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Furniture Industry News Published in 2006

Rowe Furniture Company $30 Million Purchase Deal  - 12/29/2006

Reports of Rowe Furniture Company sale to private investment firm.

Use Behavioral Interviewing To Screen Job Candidates  - 12/29/2006

Behavior-based interviewing focuses on your past experiences, behaviors, attitudes, personal skills and capacities that are job-related.

Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center To Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper Seminar  - 12/29/2006

Award-winning author, broadcaster, cooking teacher and lecturer on food and culture to present lively discussion followed by a book signing

Leggett & Platt Introduces Folding Box Spring  - 12/28/2006

New product takes one third the space to inventory and warehouse.

New VP Sales For Powell Company  - 12/27/2006

David Gingrich, an industry veteran, has been hired as Vice President of Sales for its Mass Channel division.

Candice Olsen To Visit Dallas Market Center Showroom  - 12/27/2006

She will visit the Charles Ray & Associates for a presentation that will touch on her trademark decorating ideas and original design upholstery concepts.

Analysts Reduce Profitability Estimates For Hooker  - 12/22/2006

Forecast anticipates weak sales and pressure on margins going forward.

Avoid Misunderstandings In Family Run Home Furnishings Stores.  - 12/22/2006

People who work together in a family business, or have other close working relationships often say and do things they might never say or do in a traditional 9-5 job.

Benefit Hosted By Illinois ASID Chapter Helps To Support Industry Lobbying Effort  - 12/22/2006

$7,000 raised for the Illinois Interior Design Coalition (IIDC), a not-for-profit legislative political action committee.

King Kong USA To Introduce Acupressure Point Massage Chair At Las Vegas World Market  - 12/22/2006

Unit includes 15 built-in air massage bags for arm, hand, back, seat, calves and feet.

Decorize, Inc. Announces Partnership With National Retailer Stein Mart  - 12/22/2006

Exclusive line of home accessories, lighting, wall decor and accent furniture to be offered in each of Stein Mart's 268 nationwide locations.

Organizers Expect Strong U.S. Presence At Interzum 2007  - 12/22/2006

Leading industry trade show for suppliers of the furniture and interior industries to have over 1,300 exhibitors this May in Cologne.

Sustainable Furniture Council To Hold Next General Meeting at Vegas Market  - 12/22/2006

The SFC is an alliance of companies and individuals committed to the advocacy of sustainable business practices in the home furnishings industry.

Herman Miller, Inc., Reports 22.1% Order Growth and Record Earnings Per Share  - 12/21/2006

The company expects another strong quarter with third quarter fiscal 2007 sales to be in a range of $480 million to $500 million.

WHFA Expands Reach in RRC Las Vegas  - 12/21/2006

The WHFA Retail Resource Center now boasts over 7,000 sq. ft. of space featuring a spacious seminar room, internet café, coffee bar and dining bistro.

Barry Tatelman Leaves Jordan's Furniture  - 12/21/2006

Barry Tatelman of Jordan's Furniture leaves the Boston based home furnishings retailer to pursue other interests.

High Point Market Authority To Produce Official Directory Series  - 12/20/2006

The comprehensive series of Market publications includes three High Point Market Preview Guides, the High Point Market Resource Guide, the High Point Market Pocket Guide and the second edition of the Insiders Guide to Market.

Environmental/ Safety Awards Presented By AHFA  - 12/20/2006

Recipient of the Larry Runyan Environmental Leadership Award was David Stout, corporate environmental manager and safety coordinator at Broyhill Furniture, and Donna Musick, environmental coordinator at Hickory Chair.

La-Z-Boy Gallery Openings  - 12/20/2006

La-Z-Boy announced the reopening of a Harvey, La store damaged by Hurricane Katrina and the opening of a Buford, Ga store.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores of Mundelein Opens New Showroom  - 12/20/2006

Franchise owners Stuart and Robin Lazarus said the new 6,600-square-foot retail store and factory will continue to showcase a wide variety of handcrafted mattresses, futons, day beds and memory foam mattresses.

Bush Industries To Consolodate Some Domestic Operations  - 12/20/2006

Domestic operations to be consolidated in conjuction with the expansion of Bush's supply chains in Asia and Europe.

Michael Geraghty Named Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Fortunoff  - 12/19/2006

Mr. Geraghty most recently was Chairman of Filene's/Kaufman's, a division of The May Department Stores.

Dinettes and More, LLC Takes a Larger Furniture Showroom & Warehouse  - 12/19/2006

North Carolina retailer expands sales through sharp pricing and growing online sales.

Harden Furniture Sponsors U.S. Biathlon Olympian  - 12/19/2006

New York furniture manufacturer backs fellow upstater on the trail to Biathlon World Cup.

World Furniture 2007 Report Provides Information On Top 200 European Companies  - 12/19/2006

Report provides an overview of the world furniture industry with basic data (production, consumption, imports, exports) and scenario 2006/2007 for 60 furniture markets.

Industry Veteran David Giles to Retire from the Powell Company  - 12/19/2006

David Giles Sr. Vice President Mass Merchant Sales is retiring at the end of January, 2007.

La-Z-Boy Retailers Find Faster Ways to Load Using Demountable Truck Bodies  - 12/19/2006

Delivery contractor, Home Furnishing Service, of Elmer NJ, is using the Demountable Truck Body System for multiple La-Z-Boy stores in DE, NJ, PA, NY, CT, MA, and VA.

Interlude HomeTo Introduce coordinated Seating Line In Las Vegas  - 12/18/2006

Interlude Home will now offer customers total lifestyle solutions from a single vendor.

Alliance Rental Centers Joins Aaron Rents, Inc.  - 12/18/2006

Operator of ten stores throughout north Texas, will convert seven of them to franchised Aaron Rents stores.

Levitz Furniture Opens New Headquarters in Downtown Manhattan  - 12/18/2006

Levitz has leased approximately 30,000 square feet of the Woolworth Building, located at 233 Broadway between Barclay Street and Park Place in downtown Manhattan.

Furniture Charity Launches “Comfort and Joy” Holiday Drive  - 12/15/2006

Furniture banks are non-profit organizations which collect gently used furniture from the general public and the home furnishings industry, then donates it to children and families in need. The goal of the week-long drive is to obtain 25 new sponsors before the end of the year.

LacquerCraft – Universal and Legacy Classic Furniture Announce Management Changes  - 12/15/2006

Richard Mihalik, Loren Morse and Jerry Word will take on new management responsibilities to enhance operational efficiency company wide.

Calgary Hosts Connections West 2007 - Initiative To Meet Challenges of Global Competition  - 12/15/2006

Members of the home furnishings industry will come together in June, 2007 to network, build strong relationships, and exchange crucial, technical and marketing information.

Twin-Star International To Launch Upscale Electric Fireplace Line At Canadian Market  - 12/15/2006

Company to showcase nineteen models from their premium ClassicFlame™ collection.

Are You Inventory Rich And Cash Poor?  - 12/14/2006

Increasing furniture inventory turns and velocity is critical to business profitability and survival. Reducing inventory and preventing buildup of unnecessary inventory is not a quick fix.

Culp Announces Revised U.S. Upholstery Fabrics Manufacturing Strategy  - 12/14/2006

Company to close two North Carolina facilities. Most of the production will be consolidated in other US and Chinese plants.

Stanley Furniture Announces Plans to Reduce Workforce at its Robbinsville, N.C. Facility  - 12/13/2006

Lower sales at Stanley result in efforts to balance production and staffing levels by about 200 associates.

ASID Presents Research On Sustainable Interior Design  - 12/13/2006

Topics include: “Beyond Interior Design,” “Indoor Air Quality,” “Materials and Products,” “Selling Green” and a “Reference Guide.”

Zocalo Opens In-Store Gallery At Schneiderman's  - 12/13/2006

The 4,000 sq. ft. gallery officially opened on November 1, 2006.

imm cologne Show Improves Visitor Transportation  - 12/13/2006

The new Entrance South is in the centre of the design axis where radical young artists will be presenting their visions of furniture and interior design.

Star Architects & Prominent Art Personalities At imm cologne  - 12/13/2006

Star architects and prominent personalities from the world of art and culture to take part in interdisciplinary exchange during the January furniture show.

Kreiss Showroom Opens Exclusively To The Trade At WMC, Las Vegas  - 12/13/2006

Mike Kreiss, President of Kreiss, will be co-hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony in the new showroom on January 29 with tennis pros/Las Vegas residents Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf.

Home Decorating Trends in 2007 Will Be 'A La Carte,' Says Furniture.com Design Consultant  - 12/12/2006

Comments on wood finishes, colors and furniture lifestyle attitudes.

Rosalie Rowe Joins AWFS As VP Operations  - 12/12/2006

AWFS has an international membership that includes manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, upholstery, materials, bedding and other supplies.

Improve Your Furniture Buying Process in 2007  - 12/12/2006

Plan to improve your merchandise mix and improve your furniture buying process in 2007.

Mark Cooper Joins Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate  - 12/12/2006

Mark Cooper is a retail veteran with experience at Ethan Allen, Thomasville and Bassett.

High Point University Academic Scholarships Honor Top Furniture Industry Designer  - 12/11/2006

Tom Keller was a creative genius in furniture design and one of the most innovative designers of the past 50 years.

Jennifer Convertibles Regains Compliance With Amex Listing Requirements  - 12/11/2006

There are 172 Jennifer Convertibles stores. Jennifer Leather is the largest specialty retailer of leather furniture with 16 Jennifer Leather stores.

FurnishNet Breaks One Million Mark in Purchases for 2006  - 12/11/2006

Record year shows marked growth of electronic supply chain integration among trading partners in the home furnishings industry.

Culp Reports Higher Net Income on Lower Net Sales  - 12/11/2006

Culp forecasts surplus inventories throughout the furniture retail and manufacturing supply chain, as an increasing amount of products are sourced from Asia with much longer lead times.

Buyers Market of American Craft Celebrates 25th Anniversary  - 12/11/2006

the semiannual Buyers Market presents the work of 1,500 American craft artists in a number of areas including furniture.

World Market Center Team Members Earn Prestigious CEM Designations  - 12/8/2006

CEM certifications are awarded by the Dallas-based International Association for Exhibitions & Events after candidates complete extensive coursework and testing.

Furniture Brands Expects Fourth Quarter Sales Decline  - 12/8/2006

Net sales expected to down in the mid-single digits versus the year ago period due to the "promotional and highly competitive environment."

Pleasant Hill, CA La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Store Re-Opens  - 12/8/2006

Renovated store features the design-focused format of the company’s “new generation” stores.

Pat Martin To Retire From ISPA & SPSc  - 12/8/2006

Industry veteran made many significant contributions to the bedding industry through her work at The Sleep Products Association and The Sleep Products Safety Council.

Emma Gardner Rug Receives Best of Year Award  - 12/7/2006

The award honored Joy, a rug introduced at the 2006 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, by naming it best Floor Covering, Soft – Rug.

Tropitone Reports Record Sales in Fiscal 2006  - 12/7/2006

Success driven by a trend toward an increased consumer focus on entertaining outdoors.

Joseph D. Harris Named Director of Business Development – Residential Furnishings at Leggett  - 12/7/2006

Mr. Harris joins four other individuals at Leggett & Platt who will be responsible for business development and expansion through internal expansion and external acquisitions.

Decorize, Inc., Partners With Broyhill To Design & Source New Line  - 12/7/2006

Line of home accessories, lighting, wall decor and accent furniture to be branded under the Broyhill name.

World Market Center Breaks Ground on New Parking Garage  - 12/7/2006

The garage is expected to be completed in June of 2008 with the first phase accommodating 3,600 vehicles.

High Point Market Authority Launches Research Project  - 12/6/2006

Study will identify factors to enhance the value of attending the Market, and define buyers’ habits, interests, and purchase plans.

B. Smith and Clayton Marcus Announce Groundbreaking Deal  - 12/6/2006

Ms. Smith is recognized as an American style icon across vast consumer segments.

Haverty Furniture Reports 1% November Sales Increase  - 12/5/2006

November sales bounced back after an unusually weak October.

Boyles Distinctive Furniture Joins with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to Aid Raleigh Family  - 12/5/2006

Boyles also joined with "The Dr. Phil Show" and DIY Network's "DIY to the Rescue" to design and furnish interiors for three families whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Broyhill Furniture To Close Last Domestic Case Goods Plant  - 12/5/2006

The 628,000 square foot facility employs approximately 390 people.

Genesis Software Introduces "The Manager's Dashboard"  - 12/5/2006

New feature assembles key information for managing a retail furniture store onto a single screen.

Jeff Stone Joins Legacy Classic Furniture As VP Merchandising  - 12/5/2006

Mr. Stone will have product development and merchandising responsibility for the fast-growing Legacy Kids division as well as Legacy’s Casual Dining program.

aspenhome™ Announces Second Annual Retailers’ Choice Awards Nominees  - 12/5/2006

Five retailers who cast their ballots, will win unique “Thoughtfully Designed” products.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Send Gifts To Walter Reed Army Medical Center  - 12/5/2006

Green Bay stores organize holiday gift drive to cheer up veterans.

Schnadig Showroom Set for World Market Center’s Building B  - 12/4/2006

Schnadig Corporation leased 5,500 square feet on the 11th floor of World Market Center’s Building B.

Conlin's Furniture Announces Plans For Growth Into New Markets  - 12/4/2006

Company will close their Rapid City store and has a strategic plan to become larger and more efficient by growing into northern markets.

America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards Issues Call for Entries  - 12/4/2006

All rugs presented as candidates for the renowned Architectural Digest-sponsored Awards will be featured in MOI: The Museum of Introductions.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - December 2006  - 12/4/2006

Shipments in September 2006 were 3 percent lower than September 2005 but were up 10 percent over August.

Pulaski Names George VP of Marketing, Recognizes Kelly as VP of Product Development  - 12/1/2006

"Their expertise and commitment allows us to take advantage of our management strengths, becoming a one-stop resource and preferred provider for our retail customers,” said Don Mitchell, Pulaski President.

Home Meridian International Names Jim Kelly President of Solutions  - 12/1/2006

The new company will develop, source and supply product to growing segments in the furniture industry.

AHFA Launches Enhanced Consumer Website  - 12/1/2006

Among the new features at findyourfurniture.com are a room planner and an expanded furniture locator that helps consumers shop for both indoor and outdoor furniture.

Kincaid Furniture Honors John Beckman With Leo Kahn Award  - 12/1/2006

The prestigious award is named for a Kincaid sales legend – Leo Kahn.

G. Romano Celebrates 45 "Hip" Years In Business  - 12/1/2006

G.Romano is still family owned and now headed by the second generation husband and wife team of Natalina Romano and Rick Lovegrove.

Parker Furniture Installs New Harden Home Studio  - 12/1/2006

Parker plans to launch The Harden Home Studio official opening with a Grand Opening Event on December 9, 2006.

Furniture Buying Index Up 2 Points To 78  - 12/1/2006

The Furniture Buying Index increases two points this month to a reading of 78. The Index is being impacted by the upcoming holidays.

TCHFM, The Canadian Furniture Market, Releases Show Information  - 11/30/2006

Information on exhibitors and special events at the January 13-16 Toronto show.

Select Comfort Announces Slower Fourth Quarter Sales  - 11/30/2006

Company plans new first quarter advertising programs, accelerated product innovation in beds and accessories, continued quality and cost initiatives, and implementation of a fully integrated SAP ERP solution.

