agreement with party goods supplier Creative Converting to feature the robinzingone brand on paper party products as well as melamine and plastic tableware in all distribution channels throughout the U.S. and Canada, the designer said. “Creative Converting understands quality and design.  Along with their creative staff, we are confident the product will exceed expectations,” Zingone said. More

  • Gold Leaf Design to Unveil Atlanta Showroom

    GoldLeafproductsGold Leaf Design Group will open a permanent showroom at AmericasMart here in July. The corner showroom is located at Building 1, Room 9A-1 and features the company’s wide range of home decor products, including tableware, vases, sculptures, area rugs, occasional furniture and wall decor. “We’ve been showing in Atlanta since we started,” said company principal Darren DeMatoff. More

  • Longshore Workers Give Big Thumbs Up to New Contract

    West Coast portsWest Coast longshore workers voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative contract agreement reached between their union, the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU), and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Eighty-two percent of the union membership voted in favor of the deal. More

  • Forty One Madison Welcomes Gift Buyers This Summer

    Forty One MadisonGiftware retailers and buyers can head to Forty One Madison Aug. 15-19, where they’ll find many of the category’s top-tier brands exclusively exhibiting in their permanent showrooms. More than 40 companies based at Forty One Madison will welcome visitors who also make the rounds at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center where NY Now is staged. More

  • Sears Canada Cuts Loss in Q1

    Sears Canada logoSears Canada reported a first-quarter net loss of C$59.1 million (about $48.8 million), compared to the net loss in last year’s first quarter of C$75.2 million (about $68.2 million). The retailer was able to stanch some of the red ink thanks primarily to cost reductions. Selling, general and administrative expenses fell 15.9 percent in dollars and 317 basis points as a percentage of sales, to 42.7 percent. More

  • Bankruptcy Court Approves EveryWare Restructuring Plan

    EveryWare Global logoThe U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has confirmed EveryWare Global’s financial restructuring plan, clearing the way from the company’s exit from Chapter 11. EveryWare filed a prepackaged Chapter 11 on April 7. The restructuring plan provides for the cancellation of the company’s existing common stock, and will give cash equal to 6 cents per existing share to the company’s existing stockholders and holders of in-the-money warrants. More

  • Retail Scorecard: Home Comfort Products

    Retail Scorecard logoHoMedics and Stadler Form home-comfort products got the sales treatment at Macy’s last week. The HoMedics Ultrasonic Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier was priced at $99.99 (was $159.99), and the HoMedics Oscillating Ultrasonic Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier was on sale at $119.99, down from $199.99. The HoMedics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Baby Humidifier could be had for a clearance price of $69.99 (was $89.99). More

  • Strong Start for Rugs in New Nebraska Furniture Mart Location

    NebraskaFurnMktlogoNebraska Furniture Mart officially opened its fourth and largest location, in The Colony in the Dallas metropolitan area, earlier this month. It also devotes the largest amount of floor space to the rug category with about 10,000 square feet—slightly larger than the category in its Kansas City location and double the Omaha one, said David Snedeker, division merchandise manager of flooring for Nebraska Furniture Mart. More