Visa USA Reports Favorable Consumer Spending On Home Furnishings During the Thanksgiving Weekend  - 11/30/2006

Strong employment, consumers cashing out home equity, and discounts, boosted spending at furniture and home furnishings stores.

Experienced IKEA Manager To Lead Utah Store  - 11/30/2006

Paul Janzen will manage the 310,000 sq. ft. Draper, UT store that will be the Swedish company’s first in the Mountain West and 30th in the U.S.

American Furniture Warehouse Announces Grand Opening of 530,000-Sq. Ft. Super Center  - 11/29/2006

Jake Jabs, AFW’s President & CEO, will present Project C.U.R.E. with a check for $1 Million at the opening celebration.

Ethan Allen Turns to IBM’s Premier “All in One” System i  - 11/29/2006

STORIS Management Systems says that the new computing platform will simplify Ethan Allen's IT environment while improving its ability to quickly and more efficiently serve customer needs.

Three New Leasing Executives Join World Market Center  - 11/29/2006

John Harrison and Sheri Makransky have joined World Market Center as Leasing Managers and Kathy Kroger has joined the Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center as a Leasing Manager.

GMC Commercial Vans Rated Best In Class For Fuel Economy  - 11/29/2006

Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana are listed best in class for fuel economy, according to EPA data.

Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate Named Key Consultant For 800,000 Sq. Ft. Home Furnishings Center  - 11/28/2006

Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate, Inc., will market and negotiate all retail factory programs for the new 800,000 square foot Gilbert Esplanade Home Furnishings Center in Gilbert, Arizona.

Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Sponsors Design Awards Event  - 11/28/2006

Sponsorship helps get the word out that Las Vegas Design Center is an outstanding resource for the design industry and a viable place to do business.

SF Mart Announces Revised Show Dates  - 11/28/2006

Home furnishing and gift shows overlap to maximize cross-merchandising opportunities.

JLA Home Enters Into Licensing Arrangement With Candice Olson  - 11/28/2006

JLA Home will develop, produce, market and sell home textiles under the “Candice Olson” brand.

Greg Roy Promoted to Executive VP of Sales & Marketing at Lane  - 11/28/2006

Mr. Roy began his career at Lane in 1988 as a sales trainee and has worked in a number of sales and marketing positions within the Lane organization.

Celia Moh Scholars Introduced to High Point Market  - 11/22/2006

The Celia Moh scholarship was established by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh and provides full tuition scholarships for exceptional college students whose academic endeavors would lead to careers in the home furnishings industry.

New Book Explains Why People Buy  - 11/22/2006

The new book is titled, Shopping: Why We Love It and How Retailers Can Create the Ultimate Customer Experience by consumer insights.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports 1.6% Comparable Store Sales Increase  - 11/21/2006

For the fiscal year 2006, revenue from continuing operations increased 15.8% to $140.4 million.

Denver Mattress Company Launches Drive To Help Salvation Army  - 11/21/2006

"Operation: Rest Assured" will raise approximately $150,000 for the Colorado chapter of the Salvation Army.

DUX of Sweden Introduces Mattress with Individual Lumbar Support  - 11/21/2006

The DUX 8888 has a unique mechanical system, controlled by a crank, which adjusts the level of support targeting the lumbar vertebrae.

Holiday Shopping Survey Says TV Room Will Be Hotter Than Bedroom  - 11/21/2006

New survey by the Unfinished Furniture Association says that consumers will concentrate on furnishing public areas this season.

Dorel Announces New Ameriwood President  - 11/21/2006

Former Ameriwood Industries President, Rick Jackson, will replace Greg Carlson who has left the organization for personal reasons.

Mark David/American of Martinsville Join Forces as Sister Companies  - 11/21/2006

Both companies, which manufacture furniture for the hospitality industry, will continue to operate independently and under their own respective current management.

Chromcraft Revington Appoints New Senior Vice President  - 11/20/2006

Prior to joining Chromcraft Revington, Dennis Valkanoff was Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales at Berkline BenchCraft, LLC.

American Home Furnishings Alliance Elects 2007 Officers  - 11/20/2006

Hooker’s Paul Toms to serve as 2007 Chairman.

Carls Design Studio Hires Marketing Directors  - 11/20/2006

Mora Newman and Lissie Rosenblum have joined the Top -100 furniture retailer as Directors of Marketing for Carls Design Studio.

ISPA’s 91st Annual Conference, Attracts Over 300 Participants  - 11/17/2006

Conference participants heard expert speakers discuss how to stay competitive, understand important business trends, reduce overall operating costs, and broaden international markets for mattress sales.

Marketing Experts Launch Home Decor Trends Tracking Service  - 11/17/2006

200+-page report and forecast of the home furnishings market from 2000 through 2008, will include tracking product forms, materials, styles, patterns, colors and prices.

University Loft Donates To Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  - 11/17/2006

Donation will help patients and families with vital treatment and other CF resources.

Natuzzi Announces Third Quarter Operating Loss  - 11/16/2006

The Company reports an operating loss of $1.4 million on a 7.7% increase in sales.

WHFA Endorses New Retail Furniture Insurance Program  - 11/16/2006

Highlights of the Retail Furniture Store Insurance Program include property coverage with optional deductible levels and Business Income coverage valued at Actual Loss Sustained.

Grand Opening of New IKEA Store Near Austin, TX  - 11/16/2006

29th IKEA store in the U.S. employs 300 coworkers, and features 10,000 exclusively designed home furnishings items, a 300-seat IKEA Restaurant, a supervised children’s play area and 1,200 parking spaces.

Martha Stewart Area Rugs For Safavieh® Introduction At Atlanta International Area Rug Market  - 11/16/2006

Martha Stewart is expected to attend the presentation and the reception. Joining Ms. Stewart will be Arash Yaraghi of Safavieh.

Powell Adds Online Retail Selling To PowellPro.net  - 11/16/2006

The system allows dealers online access to their open orders, inventory availability, plus order and shipment confirmations.

Weiman Furniture Launches Updated Website  - 11/16/2006

Rejuvenated website is designed to be used by both consumers and retailers.

Candice Olson to Present Design Seminar at the January 2007 Las Vegas Market  - 11/15/2006

“Candice Olson on Design,” will take place on Tuesday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Cashman Center Theater.

Simmons Bedding Company Completes Acquisition of Simmons Canada  - 11/15/2006

Simmons Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Terry Pace has retired after 20 years of service.

Clear Thinking Group Predicts Rise In Holiday Sales  - 11/15/2006

Predicts that overall sales will be good but home improvement products, home furnishings, high-end electronics, sporting goods and toys should see weakness.

Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. Names Julie Messner Director of Leasing in High Point, NC  - 11/14/2006

Messner will be responsible for the day-to-day leasing of temporary exhibit space for the Suites at Market Square and Plaza Suites.

La-Z-Boy Reports Net Sales Increase For Quarter  - 11/14/2006

Company improves wholesale margins on essentially flat volume during a difficult period.

Ramey Joins O'Sullivan as Senior Marketing Executive  - 11/13/2006

Gary W. Ramey joins O'Sullivan as the Senior VP of Marketing, bringing over 20 years of marketing and category management expertise to the business.

Chromecraft Revington, Inc., Announces New Senior VP Appointment  - 11/13/2006

In this newly created role, Mr. Corbin will provide overall leadership to marketing and category management for the Company’s businesses.

Double-Digit Growth in Volume Drives Record Sales For Simmons Bedding  - 11/13/2006

Despite some softening in retail home furnishing sales the company remains optimistic, especially for their new Beautyrest Black™ luxury bedding line.

La-Z-Boy Appoints Director Of Furniture Galleries Marketing  - 11/13/2006

Donna Smith will lead the strategic development and continuous improvement of the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® marketing program.

Britt Beemer Predicts Retail Sales Rise Of 3.1% this Christmas  - 11/13/2006

Retailers promoting big ticket items during their early-bird specials should be packed this year, because 65.1% of consumers say they will buy at early-bird specials compared to 46.8% last year.

American Craft Wholesale Show To Showcase New Children's Lines  - 11/13/2006

The American Craft Wholesale Show will be held Feb. 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

WHFA Announces 2007 Conference  - 11/10/2006

Annual Conference and Trade Show to be held May 6-8, 2007 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort near Palm Springs, CA.

Greg Harden Appointed To NY State Environmental Board  - 11/10/2006

President and CEO, Harden Furniture appointed to board responsible for making environmental policy in New York State

Mark Roberts To Open New Showroom at World Market Center  - 11/9/2006

Home accents showroom in Building A at World Market Center will open in time for the Winter 2007 Las Vegas Market.

Escalate Retail Announces New Senior Vice President  - 11/9/2006

Spence Mallder was formerly Lead Partner in the Retail Application Innovation Services (AIS) group within IBM Global Business Services.

Winner of DesignLinx High Point Drawing Announced  - 11/8/2006

Neff’s business card was drawn from thousands collected at Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library book sales locations during the recent High Point Market.

Groovystuff Moves To Larger Facility  - 11/8/2006

The 42,000ft/sq facility will better accomodate demand for the line of collectible rustic teakwood furnishings.

English Named Bob's Discount Furniture's CEO  - 11/7/2006

Ted English, former president and CEO of The TJX Companies Inc., has joined the company as its chief executive officer.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports 13.4% Sales Decrease  - 11/7/2006

As company undergoes restructuring, their net loss for the third quarter of 2006 was $4,457,000, or $1.01 loss per share.

Christmas Gift Spending Expected to Rise 9.1 Percent Over Last Year  - 11/7/2006

Survey of gift givers points to positive mood in gift shoppers. Gift certificates will be especially strong this year.

ClassicFlame™ To Introduce 12 Fireplace Models In Las Vegas  - 11/7/2006

Introductions will incorporate well-crafted “fine-furniture” quality and state-of-the-art technology.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - November 2006  - 11/6/2006

Year-to-date, new orders are now down 1 percent compared to the first eight months of last year.

Brett Davis Promoted To Sales Manager of Interactive Health's Furniture Division  - 11/6/2006

Brett Davis will be responsible for working closely with key retailers to grow the Human Touch® and iJoy® presence on their sales floors.

Haverty Furniture Reports Comparable Store Sales Increase of 8.2%  - 11/3/2006

Third quarter results reflect strong sales and gross profit relative to last year.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Franchises Ten Rent City Stores  - 11/3/2006

Briley Investments has also entered into an area development agreement to open five additional franchised Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership stores.

WithIt Holds Biannual Mentoring Day In High Point  - 11/3/2006

The event was attended by students and faculty from universities with top design and furniture marketing programs.

Furniture Buying Index Holds Steady For November  - 11/3/2006

Steady index means steady retail furniture store traffic for the month of November.

Jennifer Convertibles to Open Three Ashley Furniture HomeStores in New York  - 11/1/2006

These Ashley licensed HomeStores, will be approximately ten times the size of a typical Jennifer Convertibles store.

Denver Mattress Company Campaign Supports Rescue Missions  - 11/1/2006

Denver Mattress Company will launch an in-store campaign designed to raise funds specifically for the Missions in cities where the retailer operates.

Renovated La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Spokane, WA  - 11/1/2006

The store renovation features the design-focused format of the company’s “new generation” stores.

Luxury Consumer Confidence Recovers at End of Third Quarter  - 11/1/2006

Luxury Consumption Index rises to 103.3 points, up 4.1 points, but spending doesn't match growing confidence.

Art Van Furniture Offers Exclusive Discount for AAA Michigan Members  - 11/1/2006

AAA members in Michigan can now save 10 percent on Art Van sale and non-sale merchandise* when they show their membership card.

MicroD Launches ePreVue-5  - 11/1/2006

eP-5 can be easily modified to blend seamlessly within furniture retailers’ and manufacturers’ existing websites. Retailers can also customize eP-5 to display only the products they sell.

Hermle Clock Offers "History Of Time" Video Online  - 11/1/2006

Video shows how hand-made wooden clocks were produced, vs. state-of-the-art production methods.

High Point Market Releases Badge Count For Fall Show  - 11/1/2006

The High Point Market’s upgraded central registration system issued 84,976 badges for Fall Market 2006.

Buyer Wins $1,000 Cash Prize at IHFC Accessory Promotion  - 11/1/2006

Four major prizes and 40 iPods were given away during the Fall show to create excitement on IHFC’s accessory floors.

Nickelodeon Stars From "Fairly Odd Parents" To Make Appearance At Bob’s Discount Furniture  - 11/1/2006

Every child that visits the new Bob’s Discount Furniture on Saturday at the new Warwick, RI store will receive an entry card and a chance to win the "Special Wish of the Day”.

Five Top Tips for Increasing Your Sales This Christmas  - 11/1/2006

Five proven methods for increasing sales - and saving your sanity, this holiday season.

Merchandise Mart Properties Names Mark Wetzel Senior Vice President of Finance  - 10/31/2006

Wetzel has a long history in real estate finance having served most recently as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer for Equity Residential.

American Furniture Warehouse's Jake Jabs Honored By Easter Seals  - 10/30/2006

CEO of Colorado's largest furniture retailer, American Furniture Warehouse, has received the prestigious Easter Seals 2006 Philanthropist of the Year Award.

Interlude Home Names New VP Merchandising  - 10/30/2006

Jim Calhoun will be responsible for developing products for both existing and new categories, as well as determining the strategies for line expansion.

MIFF 2007 To Present Designer's Choice Awards  - 10/30/2006

This contest is open to furniture manufacturers based in Malaysia, as well as individual professionals and students from the Art & Design Institutes.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results; Net Earnings Up 97%  - 10/27/2006

For the first nine months of 2006 the Company opened 38 new Company- operated stores and 42 new franchised stores, four RIMCO stores, acquired 22 franchised stores and acquired seven stores from independent rental operators.

The Best Leaders Know How to Serve and Direct their Employees Best  - 10/27/2006

An approach to leadership that creates relationships – the deep and abiding bonds that sustain the efforts of a company.

Furniture Brands International Reports Third Quarter Sales and Earnings  - 10/26/2006

Net sales for the third quarter increased 2% while net earnings dropped from $9.8 million to $5.8 million.

World Market Center Rolls Out Big Plans for Floor Coverings  - 10/25/2006

Rug companies reveal plans for expansions and new showrooms at the Las Vegas Market.

IKEA Plans Northwestern Distribution Center  - 10/25/2006

With initial operations slated to begin in Fall 2007, the 1 million square-foot Distribution Center will serve IKEA home furnishings stores in Northwest & beyond.

WithIt Announces 2007 Educational Conference Dates  - 10/25/2006

Next year’s annual educational conference, “Mining Opportunities,” will take place August 7 – 9, in Charlotte, NC.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Donates Flashlights to the Whelan School  - 10/25/2006

Flashlights to be given out to each student at the end of National Safety Week to use when they go out trick or treating on Halloween.

Mattress Firm Names New Operations Manager  - 10/24/2006

Michael Wentworth has been promoted to the position of operations manager for the Kansas City region.

Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Adds Four To Board  - 10/24/2006

Resource for furniture manufacturers, furniture designers, interior designers and students, the Library was founded by FURNITURE WORLD Magazine and it's publisher Nathan "Sandy" Bienenstock, publisher.

New Image, New Consumer Website For Futon Association  - 10/24/2006

New website will help the consumers find a retailer and help them to make an educated buying decision.

Mark Dentale Joins Boyd Specialty Sleep  - 10/24/2006

Dentale's responsibilities include comprehensive sales management of the Northeast.

Select Comfort Reports 25 Percent Earnings Per Share Increase  - 10/24/2006

18 percent revenue growth was led by 17 percent growth in company-owned retail stores.

Award Winners To Show At International Furniture Fair Singapore 2007  - 10/24/2006

Show organizers say that their participation at IFFS/AFS 2007 further consolidates the show’s reputation as a premier furniture trade event.

Weiman Names New Territory Representatives  - 10/23/2006

Harvey and Cindy Josin, Denise Ogurkis, Courtney Savage, Missy Spaugh and Brad Campbell are the new representatives for Weiman Furniture.

WorldStreet To Develop Huge Factory Direct Home Furnishings Shopping Destinations  - 10/23/2006

Developer says that WorldStreet's destination retail-resort style developments across the US will revolutionize and redefine retail, wholesale and factory direct selling as we know it today.

World Market Center Donates Furniture To Las Vegas Based Charities  - 10/23/2006

World Market Center is donating approximately 800 pieces of merchandise with a retail value in excess of $250,000.

Furniture Store Celebrates Anniversary With Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser  - 10/23/2006

Porto, a home furnishings store in Raleigh, is presenting a unique event that will culminate in a gala auction benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

Ethan Allen Reports First Quarter Sales & Earnings  - 10/23/2006

Net delivered sales for the Company’s retail division increased 4.8%, while wholesale sales decreased 12.8% to $155.6 million during that same period.

Levitz Furniture to Relocate Headquarters to Downtown Manhattan  - 10/23/2006

The Company will move its current corporate office in Woodbury, N.Y. into the entire 23rd floor of the Woolworth Building.

10 Tips on Making Change Happen in the Workplace.  - 10/23/2006

Here are ways that you can make successful changes that put efficiency and comfort back into strained work relationships.

Noted Furniture Designer O.B. Solie, ASFD, Passes  - 10/23/2006

Recipient of many design awards, prolific furniture designer O.B. Solie passes after 80 years.

Tempur-Pedic Reports 17% Sales Increase For Third Quarter  - 10/20/2006

Domestic retail sales increased 31% and international retail sales increased 12%. Sales in the U.S. furniture and bedding retail channel were especially strong, with an increase of 43%.

Flexsteel Announces First Quarter Residential Net Sales Down 2.2%  - 10/20/2006

Retail furniture stores, the primary driver of demand for their residential seating products, have faced a challenging business environment for the last eighteen months.

Storehouse, Inc. has retained Keen Realty, LLC, To Auction 68 Retail Leases  - 10/20/2006

Storehouse, the national furniture retailer that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, operates 68 retail sites throughout the country.

Kingsdown CEO Added To Duke Children's Hospital Board Of Advisors  - 10/19/2006

Hinshaw has led Kingsdown to raise more than $1 million for children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada.

ASID Appoints Council to Examine Design Issues for an Aging America  - 10/19/2006

The American Society of Interior Designers has established a volunteer council of noted experts to look at how design solutions can enhance and support residents throughout the life span.

American Lighting & Furniture Group Names Ira Osman VP Sales and Marketing  - 10/18/2006

Mr. Osman will manage the sales and marketing for the American Lighting, KingKongUSA, ComfortechUSA, and RTA Furniture of America divisions.

Three New Members Inducted Into American Furniture Hall of Fame  - 10/17/2006

Bobby W. Bush, Sr., Charles T. Knabusch, and Ronald G. Wanek were inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame at the AFHF's 18th Annual Banquet Gala in High Point, NC.

ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards  - 10/17/2006

Jim DiPersia, ASFD president presided over a gala reception culminating in the presentation of the The 2006 Pinnacle Awards in various furniture and accessory categories.

W.S. Badcock Board of Directors Announces New Vice Presidents  - 10/17/2006

Lori Walsh and Mark Chase have been promoted to VP positions with the W.S. Badcock organization.

New Interior Design Technology Lets Customer See 'Whole Picture'  - 10/17/2006

New online interior design tool will soon be available to furniture industry professionals, including interior designers, retailers and decorators on a monthly subscription basis.

Stanley Reports Third Quarter Sales Decline  - 10/16/2006

Third quarter sales and earnings were below the record levels from the year-ago quarter. Net sales of $75.9 million declined 11.3% and earnings per share of $.26 decreased 40.9% from the third quarter of last year.

Kane's Furniture Announces Next Day Delivery Service  - 10/16/2006

Next Day Delivery will now be available at Kane’s Furniture stores in Charlotte, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties in Florida.

GE Consumer Finance’s Retail Sales Finance Announces Name Change  - 10/16/2006

New markets, new products and a new focus have translated into a new name for one of GE Money’s fastest growing business units.

Casey Is Upbeat As High Point Market Begins  - 10/15/2006

Market Authority chief cites improvement in consumer confidence and an up-tick in furniture sales last month as big positive factors that will influence the mood of buyers in High Point this week.

Bedmart Wins “Best Place to Work” At Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Awards  - 10/14/2006

The company has 23 locations in Arizona with three new locations in the Phoenix area scheduled to open.

Global Furniture USA, Inc. Introduces New Program Offering Extended Inventory Terms  - 10/14/2006

The new financial programs from GE Capital Solutions greatly extend repayment terms on inventory.

Brown Street Introduces Personalized Bedroom Collection  - 10/13/2006

Domestic manufacturer to offer quick ship program on solid wood group.

Mr. Andrew Ng Appointed President Of Singapore Furniture Industries Council  - 10/13/2006

Mr. Ng will lead the executive committee members of the SFIC in shaping the future of the Singapore furniture industry.

New River Becomes Exclusive Distributor Of Homemaker Rugs  - 10/13/2006

The popular, braided outdoor rugs come in a variety of vibrant and neutral colors.

WithIt “It’s a Material World” High Point Seminar - New Location  - 10/12/2006

Previously scheduled to be held at Market on Green building, the new venue will be Whitewood Furniture Industries located at 215 South Main Street in High Point.

Excelsior Designs Partners in IHFC® Renovation  - 10/12/2006

The multi-million dollar construction project includes the complete transformation of the interior and exterior of the Commerce Street entrance.

Free Minor Medical Care at High Point Market  - 10/12/2006

Care will again be provided from the Hospital's HOPE Unit, which will be parked behind the Radisson Hotel.

World Concepts To Offer GE Capital Solutions’ Program  - 10/12/2006

Importer will now offer retailers financial programs from GE Capital Solutions that greatly extend repayment terms on inventory.

Market Authority President Announces Special Rates for High Point Market  - 10/12/2006

The Market Authority has been able to secure sub-blocks of rooms at discounted rates available until January 31st, 2007.

Patios Plus Honored with Prestigious Apollo Award  - 10/12/2006

Retailer of casual furnishings and accessories, was honored with a prestigious Apollo Award, presented by the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association.

IKEA To Build Manufacturing Facility In Virginia  - 10/12/2006

The 810,000 square-foot future Swedwood factory will produce a variety of wood-based IKEA products.

Luthy of Suburban Furniture To Receive Liveright Award  - 10/12/2006

New Jersey awards banquet will also honor Levine Jacobs & Company, Union City Mirror and Table, representative Herb Stein and Flemington Department Store.

Barclay Butera Home High Point Introductions  - 10/12/2006

Lifestyle designer Barclay Butera has just entered into an exclusive agreement with the prestigious Kravet Collections.

La-Z-Boy Comments On Business Outlook  - 10/12/2006

Reduction in earnings guidance is primarily due to lower-than-expected sales volume, impacting their wholesale upholstery and casegoods businesses as well as company-owned retail stores.

New Service Allows Retailers To Outsource In-House Credit  - 10/11/2006

The new outsourcing service from American Software allows smaller businesses to enjoy the benefits of financing their own customers without the customary expense and hassle.

35th Canadian Home Furnishings Market - Show Trends & Events  - 10/11/2006

This year’s show in Toronto will feature 700,000 square feet of great products from nearly 400 exhibitors.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman -October 2006  - 10/11/2006

Forecast indicates furniture shipments should finish off 2006 at about the same level as 2005 and that 2007 may be down a fraction of a percent.

Free Tele-Seminar Scheduled: Traffic Boosting Secrets  - 10/11/2006

October 26th tele-seminar will cover how a furniture retailer can use the simple and easy secrets of direct response marketing to boost traffic.

University Loft Receives New "Graduate Series" Trademark  - 10/11/2006

The "Graduate Series" trademark was granted for bedroom furniture including, beds, bed frames, desks, night stands, bookcases and dressers.

Futon Association International Sells Out Their Show At WMC  - 10/10/2006

All of FAI's space has been leased for their annual “show-within-a-show” at WMC’s Las Vegas Market.

How to Select the Right Dining Table  - 10/10/2006

Tips for helping your customers pick out dining room furniture that will meet their needs.

Chromecraft Announces Warrenton, NC Plant Closure  - 10/10/2006

Chromecraft continues to cut fixed costs, consolidate operations and improve global supply chain utilization.

IHFC's Tom Lindh Speaks About High Point Market's Challenges  - 10/10/2006

Says that the biggest challenge facing the High Point Market isn’t the Las Vegas World Market Center or changing economics.

High Point University Students Compete To Create Plan For Designer Resource Center  - 10/9/2006

The winning team will be awarded tuition grants and be asked to supervise the implementation of their design, which will be showcased at the following market in October.

Isuzu announces Pricing for new N-Series Delivery Trucks  - 10/9/2006

Announcement addresses retailers' concerns about equipment and regeneration technology used to meet the upcoming, government-mandated emissions standards.

MMPI Announces 11 New And 10 Expanded High Point Showrooms  - 10/6/2006

These will debut during the upcoming High Point Market, Oct. 16-22, 2006.

World Market Center (Las Vegas) Announces New Marketing Campaign  - 10/6/2006

The campaign theme, “Not Just Market, Las Vegas Market,” will be featured in print, direct mail and other targeted communications vehicles.

High Point's Commerce Wing Lobby Gets Elegant Upgrade  - 10/6/2006

New amenities include an upgraded Commerce Café, and wireless computer stations.

WithIt To Present Market Report and Trends Forecast In High Point  - 10/6/2006

Moderator Kathy Wall, president, The Media Matters, Inc., and 2006 president of WithIt, will lead a group of panelists who will discuss notable trends.

Joyce Dinehart Joins Norwalk Furniture's Leadership Team  - 10/6/2006

Dinehart will serve as director of global sourcing, purchasing and logistics.

Michael Pitman named new CEO of Durham Furniture  - 10/6/2006

Most recently, he served as Vice President/Division Sales for Schnadig Corporation. He has also held senior sales and marketing positions with Lexington Home Brands.

Canadian Home Furnishings Awards To Sponsor National Sale  - 10/6/2006

The OFMA is putting together a complete advertising sales kit that will be made available to retailers once the winners are announced at the 2007 edition of the Canadian Home Furnishings Market.

Harden Furniture Hosts Customer Day  - 10/6/2006

14 Harden dealers were recently treated to an inside view of the high-end case goods and upholstery specialists’ manufacturing facilities.

Haverty Furniture Reports 8% Sales Increase For September  - 10/5/2006

Company to kick off a series of TV commercials that will strengthen the connection between Havertys brand and their customers' desire to create homes reflecting personal style.

Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse Implements Vision R8  - 10/5/2006

One of the largest home furnishing retailers in the state of Washington, has converted their business operations to STORIS’ Vision R8 retail management solution.

LOFT Adds Kid City to High Point Showroom  - 10/5/2006

Mini seminar to be presented on methods and tactics that a traditional retail store can utilize to turn them into a contract sales powerhouse.

Generation Brands Appoints W. Allen Fromm as Chief Supply Chain Officer  - 10/5/2006

Generation Brands is the holding and operating company formed with the recent mergers of Murray Feiss Import, Sea Gull Lighting Products, and Encompass Lighting Group.

Kevin Bowman Named Vice President of Sales for Stanley Collections  - 10/5/2006

Bowman will focus on leveraging sales opportunities across all product categories – bedroom, dining room, home office, home entertainment and accent tables.

Spagnesi USA Relocates High Point Showroom  - 10/5/2006

Leather upholstery specialist will introduce three new style groups at the October show.

Berkline/BenchCraft Announces Manufacturing Changes  - 10/5/2006

Company adds an additional manufacturing line at its Blue Mountain, MS facility to support growing capacity needs.

Hooker Furniture Reports Improved 3rd Quarter Operating Results  - 10/5/2006

Also reported margin improvements due to more higher margin imported wood, metal and upholstered products sold.

National Furniture Bank Association Announces Advisory Board of Leaders  - 10/4/2006

Furniture banks are non-profit organizations which collect gently used furniture from the general public and the home furnishings industry, then donate it to children and families in need.

Kathy Ireland Worldwide Partners with Omnia Leather Furniture  - 10/4/2006

In October, Omnia products will be marketed under the name Kathy Ireland Home by Omnia Leather.

Leda Furniture Enters Office Contract Market  - 10/4/2006

Bill Sherhols has been hired as Leda's VP of Sales & Marketing for Office Contract.

New Resort Ready Rooms Store To Open In Panama City Beach  - 10/4/2006

The Resort Ready Rooms Store will feature six pre-designed furniture packages for homes and condominiums.

Susan Dountas Joins Bush Industries, Inc. As VP Marketing  - 10/4/2006

Ms. Dountas was previously Vice President Marketing and Merchandising at Sauder Woodworking.

Dimplex North America Expands Distribution Facility  - 10/4/2006

Expanded distribution facility will serve its growing US customer base.

Sleep Country USA Helps Foster Kids With School Supplies Drive  - 10/4/2006

Premium mattress retailer donates nearly 20,000 school supply products after their second annual School Supplies Drive.

Simmons Company Debt Upgraded by Moody's  - 10/4/2006

Simmons notes that the ratings upgrades reflect strong 2006 financial performance and consequent debt reduction.

Richardson Brothers Company Introduces GE Capital Solutions Program  - 10/4/2006

Richardson Brothers is now offering its retail customers new financial programs that greatly extend repayment terms on inventory.

Sacramento Stores Engage La-Z-Boy In Suit Over Licensing Agreement  - 10/4/2006

The owners of four La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries operating in the greater Sacramento metropolitan area have filed a multi-million dollar suit in Sacramento County Superior Court against La-Z-Boy.

Sofa Buying Tips From Author of "Best Furniture Buying Tips Ever!"  - 10/3/2006

Tips from Jennifer Litwin, a contributing writer for Consumers Digest who uses her trademark "chair rating system” to rank furniture stores nationwide.

Are Small, Inconvenient Problems Ruining Your Furniture Business?  - 10/3/2006

Small, inconvenient problems can add up. Store owners who were “just fine” yesterday, may end up being frog soup tomorrow.

Are Small, Inconvenient Problems Ruining Your Furniture Business?  - 10/3/2006

Small, inconvenient problems can add up. Store owners who were “just fine” yesterday, may end up being frog soup tomorrow.

SCHOU USA To Show Hartman’s Outdoor Furnishings Line In High Point  - 10/3/2006

Company will incorporate Hartman’s new line into their collection of Scandinavian casual outdoor furnishings.

Powell Holds Special High Point Event To Benefit Children's Charity  - 10/3/2006

The event will introduce new youth furniture collections and will feature a ceremony presenting a Powell contribution to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

Special Events At High Point Merchandise Mart Properties Showrooms  - 10/3/2006

Listing of market events in showrooms at Plaza Suites, Suites at Market Square, and Market Square from Oct. 16 – 22, 2006.

Futon Association International Will Show In Las Vegas At WMC  - 10/3/2006

FAI will hold their bi-annual “show-within-a-show” at WMC’s Las Vegas Market January 29th through February 2nd, 2007, Las Vegas, NV.

Bauhaus President Named  - 10/3/2006

James "Al" Wiygul will report to Rodney England, president of La-Z-Boy non-branded upholstery.

La-Z-Boy Chooses Myriad Software's New Data Exchange Module  - 10/2/2006

System will allow Hammary to electronically transfer EDI transactions, product catalogs and large files with no transaction charges.

Chairman and CEO Marvin Girouard to Retire from Pier 1 Imports  - 10/2/2006

A New York-based retail executive search firm, Herbert Mines Associates, will assist in selecting a new Chief Executive Officer.

Amisco Reports 16% Sales Decline  - 10/2/2006

Earnings for the first nine months were adversely affected currency exchange rates and Asian competition.

America Research Group Buying Index Edges Higher  - 10/2/2006

Furniture Buying Index is still below 80, but is up three points from September. Study suggests that lower gas prices have had a positive impact on consumers.

Author & Trend Guru Robyn Waters To Give Free High Point Seminar  - 10/2/2006

The woman who put the “Tahr-zhay” into Target will speak in High Point on Wednesday, October 18th in the High Point Theater.

Jim Nation Of Spring Air, Elected Vice Chair Of ISPA  - 10/2/2006

The Sleep Products Association is an international trade organization for mattress manufacturers and their component suppliers.

High Point Furniture Bank Ready for Donations  - 9/29/2006

On behalf of the NFBA, MGM Transport Corp. will collect furniture directly from exhibitors' showrooms. All donations are fully tax deductible.

Suites At Market Square Announces New High Point Buyers' Lounge  - 9/29/2006

Buyers can enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch and cocktails in the lounge. MMPI will also continue to provide a wide-range of business services.

Harvey N. Dondero Named Chief Executive Officer of World Market Center (Las Vegas)  - 9/28/2006

Dondero, who has held leadership roles for some of the biggest brands and businesses in the home furnishings industry, joins WMC as construction starts on the third and largest building.

The 12th China International Furniture Expo - Post Show Report  - 9/28/2006

A total of 61,290 visitors attended the four-day event, of which 12,241 were international buyers hailing from over 150 countries and regions.

Holiday Gift Buying On Track To Be 12% Ahead Of 2005  - 9/28/2006

This year more gifters got an early start on Christmas gift shopping.

Antonio Leung Hired As Sr. VP Asia Region For Golden Gate Logistics  - 9/28/2006

Golden Gate recently acquired Global Link Logistics, a leading provider of ocean and brokerage services to North American furniture and lighting importers.

Bassett Announces 6.3% 3rd Quarter Sales Decline  - 9/28/2006

Company reports flat retail sales, lower wholesale sales and better margins driven by a better mix of imported goods and the performance of their upholstery division.

Glenn Prillaman Promoted To Senior VP–Marketing and Sales for Stanley Furniture  - 9/27/2006

In this newly created role, he will assume the responsibility for both Stanley Collections and Young America®, reporting to Jeff Scheffer, Stanley Furniture chairman, CEO and president.

HGTV’s Libby Langdon Comes Home To Host High Point Seminar  - 9/27/2006

Her seminar will look into the rapidly growing furnishings market of small space consumers.

Bob's Discount Furniture Opens Stores In Warwick, RI and Woodbridge, NJ  - 9/27/2006

Both new stores will celebrate grand openings at 10 a.m. and on Saturday, October 7.

Magnussen Home Furnishings Announces High Point Introductions  - 9/26/2006

Debuting collections combine beauty and function in a wide variety of styles.

Ace Bayou To Launch New Sound System Chairs At High Point Furniture Show  - 9/26/2006

New Leather RelaX-I and Xsoothe chairs offer sophisticated addition to sound furniture line.

Rachel Ashwell Designs, Inc., Secures $10 Million In Financing  - 9/26/2006

The new credit facility and investment will be used to drive retail store expansion and provide for continued growth of RAD's premium lifestyle brand, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic®.

Futon Association International Announces New Officers  - 9/25/2006

Sue Tedesco was elected President of the Association for this coming year.

SCFMA Honors 2006 Apollo and Design Excellence Award Winners  - 9/25/2006

In the Apollo multi-store category, first place was awarded to Georgia Backyard of Suwanee, Ga. The Pavilion Bungalow by E-Z Up received the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show award.

High Point Market Authority Announces Market Concert Series  - 9/25/2006

Latin jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, The Cookie Band, The Carter Brothers,Wally West and his Jazz Quartet and others will perform.

Dow Polyurethanes Launches New Website: Mattress & Furniture Foam Information  - 9/25/2006

The website offers detailed information on how VORANOL VORACTIV polyols can help increase customer satisfaction by reducing amine emissions, a source of odors in mattresses and furniture.

High Point Market Authority Sponsors New International Buyer's Center  - 9/22/2006

The comfortably furnished space will offer all the usual business amenities—paired with travel and concierge services, as well as a prayer and meditation room.

WMIA Launches Redesigned Web Site  - 9/22/2006

The site features the WMIA's an electronic database of woodworking equipment, software, cutting tools, accessories and other products and services offered by the association's 160 member companies.

Magi Seal Partners With Caber Distributors To Market Mattress Protectors  - 9/22/2006

Caber Distributors, Canadian distributor of Protect-a-Bed, will also be representing Magi Seal service programs and products for specialty sleep retailers.

ASID –IL To Present Design Excellence Awards  - 9/22/2006

Awards to be presented at the "Celebration of Design" Gala at Chicago's Merchandise Mart on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.

AKTRIN Reports Mattress Price Rise Of 5.8%  - 9/22/2006

Most other wholesale furniture prices except for upholstery remained relatively stable despite higher raw material costs.

University Loft Promotes Carlson To National Sales Manager  - 9/22/2006

Kathy Carlson will be responsible for training and overseeing independent retail dealers.

Storehouse Executive Team Announces Search For New Partner  - 9/21/2006

Search follows the voluntary filing for bankruptcy protection by its parent company, The Rowe Companies on Monday.

World Market Center (Las Vegas) Hires Trade Show Veteran Michelle Monteferrante as Show Director  - 9/21/2006

Monteferrante will be responsible for planning, logistics and implementation of all operations related to the home furnishings markets.

Simmons Bedding Company to Acquire Simmons Canada Inc.  - 9/21/2006

Simmons Bedding Company announced that it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which a subsidiary of Simmons US will acquire all of the securities of Simmons Canada Inc.

David Berg joins DMI Furniture  - 9/20/2006

As Managing Director of HOME STYLES, Asia, Mr. Berg will will reside in Bangkok, Thailand where he will have day to day management responsibilities for the HOME STYLES office and staff.

Bernie & Phyl’s Co-Sponsors Child Car Seat Safety Check  - 9/20/2006

Over 60 families had car seats checked and correctly reinstalled by the state police at their Braintree store.

Metropolitan Home Collection To Debut In High Point  - 9/20/2006

A new line of contemporary bedroom, dining room, occasional furniture and upholstered seating will be shown in their 4,000 sq. ft. IHFC Showroom.

Antique Reproduction Furniture from France debuts in Atlanta and High Point  - 9/19/2006

Company will show pieces having the look and feel of traditional antiques re-interpreted to meet today’s market needs.

GMAC Commercial Finance Grows Furniture Industry Presence  - 9/19/2006

GMAC CF expands its furniture industry presence in North Carolina in response to changes in supply chain relationships and producers’ need to finance ongoing growth with greater precision.

Sleep Country USA Announces Vancouver, WA Store Opening  - 9/19/2006

Company will attract consumers to new store with “Princess and the Pea” contest.

Rowe Furniture Files For Reorganization Under Chapter 11  - 9/19/2006

Decision will allow Rowe Furniture to focus on manufacturing. Its sister subsidiary Storehouse will be sold.

Nicole Miller Receives Accolades at Robb & Stucky  - 9/19/2006

Nicole Miller was recently on hand at Robb & Stucky Interior’s Tampa location to help launch the highly successful national debut of the home furnishings collection which bears her name.

Recruiting Firm Furniture Team, Inc., Acquired by Peter Tomeck  - 9/18/2006

Former Breuner’s Ops and HR Director acquires growing search firm that specializes in home furnishings.

Lorri Kelley joins WYNWOOD Furniture As Vice President Sales  - 9/15/2006

Ms. Kelley was most recently Vice President of Schnadig Furniture where she had numerous sales and marketing responsibilities.

Canadian Consumer Spending On Furniture & Bedding Grows 2.9%  - 9/15/2006

AKTRIN predicts that growth, which was 6.2% in 2005 will continue this year at a similar pace and decline slightly in 2007.

Capel President and CEO Resigns  - 9/14/2006

Mr. Bruce Hric, the Chief Financial Officer of Capel, has been appointed acting CEO while a search is conducted to fill the position vacated by Mr. Birnbach.

ARG Study Finds US Consumers Face Higher Debit and Unexpected Expenses  - 9/14/2006

The number of families feeling pressure from credit card bills has risen nearly 50% from 21.9% to 29.1% in the period early July to early September.

Stanley Furniture Expects Sales Decline For 2006  - 9/14/2006

For total year 2006, sales are now expected to decline 4% to 7% compared to 2005 due to weak third quarter sales.

PIer 1 Announces Year To Date Sales Down 8.3%  - 9/14/2006

Turnaround strategy underway includes new, eclectic and differentiated collections, better quality products, compelling visual presentations and a superior shopping experience.

University Loft Appoints New Controller  - 9/14/2006

University Loft Company, has promoted Chris Collins, formerly Accounting Manager, to the position of Controller.

Letters of Credit vs. Global Furniture Supply Chain Financing  - 9/14/2006

GMAC Commercial Finance discusses using Supply Chain Financing as an alternative to Letters of Credit (LC) for furniture importing.

aspenhome™ Sponsors Team Building Trip For China Employees  - 9/14/2006

The June weekend trip to Yangshuo Guilin in the Guangxi Providence and Changping Donggaun was based on the American Outward Bound team building method.

Intuit Acquires StepUp Commerce  - 9/14/2006

StepUp’s technology platform will power the new QuickBooks Product Listing Service, designed to help QuickBooks customers market local products online.

AKTRIN Forecasts US Furniture Sales Of $89 Billion  - 9/13/2006

Study forecasts a minor slowdown in 2007 to a furniture consumption growth rate of 4.3%.

WithIt Presents AMC Veteran Kathy Bovey With Legacy Award  - 9/13/2006

Kathy Bovey has been awarded the 2006 WithIt—Women in the Home Industries Today Legacy Award for her significant lifetime contributions to the home furnishings industry.

Broyhill Adds New Sales Team Members  - 9/11/2006

Mike Atler, Amanda Frisbee, Samantha Moore and Micah Reese have joined the newly expanded Broyhill sales team.

America Research Group Buying Index Edges Lower  - 9/11/2006

Higher gas prices, higher grocery prices and uncertainty over international issues such as the Iraqi War continue to cause consumers concerns and fears.

Plano Furniture Store Owner's Passion for Hometown Chicago Bears Costs Him $300,000  - 9/11/2006

World Furniture Mall owner agreed to refund customer payments for purchases made over the Labor Day weekend if the Bears shut out the Packers.

Mainstreet Delivery Adds New Clients; Bolsters Staff  - 9/11/2006

John Mulvey, Steve O’Brien and Joe Lemerond have been added to the senior operations team.

CPSC Warns About TV, Large Furniture Tip-Over Dangers  - 9/11/2006

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents and caregivers about the dangers of TV and furniture tip-overs. New data from CPSC shows an increase in the number of deaths associated with TV tip-overs.

aspenhome™ Launches New Website  - 9/11/2006

aspenhome.net includes an online catalog, feature/benefit stories about the “ah factor,” and general company information for all to experience.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman  - 9/8/2006

As of June, new orders remained about even with last year’s first half. There is more recent anecdotal evidence of a pick up in retail business but consumer confidence remains low.

Best Way To Boost Employee Satisfaction In Tough Times  - 9/8/2006

The story of how one manager boosted employee satisfaction and morale while conducting extensive lay-offs.

Rooms Express To Open A New 35,000 Sq. Ft. Store In La Quinta  - 9/8/2006

Beginning September 14th, the 11 store Linder’s Furniture chain will be giving away 50 rooms in 50 days as part of the grand opening celebration.

Marlow's Alexandria Showroom Gets A $2.5 Million Renovation  - 9/8/2006

Marlo Furniture's flagship store will feature their 8-Stores-Under-One-Roof concept that seeks to put fun back into shopping for furniture.

Schou USA To Show Outdoor Line In High Point And At Casual Show  - 9/8/2006

Danish based manufacturer of upscale, simple and elegant outdoor furniture plans to introduce their line to US buyers in September.

IKEA To Open Central Texas Location In November  - 9/8/2006

IKEA's 29th US store will feature 50 different room settings, three complete model homes, a supervised children’s play area, and a 250-seat restaurant.

Philip D. Haney, Appointed President and CEO, Lexington Home Brands  - 9/7/2006

Mr. Haney has more than 30-years experience in positions with Karastan Rug and Stanley Furniture.

Fashion Bed Group Relocates High Point Showroom To Main 530  - 9/7/2006

At the Fall High Point market, customers will be introduced to the Fashion Bed Group’s new Wood & Leather line, a moderately priced group of wood and leather beds and coordinating accessories.

World Market Center Expands Hotel Lineup  - 9/6/2006

January has proven to be one of the busiest months in Las Vegas in terms of visitors to the city and hotel rooms are in very high demand.

Haverty Furniture Reports 12.7% August Sales Increase  - 9/6/2006

On a comparable-store basis, August sales increased 10.3%. Sales for the first eight months of 2006 increased 6.7% to $570.6 million.

Natuzzi Announces Second Quarter Sales Increase  - 9/6/2006

During the quarter ended on June 30, 2006, upholstery net sales increased, quarter- over- quarter, in the Americas by 9.4 percent.

Furniture Brands International Comments on Outlook for the Third Quarter of 2006  - 9/6/2006

Furniture Brands International revises net earnings forecast and plans to take more aggressive discounts on selected slower-moving products.

O'Sullivan Industries Ramps Up Production in Lamar, Missouri  - 9/5/2006

The company has plans to hire over 100 new employees in the next few weeks.

Pulaski Furniture Purchases Samuel Lawrence Furniture  - 9/5/2006

SLF is being merged with Pulaski Furniture to form a new holding company called Home Meridian International.

aspenhome™ Unveils New Catalog And In-Store Marketing Support  - 9/5/2006

A major redesign of the aspenhome™ catalog has just been rolled out in conjunction with the launching of their new branding strategy.

2006 ISPA Industry Conference & Exhibition - November 8-10 In Orlando  - 9/5/2006

The 2006 ISPA Industry Conference and Exhibition: Mattress Industry Best Practices – Competing in a Global Economy, will be held November 8-10 in Orlando, Florida.

High Point Market Authority To Publish Market Directory  - 9/5/2006

New insider’s guide designed with first-time visitors, small independents and interior designers in mind.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Announces Corporate Restructuring  - 9/4/2006

Sumter brand bedroom furniture will be outsourced. Some other operations will be consolidated.

Bassett Announces Lower Third Quarter Sales & Earnings  - 9/4/2006

Third quarter earnings will be negatively impacted by lower sales levels and slightly reduced margins.

Quaker Fabric Corp. To Lay Off 225 Additional Workers  - 9/4/2006

Competition from imported Chinese fabrics, rising energy prices and weakness in the retail furniture sector cited as factors influencing the layoff decision.

WHFA Academy Announces October 12th Educational Event  - 9/1/2006

The bi-annual WHFA educational event to take place in Phoenix, AZ will feature workshops to help retailers boost sales management and back-end operations performance.

Top Lighting Manufacturers To Show At World Market Center, Las Vegas  - 9/1/2006

World Market Center has signed up nearly 60 companies in the lighting category.

Kornmeyers HomeSmart Unveils New Identity  - 8/31/2006

Now Kornmeyers HomeSmart, the company unveiled its new name and brand identity, created by leading strategic design firm GRID2.

Thomasville Furniture Industries Announces New Pricing Policy  - 8/31/2006

Company will publish prices on its website and provide an MRP price list to its retail stores allowing retailers to remain competitive with these published prices.

PriceGrabber.com Releases Online Furniture Shopping Survey  - 8/31/2006

Survey indicates that shoppers are doing their homework by researching online for sales, lower tax rates and free shipping.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Nominates Candidates  - 8/30/2006

Eight furniture industry leaders have been nominated to receive the industry's highest award.

Escalate Retail Makes Tech Trends Study Available For Online Download  - 8/30/2006

Study addresses the latest IT priorities, challenges, and strategies mid-sized retailers need can to compete with the retail giants.

Ethan Allen Updates Comments On Summer Business Conditions  - 8/30/2006

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. Chairman and CEO Farooq Kathwari comments on slowing July and August sales.

La-Z-Boy Names Tom Zwolan Director Of Consumer Research  - 8/29/2006

In this role, Zwolan will lead the company’s consumer research efforts and will grow research as a core competency within the sales and marketing team.

David Peterson Joins Myriad Software As Sales Account Executive  - 8/29/2006

Peterson held a number of key executive postions at a nationally recognized retail chain and Myriad system user.

Levitz Furniture Expands Merchandising Team  - 8/29/2006

Joanne Jacobs has been named VP Merchandising, Patricia Dove is the new VP, Merchandising & Visual Presentation, Kelly Lobdell is now Buyer, Fashion Accessories and Children's Bedrooms, and Carol Glaser has been promoted to Vice President, Merchandising.

Bush Industries To Close Tijuana Facility  - 8/28/2006

The Mexican operation is no longer needed, having been replaced by their "Global Sourcing Group" that provides complete design, engineering, quality control and scheduling services.

The Harden Home Studio™ Rolls Out to Dealers  - 8/28/2006

Harden Furniture plans to open 25 branded in-store exhibits and customization studios through year’s end.

IHFRA Holds Drawing For Free High Point Parking  - 8/28/2006

IHFRA will issue hang tags to 200 reps who would like to take advantage of the free parking offer.

Sofa Mart and Furniture Row Outlet Team With World Vision to Help the Street Children of Mexico  - 8/28/2006

The charity campaign titled "Hope Is Always in Style" allocates $20 for every sofa sold at the stores nationwide to World Vision for the duration of the campaign.

CDS and WHFA Team Up To Create Valuable Educational Resource  - 8/28/2006

WHFA and CDS partner to capture educational presentations on tape and give retailers attending the WHFA conference a DVD of the entire program.

GMAC Commercial Finance Adds BDO Jerry Shea to Commercial Services Division  - 8/28/2006

Jerry will play a key role in servicing clients and expanding GMAC CF's presence in the Charlotte metro and Georgia markets.

Bush Industry gets $56.5 Million In Assed-Based Credit  - 8/28/2006

The asset-based financing will be used to refinance existing debt and will provide for growth and working capital requirements.

MGM Transport Announces LTL Service From Mississippi  - 8/25/2006

Less than truckload services will now be available from Mississippi to Southern California and the Northeast.

Ecometry and GERS Retail Systems Combine to Form Escalate Retail  - 8/25/2006

The combined organization is named Escalate Retail reflecting the focus on improving retailer profitability through customer- focused solutions.

DeBasio Furniture to Close Their Doors After 78 Years  - 8/25/2006

The decision to close DeBasio Furniture was based on trends in the furniture industry as well as the economy.

Norwalk Hires New Director of Retail Merchandising  - 8/24/2006

Deb McKirahan becomes director of retail merchandising, a new position encompassing the development of new merchandising product programs for the growing franchise group.

Hickory Hardware Names Three New Members to Management Team  - 8/24/2006

The new appointments are Barbara Tamkin as human resources director, Matt Southards as digital asset manager, and Robert Shirley as program manager.

aspenhome™ Recognizes Outstanding “A Team” Employees  - 8/23/2006

The winning A Team employees received an all expense paid three-day trip for two to the Las Vegas Furniture Market where they saw the company in action.

Padma's Plantation Selected as Finalist for 18th Annual ARTS Awards  - 8/23/2006

The ARTS Awards is a distinguished awards program for the home decorative accessories industry presented by ART (the Accessories Resource Team) and the Dallas Market Center.

Re-branding Initiative For High Point Market Underway  - 8/23/2006

International Home Furnishings Market changes its name to High Point Market and unveils new logos for the High Point Market and High Point Market Authority.

Oriental Accent, Inc. To Introduce The Mark Abrams Collection In High Point  - 8/23/2006

A mixed bag of materials and finishes will adorn unique shapes and functional pieces, ranging from classic styles to the exotic.

Attendees Hotel Experiences Addressed By High Point Market Authority  - 8/22/2006

The Hotel Task Force will review current issues among Market attendees, as well as offer ideas on how the Authority can improve the housing situation around the bi-annual High Point Market.

La-Z-Boy Appoints High Point University President to Board of Directors  - 8/22/2006

Nido Qubein is a world renowned public speaker and serves on the boards of several national organizations.

Emerald Home Furnishings Leases Showroom at World Market Center  - 8/22/2006

Emerald Home Furnishings has leased a 16,800- square- foot showroom on the 13th floor of World Market Center’s second building, Building B.

KEM’s Orlando Regional Furniture & Accessory Market Continues To Grow  - 8/22/2006

Karel Exposition Management’s 15th Orlando Furniture and Accessory Market will have nearly 1,200 exhibit spaces August 25-27.

Furniture Brands International Names Larry Milan President of Maitland-Smith  - 8/22/2006

Mr. Milan served as president of Maitland-Smith in the early 1990s prior to Furniture Brands' ownership of the company.

Virtual Delivery Source, Inc. Announces Claims Policy Change  - 8/22/2006

VDS has adopted Rule 181 to determine whether or not furniture can be shipped safely via LTL common carriers either for drop ship programs or to deliver safely to the final mile agents who then deliver to consumers direct.

Brazilian Furniture Lines Report Good Las Vegas Show Traffic  - 8/22/2006

Eight members of the Brazilian Contemporary Furniture & Home Décor Manufacturers Association – ABIMAD attended the recent Las Vegas Show.

ABIMAD Holds Export Training Seminar  - 8/22/2006

The training seminar was part of ABIMAD’s Quality for Export Program, which prepares ABIMAD members to the international market.

Joan Ferman Joins Norwalk Furniture As President Of Retail  - 8/22/2006

Ferman, who will succeed Bill Gerken, brings an impressive background in retailing to Norwalk Furniture.

Conlin’s Furniture Celebrates Two Broyhill Gallery Openings  - 8/18/2006

Montana retailer welcomes Tom Broyhill, vice president and grandson of founder T.H. Broyhill to join in the festivities.

New Oskar Huber Store Façade Designed by GRID2  - 8/18/2006

Oskar Huber Furniture engages leading strategic design firm GRID2 International to create a new façade for its soon to be five-store furniture retail operation located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Flexsteel Announces Residential Products Net Sales Increase of 4%  - 8/18/2006

Company states that residential net sales were weaker than anticipated and they expect that this softness will continue through the first half of fiscal year 2007.

Inagural Hong Kong International Furniture Show To Debut In October  - 8/17/2006

A complete spectrum of high-end furniture - branded, decorative, intelligent, classic, ethnic and occasional - will be shown to an international audience.

Four Truckers, Inc. Expands Los Angeles, CA Service Center  - 8/17/2006

Specialized Home Furnishings Transportation Company announced expansion to meet the growing needs of furniture importers and domestic shippers for warehousing and distribution.

Prepac RTA Furniture Moves & Expands High Point Showroom  - 8/17/2006

New Showroom is 60% larger and will feature room vignettes of Bedroom Furniture, Platform Storage Beds, Juvenile Furniture and Media Storage products.

Bombay Announces Second Quarter Operating Loss  - 8/17/2006

Same store sales for Bombay stores in existence for more than one year decreased 3.0% for the quarter.

Mattress Firm Appoints Director of Media  - 8/17/2006

Christine Scott-Gensch will be responsible for developing and directing media planning and buying for all Mattress Firm markets.

Luxury Consumer Confidence Plummets in Second Quarter  - 8/17/2006

Continuing turmoil in the world and growing doubts about financial direction in the country leads to 14 point drop in the Luxury Consumption Index.

La-Z-Boy Reports First-Quarter Operating Results  - 8/16/2006

Same-store written sales, which the company tracks as an indicator of retail activity, were down 5.5% and total sales, which includes new stores, decreased 2.7%.

Levitz Furniture Names Senior Vice President, Logistics  - 8/16/2006

Addition of retail veteran is part of the retailer's continued revitalization strategy.

Outdoor Furniture & Accessories Market Will Stay In Chicago  - 8/16/2006

Despite attractive offers from Atlanta and Las Vegas, the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association has signed a new 10-year agreement with Merchandise Mart Properties.

Powell Company Announces New Retail Order System  - 8/16/2006

The new system, makes placing orders, tracking orders, inventory information, confirmations and shipment notifications easier and faster.

Bob’s Discount Furniture & Gene Rosenberg Associates’ Golf Outing Raises $500,000  - 8/16/2006

Some of the organizations benefiting from this year’s outing are the American Cancer Society’s Camp Rising Sun, Nutmeg Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Family and Children’s Aid, Jimmy Fund and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

La-Z-Boy Board Elects New Chairman  - 8/16/2006

James W. Johnston succeeds Patrick H. Norton, who retired after serving as Chairman since 1997 and as a Board member since 1981.

Norwalk Furniture Hires Former UPS Executive  - 8/16/2006

Rick McKirahan to assume role of Vice President of Strategic Planning & Operations.

Does Your Company Culture Drive Away Your Best Workers?  - 8/16/2006

Twelve ways to build trust, cooperation and teamwork.

Cotton Incorporated To Make 2008 Home Fashion Colors Presentation  - 8/16/2006

“An Overview of Colors and Fabrics for the Home in 2008” presentation will be made at Material World New York exhibition in September at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

ASFD Names 2006 Pinnacle Awards Finalists  - 8/16/2006

Sixty finalists have been chosen in the 2006 Annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards competition, representing 4 finalists in each of the 15 categories.

High Point Expands Central Registration Locations  - 8/15/2006

Additional central registration locations were added to help smooth Market’s official opening day: Monday, October 16, 2006.

Malaysian International Furniture Fair MIFF 2007 Grows  - 8/15/2006

With the introduction of another venue, the total size of the show to be held on March 6-10, will be 675,000 sq. ft.

Bob’s Discount Furniture Stores Begins “2006 Annual Backpack Drive” For School Children  - 8/15/2006

Stores will be accepting school supplies and backpacks through the end of August 2006 that will be distributed to hundreds of homeless families in the Boston, Malden and Medford, MA areas.

April Cornell Announces the Grand Re-Opening of Three Signature Retail Stores  - 8/15/2006

Company has adopted a mass-merchandising business model for its retail stores, a boutique retail format that provides tailored customer experiences.

Homespace Opens New Zocalo Living™ In-Store Gallery  - 8/15/2006

The 2,000 square foot install was completed on June 15, 2006 and included items from six Zocalo collections.

Padma's Plantation Hires National Sales Manager  - 8/14/2006

Peter Blackshaw formerly with Hospitality Textiles, brings more than 25 years of sales experience to the company.

James Kennedy Appointed VP, Operations, Baker Knapp & Tubbs  - 8/14/2006

Prior to joining Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Kennedy was vice president of Supply Chain Management at HDM Furniture.

Las Vegas Market Post July Show Report  - 8/14/2006

Retailers in attendance were more serious and came to Las Vegas to write orders, according to Market officials and the exhibitors they polled.

IKEA Orlando To Open In Fall 2007  - 8/14/2006

Future IKEA store advances as city council approves master plan for Swedish retailer’s 3rd store in Southeast and 2nd in Florida.

La-Z-Boy Names Chuck Seilnacht Director Of Furniture Galleries Excellence  - 8/14/2006

In this role, Seilnacht will lead the continuous development and implementation of the Furniture Galleries Excellence performance improvement system to drive consistency and operational excellence within the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc, Launches E-Commerce Furniture Website  - 8/11/2006

The website, like the catalog and retail stores, will sell custom-upholstered furniture in an expanded selection of over 100 designer fabrics on a choice of over 30 unique silhouettes.

BuildTheBed Appoints BedGrafix To Rep Line of Photographic Headboards  - 8/11/2006

Company hired to market headboards that can be made with stock photos, or custom created with customer's photo.

Growing Design Firm GRID2 International Names Associates  - 8/11/2006

Leading strategic design firm GRID2 International promotes four project managers to associates in response to growing account responsibilities.

BIFMA Furniture Emissions Standards Approved  - 8/11/2006

The BIFMA Furniture Emissions Standards will improve indoor air quality and increase the use of sustainable materials for existing and future commercial construction.

Seattle Gift Center Changes Name To Pacific Market Center  - 8/11/2006

New name reflective of wholesale mart’s increasing breadth and market reach that includes home furnishings, outdoor living/garden, kitchenware, lifestyle, lighting, accessories, linens/textiles and more.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Chooses Online Furniture Training  - 8/10/2006

AAFES will use the Fundamentals of Furniture Product Knowledge (FPK) Online training to train their retail associates as reliable furniture experts, and second, for corporate executives to manage and track associate training progress throughout the store exchange system.

Tips For Choosing Senior-Friendly Furnishings  - 8/10/2006

Common sense decorating tips for seniors from Davis Remignanti, lead design consultant at Furniture.com.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores (VMFS) of Whitewater Relocates  - 8/10/2006

On-site showroom and factory will give consumers the opportunity to opportunity to observe their mattress being made on location.

RoomChoices Completes Setup of 4 New Galleries  - 8/10/2006

The company offers truckload pricing to retailers who cannot meet the volume requirements of major manufacturers.

Broyhill Announces Sales Of Particleboard Facility  - 8/10/2006

Sale reflects the changing dynamics of the furniture manufacturing industry and its impact on domestic manufacturing.

Palliser To Split Company Into 5 Separate Entities  - 8/10/2006

Company plans to divide the company into 4 separate but related and co-operative residential furniture companies plus one in the contract furniture field.

Broyhill Names New Midwest Sales Manager  - 8/8/2006

Brady Helton will be responsible for sales management in a fourteen-state territory.

Furniture Buying Index Holds Steady For August  - 8/8/2006

Furniture retailers will have to become inventive with their advertising over the Labor Day weekend to draw consumers into their stores.

Southern Lifestyles Outlet Improves Efficiency With Open Web Racking System  - 8/8/2006

Cantilever rack open web system boosts flexibility, saves space and allows for efficient in-rack sprinkler system.

Glabman Furniture Begins $15 Million Re-merchandising Sale  - 8/8/2006

Glabman's five stores will kick off "The Great $15 Million Furniture Sell Off & Remodeling Sale" coordinated by the Daniel Lynch Sales Company.

RoomChoices Announces Appointment Of New Vice President  - 8/8/2006

As the Vice President of Business Development, Doug Bravata will manage the growth and licensing of RoomChoices gallery dealers.

RoomChoices Opens Four Galleries  - 8/8/2006

Company that makes furniture and accessories from major manufacturers available to independent furniture retailers at steep discounts has finished setting up their first four gallery programs.

Laneventure Forms Partnership With Riverwood Casual  - 8/8/2006

Laneventure is partnering with Riverwood Casual in an alliance that will have Laneventure exclusively market the products manufactured at Riverwood’s Lexington, N.C. facility.

Jane Gilmartin Named Senior VP, Chief Merchandising Officer For Levitz  - 8/7/2006

Former Executive VP and Chief Merchandising Officer for Linens 'N Things, will be responsible for buying, merchandise planning and allocation, and visual merchandising.

Unfinished Furniture Industry Event Winds Up Successfully  - 8/7/2006

More than 500 unfinished furniture professionals from across the country gathered in Columbus, Ohio recently for the 2006 Unfinished Furniture Association (UFA) National Convention & Trade Show.

Meyda Lighting Introduces Lucerne Collection of Decorative Lighting  - 8/7/2006

Meyda Lighting is a Meyda Tiffany Company, which is a leading designer and manufacturer of Tiffany lamps and decorative lighting.

Mattress Firm Names New Vice President of Real Estate  - 8/4/2006

Gary White will be responsible for managing real estate assets in the 22 corporate markets across the country where Mattress Firm stores currently exist, as well as coordinating the acquisition of new properties.

Zocalo Opens New Warehouse In Vietnam  - 8/4/2006

New space will allow Zocalo to account for spikes in demand for their most popular collections.

Knox Furniture To Add La-Z-Boy Gallery  - 8/4/2006

The new 5,550-square-foot gallery will feature a broad selection of La-Z-Boy® products for the family room and living room.

How to Design Media Rooms & Home Theatres Seminar At San Francisco Mart  - 8/4/2006

“How to Design Media Rooms & Home Theatres”, presented by Anthony Grimani, president and lead consultant of Performance Media Industries. The event will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17 at the San Francisco Mart.

HFA’s Educational Seminars Draw Record Crowds to the RRC — Despite the Heat of the Las Vegas Summer  - 8/4/2006

WHFA estimates that over 1,000 attendees partook in the summer seminar series, many spending the entire day in the RRC finding pearls of wisdom from each and every session.

Hickory Hardware Centralizes Operations to Combat Escalating Commodity Costs  - 8/4/2006

Company to gain operational efficiencies from new Nashville location.

Kane's Furniture Hires New Case Goods Merchandiser  - 8/2/2006

Prior to joining Kane’s, Moore spent six years as senior merchant of case goods with Kirschman’s Furniture in New Orleans.

Home Furnishings & Whole Home Design Center To Open In Barbados  - 8/2/2006

8,500 square foot home furnishings and accessories store and whole home design center was designed by New York based GRID2 International.

La-Z-Boy Combines Pennsylvania House and Clayton Marcus  - 8/2/2006

Each brand will continue to have its own independent sales and marketing team.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - May 2006  - 8/2/2006

Furniture store sales and traffic were down in May. New orders decreased 13 percent in April compared to April 2005.

Furnished Quarters Donates Surplus Furniture to Charity  - 8/2/2006

Furnished Quarters, collaborating with the National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA), has donated two truckloads of furniture to families in need.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports 7.1% Sales Decline  - 8/1/2006

Company notes that the sales decline was primarily attributable to reduced shipments of bedroom furniture due to competitive pressure.

Ethan Allen Reports Record Annual Sales  - 8/1/2006

In spite of recent slowing sales, the company projects 2007 sales and earnings per share will increase 5-7% and 10-12%, respectively.

Furniture Brands International Reports Second Quarter Sales Increase  - 8/1/2006

Company focuses on building brands, optimizing logistics and supply chain processes, and other strategic initiatives to drive both growth and margin expansion.

Bedding Retailer Select Comfort Reports 22% Sales Increase  - 8/1/2006

During the quarter, the company successfully opened 10 company-owned stores to end the quarter at 412 stores.

Consultants Put Home Furnishings Retailers to the Test on 10,000 Mile Road Trip Across America  - 8/1/2006

Study looks at 30 specific sales and service behaviors, or performance factors, which influence a retailer’s success.

Biltmore Estate For Your Home Announces Management Team Additions  - 7/31/2006

Timothy Rosebrock, Christy Hodgins and Lydia Vander Voort have been named to key management positions at the the product licensing division of The Biltmore Company.

La-Z-Boy Sells American of Martinsville  - 7/31/2006

La-Z-Boy divests company to become more focused on its core business model that concentrates on the residential side of the home furnishings industry.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Revenues and Earnings; Same Store Revenues Up 9.1%  - 7/31/2006

During the second quarter the Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership division opened 12 new Company-operated stores and 15 new franchised stores.

Leggett & Platt Announces Executive Appointments  - 7/31/2006

Paul R. Hauser was promoted to President of the Residential Furnishings Segment, succeeding Karl Glassman in that role.

Simmons Company To Sell Their Sleep Country USA Business  - 7/31/2006

This sale allows Simmons to continue to focus on their core manufacturing business while entrusting the retail segment of their business to one of their top customers.

Logility to Present at American Home Furnishings Global Supply Chain Management Conference  - 7/31/2006

Karin Bursa, vice president of marketing at Logility, will speak on "Navigating a Perfect Storm in the Furniture Industry" during the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Global Supply Chain Management Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

IFDA Member Survey Notes Changes In Design Industry  - 7/31/2006

International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) survey finds radical changes in the ways that design industry professionals view their industry.

Las Vegas Furniture Show Attendee Wins $12.3 Million During Show  - 7/31/2006

A last minute arrangement, Penn took advantage of a slot tournament at Wynn Las Vegas which turned out to be a life-changing decision.

Bob’s Discount Furniture To Kick-off "Celebrate The Arts Contest"  - 7/31/2006

Bob’s Discount Furniture seeks to help ailing arts and culture programs in schools being hit by budget cuts.

RugMark Rolls Out Campaign to End Child Labor  - 7/31/2006

The campaign will create awareness about the illegal use of child labor in the rug industry, and about the benefits of buying a carpet or rug that is certified child-labor-free.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Appoints New President  - 7/28/2006

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores has recently appointed John Siipola, a franchise executive veteran, as president.

Las Vegas Market Reports Uptick in Number of International Buyers & Exhibitors  - 7/27/2006

International attendees coming from 116 countries, up from 80 countries as reported last market, account for eight percent of total registrations at Las Vegas Market.

Trend Forecaster Shares Insights at Las Vegas Market  - 7/27/2006

Seminar covered colors, motifs and moods that will impact tomorrow's décor styles based on the latest looks from a global perspective.

Badcock Enters Eighth State With Danville, Virginia Store  - 7/27/2006

The opening of the Danville store is a key piece of Badcock's expansion market plans, which began last year when they opened a distribution center in Mebane, North Carolina.

Cologne January Show Will Be An International Meeting Place For Interior Design  - 7/27/2006

At "informed by cologne", imm cologne will offer a sneak preview of the trends for the coming season, highlighting colours, materials, shapes and patterns.

Color Expert Predicts Furniture Colors For Next Year  - 7/26/2006

Association’s 2007-08 interior palette forecast forecasts a logical movement towards refined bright hues playing off complex neutrals.

New Study Focuses On Luxury Buying Behavior of GenXers  - 7/26/2006

After years of catering to the Boomers’ luxury appetites, luxury goods marketers need to tap the tremendous spending potential of GenXers. 

PROFITSystems Completes Another Successful PROFITUniversity Conference  - 7/26/2006

The conference featured keynote speakers Cary Mullen, an Olympian and World Cup Champion skier. and Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a former F-16 fighter pilot and highly decorated combat veteran.

Master Design Leases 50,000 Sq. Ft. Space In High Point  - 7/26/2006

Master Design makes big commitment to High Point -- relocates showroom from Plaza Suites building to the Hamilton Market building.

American Leather Names Berrios National Sales Manager  - 7/26/2006

Mr. Berrios will be responsible for leading the company’s sales efforts, and managing its sales force.

Comfortech USA Introduces Memory Foam Adjustable Massage Bed At Vegas Show  - 7/26/2006

Combining flexibility, resiliency and durability, the massage bed is crafted with a “memory foam mattress” that molds to the shape of the entire body.

Bob’s Discount Furniture Stores Mount Effort To Help Homeless Families  - 7/25/2006

Stores will accept school supplies and backpacks to be distributed to hundreds of homeless families in the Boston, Malden and Medford, MA areas.

IKEA Breaks Ground On New Portland, Oregon Store  - 7/25/2006

The future IKEA Portland will feature three complete homes, 50 room settings, a supervised children’s play area, as well as a 250-seat restaurant.

A.R.T. Introduces European Tableau Collection in Las Vegas  - 7/25/2006

The nineteenth collection offered by the three year-old company is inspired by the lush gardens of the grand estates of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean coast.

TruckSkin“ Announces Milestone: 50 State Coverage  - 7/24/2006

This goal was realized on June 24th with the completion of the final Rent-A-Center nine state installations on the big island of Hawaii, and in the remote village of Soldotna, Alaska.

Tempur-Pedic International Inc. Second Quarter Net Sales Rise 14%  - 7/21/2006

Company adds high quality retail partner stores reflecting their strategy to ensure improved established account and new store productivity.

Tempur-Pedic Announces Appointment of Rick Anderson as EVP and President, North America  - 7/21/2006

In this newly created position, Anderson will report directly to Chief Executive Officer H. Thomas Bryant.

Leggett Reports Third Quarter Sales Increase For Residential Furnishings Segment  - 7/21/2006

Higher sales, operating improvement, and lack of last year's FIFO impact were primarily responsible for the EBIT increase.

Atlanta La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Store Owner Named Father Of The Year  - 7/21/2006

Bob Breunig cited for his dedication to family life and community service.

Elite Home Theater Seating Announces Layout Design Service  - 7/21/2006

Manufacturer of high-end home theater seating launches “Layout Design Service” division at Las Vegas Market offering complimentary Home Theater Planning.

Italy's Largest Mattress Manufacturer To Show In Las Vegas  - 7/21/2006

Magniflex manufactures environmentally and technologically advanced visco elastic (memory foam), latex, and foam mattresses.

Brian Casey To Present High Point Market's "One Market, One Vision" Strategy  - 7/20/2006

The Market Authority recently unveiled advertising and marketing materials touting the theme, which the executive believes defines the International Home Furnishings Market’s current position and sets a course for its future.

IKEA Begins Recruitment Efforts For Texas Store  - 7/20/2006

300 diverse coworker positions available in: home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment.

Valassis to Acquire ADVO  - 7/20/2006

The combined company will offer home furnishings and bedding retailers a wider portfolio of integrated media solutions that will appeal to a variety of customer segments.

Zocalo® Holds Mini-Market In San Francisco  - 7/20/2006

The company showcased its newest groups: Revelle™, Hampton Library™, Madison™ and new items from the Metropolitan Leather™ Collection.

Three Badcock Stores Convert To Badcock & More Concept  - 7/20/2006

Three North Florida Badcock stores have converted - bringing a brighter, more spacious shopping environment to consumers in the North Florida Area.

My Market ConnectionsSM Offers Las Vegas Market Attendees Market Planning Assistance  - 7/20/2006

The technology, developed and managed by BD Metrics exclusively for Las Vegas Market, brings buyers and sellers together by preferences, products and other characteristics.

Weiman Furniture Adds VP & Six New Territorial Sales Reps  - 7/20/2006

Grant Campbell has joined Weiman management, as Vice President, Operations.

Flex-A-Bed Mattress Chooses Elk’s VersaShield® Fire Barrier as Fire Retardant Solution  - 7/20/2006

Flex-A-Bed will now construct all mattresses shipped to California with Elk’s patented VersaShield® flame retardant (FR) protection.

New Spring Air Showroom Set For January 2007 Las Vegas Opening  - 7/20/2006

7,250 square-foot branded trade exhibit and business hub will be located on the 11th floor of Building #2.

American Leather Names Berrios National Sales Manager  - 7/19/2006

Mr. Berrios will be responsible for leading the company’s sales efforts, and managing its sales force.

More Space Place® Opens New Gallery In Newark, Delaware  - 7/19/2006

Products include a full collection of wall beds and Murphy beds, as well as custom closets, home offices, media centers, and organizational systems for utility rooms, pantries and garages.

WHFA's Retail Resource Center To Host Two Las Vegas Market Events  - 7/19/2006

Be Cool will be held Monday, July 24 from 5:30 -8:00 p.m. at the Ice House Lounge, just a couple of blocks away from the World Market Center.

Bob's Discount Furniture Promotes Michael Alpert  - 7/18/2006

Michael Alpert has been appointed regional manager for all Connecticut and Rhode Island Bob's Discount Furniture stores.

Stanley Furniture Reports Second Quarter Sales Decrease  - 7/18/2006

Sales decline attributed to overall current weak industry conditions.

Weekly Furniture News Briefs & Links  - 7/17/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

TruckSkin Announces Live Graphic Installation Demos at the Las Vegas Furniture Market  - 7/17/2006

TruckSkin will be installing both changeable truck side graphics and adhesive cab wraps at booth 72339 (south hall) of the LV Convention Center.

Gabberts Furniture and Design Studio Holds $12,000,000 Furniture Sell-Off & Remodeling Sale  - 7/17/2006

Retailer takes dramatic steps to update store and reorganize product selection, emphasizing the updated and stylish home furnishings that are becoming so popular.

Mexican Manufacturers to Make Their U.S. Debut at Las Vegas Market  - 7/15/2006

This unique exhibit called Canaco Tlaquepaque will be located at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall.

The Rowe Companies Announces Higher Second Quarter Net Loss  - 7/15/2006

As net loss widens, company initiates a hiring freeze, travel restrictions, and other cost saving efforts.

Las Vegas Market Boosts Line-up of Juvenile Furnishings  - 7/15/2006

Offerings will include a 20,000 square foot showcase on the ninth floor of World Market Center’s Building A, as well as an expanded juvenile section at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Design Gallery Exhibitors Make Grand Plans for Summer Las Vegas Market  - 7/13/2006

The Design Gallery is a hand-picked showcase of spectacular designs by some of home furnishing’s most progressive designers.

High Point Announces Stricter Monday Opening Day Rules  - 7/12/2006

The IHFMA has asked market participants and showroom buildings to abide by the Monday opening date of October 16th, 2006.

Leath Furniture Has New Owners  - 7/12/2006

Under the terms of the management led buyout, the Company will continue to operate all 27 stores in 6 states under the Leath Furniture and Modernage banners.

Interactive Health® launches New Robotic Massage Chair  - 7/12/2006

New chair will be shown for the first time at the Las Vegas Furniture Market, July 24-28.

Furniture Executives, 2005 Comparative Annual Summary  - 7/12/2006

Overview of the furntiure industry in 2005 and forecast for upcoming business from BDO Seidman.

GERS Partners with ApprovalWare  - 7/12/2006

Software solution to deliver Integrated, multimedia / multi-lender consumer credit decisions.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Hires Three Executives  - 7/11/2006

The nation’s largest Craftsman-Direct® mattress retailer fills merchandise manager, retail sales trainer and director of assembly systems positions.

Former Hecht's Mattress Buyer Joins Knickerbocker Bed Company  - 7/11/2006

Knickerbocker Bed Company has appointed Frank Tamburelli as sales manager responsible for leading the company’s expanded programs with national accounts.

New Jersey Sales Tax Hike Collection Information  - 7/11/2006

MFA provides rules for furniture retailers about the timing for collecting the New Jersey sales tax hike.

Ethan Allen Reports Delivered Sales For Year Of $1.066 Billion  - 7/11/2006

Annual sales exceeding $1 billion represents a milestone for the Company.

Hooker Furniture Reports Net Sales Increase Of 2.3% For Quarter  - 7/10/2006

For the year-to-date six months, Hooker Furniture achieved net sales of $176.0 million, representing a $6.8 million, or 4.0% increase.

"Mattress Firm" Appoints Vice President of Marketing  - 7/10/2006

Andrews is a seasoned veteran having worked for several large, national retailers including Famous Footwear, Michaels Stores and May Department Stores.

Kingsdown Names David Kresser Regional Vice President of Sales  - 7/7/2006

In this newly created executive position, Mr. Kresser will report to Rob Jelinek, Vice President of Sales for North America.

Sandberg Furniture and Melrose Home Collections To Team Up At Las Vegas Show  - 7/7/2006

Two new Sandberg Furniture collections will be accented with Melrose Home Collections new Readytoship top of the bed ensemble program.

WHFA’s Sharron Bradley Appointed to NFBA Board  - 7/7/2006

Furniture banks collect used home furnishings from the general public, then donate them to needy families such as survivors of natural disasters, women and children escaping domestic violence, and working families living below the poverty line.

AHFA Offers "Branding Boot Camp" At August Meeting  - 7/6/2006

The Marketing Meeting and PR Workshop will be held at the Westin Savannah Harbor and is open to AHFA members and non-members.

AHFA Offers August Global Supply Chain Conference  - 7/6/2006

Among key presentations will be “The Seven Principals of Supply Chain Management,” a succinct strategy to help managers balance stormy conditions and, in the process, help their companies achieve profitable growth.

Haverty Furniture Reports June Written Orders Up 4%  - 7/6/2006

Havertys' June sales increased 9.5% to $71.7 million, compared with $65.5 million in June 2005.

IKEA Announces Appointment of Manager For New Round Rock, TX Store  - 7/6/2006

The store will be the Swedish company's third in Texas and 29th in the U.S.

Amisco Posts Sales Decline For First Half  - 7/5/2006

Company net sales fell to $9.2 million during the quarter ended June 3, 2006, down 14.8%.

Weekly Furniture News Briefs & Links  - 7/5/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

Five New Chair Designs Given Top Honors  - 7/5/2006

Promosedia International Design Competition gives awards to five chair designs to be featured at 2006 show.

Morris Furniture Co., Raises $50,000 For Children's Medical Center  - 7/5/2006

During the event, two vendors and one sales representative were recognized for outstanding service, dedication and support.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - April 2006  - 7/5/2006

Retail reports continue to be spotty on the furniture side. Business just does not seem to create any momentum as it gets a little better, then falls off again.

Investor Pays $16 Million For High Point Building  - 6/30/2006

Broker says he received six offers (three of which were full price or more) for Market on Green Building.

New Wood Packaging Rules For Imported Furniture To Take Effect On July 5th  - 6/30/2006

Wood imports not having a required stamp will face immediate re-export.

ASFD Seeks Furniture Design Award Entries  - 6/30/2006

Portfolios will be judged on designs manufactured for the North American retail home furnishings market.

Course For Furniture Reps To Be Held In Las Vegas, August 20 to 24  - 6/30/2006

Topics to include: Role of the Representative in the New Millennium; Conducting Effective Sales Meetings/Communication Toolbox; Helping Your Customers Improve Profitability; Learning About Your Business.

Hickory Hardware Names Three Key Sales and Marketing Executives  - 6/30/2006

The new appointments are Jon Valsvik as first vice president of retail sales, and David Fields and Tina Payne Hunt as channel marketing managers.

Wickes Furniture showcased at Gallery of Homes  - 6/29/2006

The 4,400 square foot, four bedroom home is decorated in warm earth tones with splashes of deep purple. All rooms feature Wickes furniture groups and accessories.

126-year old Kornmeyer’s Gets New Name, New Look  - 6/29/2006

Kornmeyer’s HomeSmart gets store makeover by GRID2, a leading New York-based retail design firm and plans a grand re-opening celebration.

More Space Place Opens New Nasville, TN Gallery  - 6/29/2006

The new 1900 square-foot concept store features 15 vignettes of More Space Place’s line of space-saving products.

Kimberly Wray To Direct The High Point Market's Marketing Efforts  - 6/28/2006

Kimberley Wray will be the new vice president of marketing for the International Home Furnishings Market.

World Market Center Announces Lineup of Educational Seminars & Events  - 6/28/2006

World Market Center is sponsoring seminars delving into the most recent design trends and use of colors in the home furnishings industry, all of which are free to attendees of Las Vegas Market.

WithIt Announces Keynote Speakers For Furniture Educational Conference  - 6/27/2006

Summer seminar in Charlotte, NC, explores business trends, business wellness and professional strategies.

Internet Retailer - Great Priced Furniture - Expands Operations  - 6/27/2006

North Carolina retailer's new warehouse facility will have improved access, loading docks and a new racking system to store furniture for shipment world-wide.

WithIt Presents Hot Trends Talk at Las Vegas Market  - 6/27/2006

Industry veteran Mary Liz Curtin will present Hot Trends and Timeless Traditions: What's Selling, Who's Buying and Where are They Shopping? at the World Market Center this summer.

7 Easy Steps to Vaporize a Customer's Objections  - 6/27/2006

An objecting customer is a good thing--it means the customer is interested enough in his solution to talk about it.

Vegas Gift & Accessory Show To Debut At July Las Vegas Market  - 6/26/2006

Las Vegas Market’s newest show-within-the-show will feature products, trends & resources.

Rooms To Go To Begin Liquidation of Louisiana Based Kirshman's  - 6/26/2006

RTG plans to convert the stores to the Rooms To Go nameplate by September and has enlisted Great American Group to assist with the liquidation of inventory at Kirschman's four Louisiana locations.

Harvey N. Dondero Resigns As Broyhill's President & CEO  - 6/26/2006

Tom Foy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Furniture Brands will step in to oversee day-to-day operations.

Bernie & Phyl's Donates Furniture To Teen Center  - 6/26/2006

Bernie & Phyl’s provided new furnishings for the Dimock Teen Center. Hundreds of volunteers, including Red Sox players, City Year, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, joined the restoration effort.

Why Your Customers Buy  - 6/26/2006

Brian Tracy advises identifying the specific tangible benefits your customer will enjoy from ownership and use of your product or service.

Furniture Retailer Takes Entire Staff To High Point Market  - 6/23/2006

Furniture Market in Waynesboro and Schier's of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania treated store staff to an educational and inspirational experience.

Lifestyle Design Interiors™ Buying Group To Offer Services To Members During Las Vegas Market  - 6/23/2006

Member clients will be offered the experience of a well-planned and coordinated buying excursion within the confines of one location.

MAC Commercial Finance Adds Industry Veterans to Commercial Services Division  - 6/23/2006

GMAC Commercial Finance provides asset-based lending, equipment finance/leasing, structured finance, factoring and supplier early payment services.

Department Stores Losing Their Edge with Luxury Shoppers  - 6/23/2006

Wal-Mart and other discount stores have siphoned off sales from lower-income customers, while the luxury shoppers, long the most loyal customers of department stores, are turning to other shopping destinations.

Gene Rosenberg (Bob's Discount Furniture & Planned Furniture Promotions) & Wife Anja Donate $3 Million  - 6/23/2006

Co-founder of Bob's Discount Furniture, and planned promotion specialist, Planned Furniture Promotions, Inc. (PFP), an affiliate Of Gene Rosenberg Associates, LLC; along with his wife Anja, have made a $3 million leadership gift to the Hebrew Health Center’s “Second Century Campaign: Caring for Generations."

Office Furniture Industry Calls On Canadian Government To Reconsider Plan  - 6/23/2006

A new purchasing program would cancel recently assigned standing offers and could award sole-source national contracts.

The Board™ Space Planning Systems Has New Las Vegas Showroom  - 6/22/2006

The company will be demonstrating a beta version of this new program DesignLinx Online, which is sure to revolutionize space planning.

WithIt Sponsors Expert Advice on Trends In Atlanta  - 6/21/2006

Panel of four professional designers will identify the latest trends in home fashions, including color direction and decorative accessories design.

David Koehler Named New Regional VP For La-Z-Boy  - 6/21/2006

Koehler most recently was the Texas regional manager/general manager of the Dallas stores for Haverty’s Furniture Company.

Vermont Furniture Manufacturers To Show In Las Vegas  - 6/21/2006

Their 2000 sq. ft. exhibit, a freestanding pavilion, will be a reflection of Vermont furniture and accessories manufacturing.

WHFA Retailer Resource Center Expands For July Las Vegas  - 6/21/2006

The RRC boasts many business opportunities and luxuries that retailers have become accustomed to during the Las Vegas Market.

Cathy Smith Joins Weiman As VP Merchandising  - 6/21/2006

Smith will be responsible for product development, fabric selection, creation of new sales aids, and product presentations at markets.

Temporary Exhibit Space for July Las Vegas Market Grows by Nearly 70 percent  - 6/21/2006

More than 1,500 exhibitors will showcase products and design concepts; the largest, most diverse Market yet.

APA Marketing To Introduce Entrée Casual Dining In Las Vegas  - 6/21/2006

The name fits well with their highly successful home entertainment division, Encore Home Entertainment.

Consumer Confidence Down 26 Percentage Points  - 6/21/2006

Britt Beemer tells retail execs that American shoppers are feeling a credit crunch.

Levitz Furniture Names Chief Financial Officer  - 6/20/2006

Kathy Guinnessey formerly with with Dun & Bradstreet will oversee finance, accounting, financial planning & analysis internal audit, payroll, treasury and loss prevention.

Daniel Lynch Sales Company Appoints Sales Coodinators  - 6/18/2006

Their primary responsibility will be to facilitate and implement a 92 year old Sales Event Campaign, for upper market retail furniture stores.

Ethan Allen Port Richey, FL Store Raises $2 Million With Store Closing Sale  - 6/16/2006

Chain of Ethan Allen Home Interiors Stores consolidates operations and does 60% of their annual volume in 5 weeks.

STORIS Announces the Release of the Robust Revision 8.2  - 6/16/2006

Revision 8.2 includes vigorous enhancements, streamlined functionality and additional applications for home furnishings retailers.

Stanley Furniture Lowers Revenue and Earnings Guidance  - 6/16/2006

The Company now anticipates a sales decline of 8% to 10% compared to record shipments of $83.6 million in the second quarter of 2005.

Pier 1 Imports Reports Another Quarterly Loss  - 6/16/2006

Company cites weak traffic in wake of recent reorganization in their merchandise assortment.

imm cologne Meets World Market Center Las Vegas  - 6/16/2006

The Cologne show will present a unique selection of European design furniture and trend materials at the July Las Vegas show.

Brazilian Furniture Debuts at Las Vegas Market  - 6/15/2006

The Brazilian group will have the participation of 16 exhibiting companies, as part of the project called Brazilian Furniture, co-sponsored by APEX-Brazil (Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) and controlled by ABIMOVEL (Brazilian Manufacturers Furniture Association).

Golden Gate Logistics Acquires Global Link Logistics  - 6/15/2006

Global Link, based in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the leading providers of ocean and brokerage services to North American furniture importers.

aspenhome™ To Lauch First Full Line Collection In Las Vegas  - 6/15/2006

Barolo, a 100+ piece introduction, includes complete home office, home entertainment, bedroom, dining room, occasional and signature leather.

Michael Gennet Joins Weiman Furniture  - 6/14/2006

Plans to help integrate strengths of Weiman’s upholstery line with Interlude Home’s contemporary, occasional, and accessory products.

Local Internet Shopping Service Experiences 300% Growth in 2006  - 6/14/2006

Company grows by helping local retailers to build an online merchandising presence.

Cory Home Delivery Restructures Senior Management  - 6/14/2006

Third generation family members Joe Cory, Jr., Kevin Cory and Patrick Cory named to top management positions.

Mattress Firm Completes Acquisition of 26-Store Metropolitan Mattress  - 6/12/2006

Houston-based Mattress Firm’s total store count nationwide is now over 340 locations in 32 markets across 19 states.

SCFMA Names 2006 Apollo Awards Finalists  - 6/12/2006

The Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service in sales of summer and casual home furnishings.

AKTRIN's Forecast For Spending On Furniture & Bedding  - 6/12/2006

Forecast for 4.0% furniture consumption growth in 2006 bringing market value to about $ 82 billion this year.

Emerson et Cie leadership moves to second generation  - 6/12/2006

Mark Emerson Smith named President of the High Point based, higher-end home furnishings source.

Broyhill Furniture Expands Merchandise Team  - 6/12/2006

Fran Scheller spent the last 28 years with Hecht’s Department Store, a division of the May Company in Arlington, Virginia.

Tracy Lawrence To Give Free Concert At Las Vegas Market  - 6/12/2006

Well known country music performer to entertain attendees at the World Market Center this July 26th.

La-Z-Boy Honors Top Performing Galleries  - 6/12/2006

The awards honored the top-performing free-standing proprietary stores based on 2005 shipments.

World Market Center Las Vegas Gets Approval For Building #3 & Parking Garage  - 6/9/2006

World Market Center plans to pull permits and break ground on Phase 3 in the fourth quarter of 2006 with an 18-month construction timeline.

Wine Country Design Seminar Presented By San Francisco Mart  - 6/9/2006

Trade-only seminar, presented by author Mary Whitesides during the Summer Home Furnishings show.

IHFC To Introduce New Designer Preview Magazine  - 6/9/2006

Designer Preview will be mailed to a targeted list that includes every interior designer who has registered at the three previous High Point shows.

Nominees For ROY Awards For Rug Retailing Announced  - 6/9/2006

Annual ROY Awards to be presented on July 16 during The Atlanta International Area Rug Market.

Furniture Retailer Walter E. Smithe Has Fun with its Marketing  - 6/9/2006

Using known Chicago news personalities, mock news announcements were aired, stating that Wrigley Field would be named Walter E. Smithe Field!

Hooker Furniture to Close Roanoke, Virginia Plant  - 6/9/2006

The move results from decreased order and shipment rates for the portion of Hooker products that are domestically made.

STORIS Introduces the Executive Dashboard  - 6/9/2006

The Executive Dashboard is a sales performance application for retailers that displays up to eight windows containing sales performance indicators.

Henredon To Open "Henredon Brand" Store  - 6/9/2006

The store is the latest addition to Henredon’s distribution network, which includes trade showrooms, better department stores, and independently owned retail stores and galleries.

New Exhibitors At West Coast Casual Furniture Pre-Market Show  - 6/9/2006

Barlow Tyrie and Carter Grandle have joined the West Coast Casual Furniture Pre-Market being held in August.

Broyhill To Close Its Pacemaker Case Goods Plant  - 6/9/2006

Cites competitive pressures from imports as reason for the closing of the 522,000 sq. ft. factory.

La-Z-Boy Reports Fourth-Quarter Sales Decline of 10.1%  - 6/7/2006

Company reports lower sales but improved margins as changes to their underlying cost structure take effect.

Emergency Request For Donated Furniture  - 6/7/2006

The office received a rather urgent call this morning from Furnish a Future, a division of the Partnership for the Homeless. Their inventory is literally bare.

Richter Designs To Open New Factory In Mexico  - 6/7/2006

Richter's customers include such upscale retail chains as William Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie and Restoration Hardware.

Bombay Company Announces New CEO  - 6/6/2006

Mr. Stewart brings over 35 years of retailing experience, having served in key management and merchandising positions at various specialty retailers and department stores in the US and Canada.

New Chief Executive Officer For Natuzzi  - 6/6/2006

Ernesto Greco was formerly CFO of Bulgari, a world leader in the luxury goods business.

IFDA Trailblazers Granted Lifetime Membership Status  - 6/6/2006

A complete list of the International Furnishings and Design Association's past Trailblazer winners can be viewed at www.ifda.com.

Asia To US Shipping Lines Raise Surcharges  - 6/6/2006

Container shipping lines operating from Asia to the U.S. are concerned that even a modest peak season in the summer and fall months will cause disruptions and have major cost impacts on their operations.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair Attendance Increases  - 6/6/2006

Attendance totaled 23,177, up 8% over 2005.

Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft To Be Held In July  - 6/6/2006

Thousands of retailers will attend the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft this July to stock their shelves for the upcoming holiday gift season.

Lexington Home Brands Announces the Appointment of an Interim CEO  - 6/5/2006

Mr. Asher Lepkin has been named Interim CEO and will work with the existing management team to implement the growth strategy begun under Bob Stec's leadership.

Patrick Norton Of La-Z-Boy To Retire  - 6/5/2006

Norton, 84, joined La-Z-Boy in 1981 and became Chairman of the Board in 1997. He is widely credited with transforming the company by building its brand.

Haverty Furniture Reports Sales Increase for May  - 6/5/2006

On a comparable-store basis, May sales increased 17.9%.

Reasearch Study To Probe Changing Market For Art & Wall Decor  - 6/5/2006

Overall spending by "luxury consumers" is down as consumers purchase better quality in furniture stores and other alternative channels.

MGM Transport Announces Direct Pick-Up In The Midwest  - 6/5/2006

Direct pick-up service from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan to be offered to their current dealer base in the Northeast.

Sleep Country USA Opens New Store in Portland, OR  - 6/5/2006

Opening features “Princess and the Pea” event that offers participants a chance to win a $1,000 Sleep Country USA gift certificate.

Vietnam Resource Group Organizes Trade Mission For US Furniture Buyers To Visit Show  - 6/5/2006

The annual International Furniture, Handicraft and Giftware EXPO is scheduled from Oct. 4th to 6th, 2006 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Furniture Brands International Announces Donald E. Lasater's Resignation from Board  - 6/5/2006

Mr. Lasater, retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mercantile Bancorporation, has been a Director of Furniture Brands and its predecessor INTERCO INCORPORATED since 1970.

Casual Furniture Industry Announces 2006 Lifetime Achievement Honorees  - 6/4/2006

Allen Swers and W.C. Vice to be honored at September event

Furniture Buying Index Steady Since February  - 6/4/2006

Consumers are still cautious about furniture buying because of higher gas prices, and many consumers will wait until Fall to see how gas prices will affect their furniture buying decisions.

Farooq Kathwari of Ethan Allen Interiors To Receive Humanitarian Award  - 6/4/2006

Mr. Kathwari has a long involvement in humanitarian activities, most recently providing material support for reconstruction in post-Taliban Afghanistan, and sponsoring dialogue between Indians and Pakistanis seeking a peaceful solution to the dispute over Kashmir.

Dallas Furniture Bank Names Mary Frye to Board of Directors  - 5/31/2006

Through this appointment, she hopes to engage the home furnishings industry in the mission of furniture banks and re-direct usable furniture into the hands of those in need.

IKEA Expands In Midwest With Canton, MI Store Opening  - 5/31/2006

Grand Opening Plans for IKEA Canton on June 7, 2006 to Include Festivities, Flag-raisings, Log-Sawing, Community Involvement and Recognition of Customers.

Trivett’s Furniture Recognized For Large Sales Gains  - 5/31/2006

Virginia based retailer recently received Gold Level Award from Lane Industries.

ASID Illinois Chapter To Host 75th Anniversary Celebration  - 5/31/2006

Open to ASID members and the design community, the big event will be held in conjunction with the ASID-IL Chapter's annual meeting.

Restoration Hardware, Inc. Reports First Quarter Net Loss  - 5/30/2006

Company sales improve for quarter as net losses narrow to $3.5 million.

Hong Kong Furniture Fair To Debut In October  - 5/30/2006

The Hong Kong International Furniture Fair is the first-ever trade fair in Hong Kong that features a wide selection of high-end furniture.

New Sleep Sync System™ To Be Introduced By Boyd In Las Vegas  - 5/30/2006

New system helps retail salespeople to match the appropriate pillow and mattress, resulting in greater mattress accessory sales.

BERMANFALK Appoints Matthew Quetton Director Design & Marketing  - 5/30/2006

The appointment comes on the heel of a new acquisition for BERMANFALK and will streamline design and marketing for the organization.

WMC Helps Las Vegas Exhibitors Plan For Successful Market  - 5/30/2006

The series will feature four informational topics presented in two web-based education sessions.

New Fabric Treatment Provides Protection From Bacteria, Mold & Mildew  - 5/30/2006

Antimicrobial from Goldshield™ will provide upholstery fabrics and bedding with long-term shield against contamination.

Becker Furniture World To Host "Survivor" Casting Call  - 5/30/2006

Home furnishings retailer to host television show casting call at their 300,000 foot home furnishings showroom in Minnesota.

La-Z-Boy Canada To Raise Money For Breast Cancer  - 5/30/2006

La-Z-Boy teams up with The Quilt: A Breast Cancer Support Project, to raise money and support for breast cancer survivors.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - May 2006  - 5/30/2006

Spotty business and higher consumer costs for fuel, cable, Internet, cell phones, satellite radio and credit card debt are a concern.

Reservation Deadline Nears For ADL Dinner Honoring Industry Leaders in NYC  - 5/26/2006

Wayne and Rod Johansen of HOM Furniture and Bill Wittenberg of Berkline/BenchCraft will be honored in New York City on June 8th.

Anthony J. Spitaleri, Jr. Of Spitaleri Furniture Passes  - 5/26/2006

Mr. Spitaleri was retired from Spitaleri Furniture in South River, NJ.

ABIMAD 2007 Show Offers US Retailers Free Trip To Brazil  - 5/25/2006

To qualify for a free trip to ABIMAD 2007 and for further information, retailers can contact the fair organizers.

La-Z-Boy Names Corporate Controller  - 5/25/2006

Mr Copping replaces Louis M. ("Mike") Riccio, Jr., who will succeed David Risley as Chief Financial Officer.

Natuzzi S.p.A. Announces First Quarter 2006 Sales Increases  - 5/25/2006

Company returns to profitability as a result of the restructuring actions taken. American sales up 6.5%.

Badcock Corporate Stores Led by New Executive  - 5/24/2006

Dave Gonyea promoted to VP of Corporate Retail Operations.

Select Comfort Corporation Names Ernie Park SVP and CIO  - 5/23/2006

Mr. Park brings knowledge of information systems that is seen by Select Comfort as an important foundation for building a great company.

New Wholesale American Craft Expo Announced  - 5/23/2006

New wholesale trade show directed at the American and Canadian craft market will be held in Las Vegas in 2007.

IKEA Plans To Open Store In Orlando  - 5/23/2006

The 310,000 square-foot IKEA Orlando, with its 1,200 parking spaces, will be built on 22 acres and is IKEA's third store in the southeast US.

July Retail Lighting Event To Be Very Well Attended  - 5/23/2006

The one-day (no charge) event held in Somerset, NJ, will begin with an information program entitled "Selling Furniture in A New Light."

Rebecca Miller Joins Gabberts as General Manager  - 5/22/2006

Miller held senior positions at Target Corporation, Jostens, Right Management Consultants, and Morel Jewelers.

Box Props Set To Celebrate 25th Anniversary  - 5/22/2006

Maker of electronic props for the home furnishings industry announced that they plan to kick off a 25th anniversary celebration at the upcoming Las Vegas furniture show.

25 Organizations Pool Resources To Bring Entertainment To The High Point Market  - 5/22/2006

A number of sponsors joined the High Point Market Authority in an effort to make the show a more enjoyable experience for attendees.

Pulaski Furniture Corporation Launches Kids Furniture Design Contest  - 5/22/2006

Entries also will be judged in age categories, including: six and under; seven through nine; and 10 through 12 years of age.

Second New Jersey Bob's Discount Furniture Store To Open  - 5/19/2006

Fast-growing furniture retailer to open new store in Paramus on May 24th.

Haverty Furniture Announces Executive Promotions  - 5/19/2006

Haverty Furniture Companies promotes Janet E. Taylor, Steven M. Langer, Matt C. Scalf, Scott T. Miles, and Heather L. Wujek-Johns to key positions.

Kingsdown Names Jim Ross Vice President of Marketing  - 5/18/2006

A Sealy and Stearns & Foster veteran, Mr. Ross brings a wealth of experience to draw on at Kingsdown.

Hooker Furniture Revises Second Quarter Outlook  - 5/18/2006

A softening in business at retail has dampened their expectations for the current quarter.

IHFRA Installs New Officers  - 5/18/2006

Ray Isser became the 68th IHFRA president. He is a Certified Homefurnishings Representative and a member of the Tri-State Home Furnishings Association.

Retailer Parker Furniture To Host "North Carolina to Parker Market Show"  - 5/18/2006

Retail promotion with guest speakers, educational seminars, and free admission will draw design professionals and home furnishings enthusiasts to this Beaverton, Oregon event.

Bombay Announces First Quarter Revenue Declines  - 5/18/2006

Bedroom, dining room and KIDS categories had margin declines as a result of increased clearance activity.

Bob's Discount Furniture Spokesperson Recognized By Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  - 5/18/2006

Funds she raised will help support more than 2,000 Connecticut families affected by blood-related diseases.

"Designing Out" Survey Gauges Homeowner Perceptions Of Furnishing Outdoors  - 5/18/2006

More than a third (36%) of homeowners surveyed believe that their outdoor living space is “in dire need of a makeover.”

Correction Notice: Philips Retail Lighting Symposium Date  - 5/17/2006

The correct date for this one-day event is July 18 at the Philips Lighting Applications Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

BERMANFALK Acquires LDC Design Studio  - 5/17/2006

Specializing in clean, modern lines, LDC Design Studio designs complement existing BERMANFALK collections.

Weekly Furniture News Briefs & Links  - 5/16/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

New Website Offers Information For Retailers On Energy Tax Deductions  - 5/16/2006

The new website, lightingtaxdeduction.org, provides comprehensive education and implementation information about lighting upgrades and resulting tax deductions available to furniture retailers.

Design Within Reach Announces Winners of Champagne Chair Contest  - 5/16/2006

Much- anticipated yearly event, challenges participants to create a chair no larger than 4”x4”x4” from nothing more than the wire, cork and foil.

Unfinished Furniture Association To Host National Convention & Trade Show  - 5/16/2006

Only show of its kind is dedicated to unfinished furniture, accessories, and related products.

Solar-Powered Furniture To Be Featured At ICFF  - 5/16/2006

Furniture for a Solar Home, will feature six original prototypes developed by over 45 undergraduate interior design students.

Bograd's Fine Furniture Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Sale Event  - 5/16/2006

Daniel Lynch Sales will coordinate event to sell out the entire inventory so the showroom can be restocked with a brand new selection of products.

Spring 2006 High Point Market Registers 100,128 Furniture Professionals  - 5/15/2006

High Point Market Authority reported that attendees represented all facets of the home furnishings industry, including nearly 50,000 buyers.

317- Store Chain "Mattress Firm" Promotes Steve Stagner to President  - 5/15/2006

Mr. Stagner will have expanded responsibilities at the nation’s largest specialty retailer of top-of-the-line Sealy products and Tempur-Pedic mattresses.

Hall Named President and CEO of GMAC Commercial Finance  - 5/15/2006

Hall joins company that provides asset-based lending, equipment finance/leasing, structured finance, factoring and supplier early payment services.

Furniture First Receives Wells Fargo Financial Retail Services Award  - 5/15/2006

The annual award recognizes select clients for success achieved with their consumer private-label credit card program.

The Bombay Company Searches For New CEO  - 5/15/2006

Current CEO James D. Carreker will end his employment with the Company on June 3, 2006.

Houston Furniture & Accessory Market Expected To Be Completely Sold Out  - 5/15/2006

Karel Furniture & Accessory Market hits Houston for its 2nd successful year.

Retail Lighting Speakers Named For JULY 18th Event  - 5/12/2006

Topics include: The Perception and Psychology of Light and Color; Advanced Retail Lighting: How to Think About Lighting Your Showroom; The Right Light for the Least Cost.

ISPA and SPSC Team-Up in Preparation for New Flame Resistance Standards  - 5/12/2006

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and Sleep Products Safety Council (SPSC) announced new Flammability SHOPtalk workshops.

Whitewood Industries Promotes Division Heads to Presidency Roles  - 5/12/2006

Erik Kristiansen and Davis Beaston have been named to top posts.

La-Z-Boy Promotes Sawyer to SVP Corporate Operations  - 5/11/2006

Sawyer will be responsible for Information Technology, Transportation/Logistics and Corporate Fabric Procurement.

Kane's Furniture Voted #1 In Local Newspaper Survey  - 5/11/2006

Kane’s Furniture was recently named the Best Furniture Store in Temple Terrace by readers of The Temple Terrace News, a weekly community newspaper serving the residents of Tampa, Fla.

Showtime Fabric Market In High Point, June 4 - 7  - 5/11/2006

This will be the first June Showtime. More than 2,500 participants are expected to attend the free event.

Furniture Team adds Peter Tomeck As Senior Executive Recruiter  - 5/11/2006

Former Director of Operations, Customer Service and Human Resources at Breuner’s Home Furnishings Corporation will oversee retail and wholesale accounts in the Eastern U.S. for growing recruiting firm.

The Oriental Rug Importers Association Auction To Benefit Children's Charities  - 5/11/2006

Silent auction of valuable rugs benefiting ORIA’s Charitable Fund for Children to be held at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market.

Revenue Per Up- The Magic Number For Furniture Retailers  - 5/11/2006

RPU is more important than GMROI, Inventory Turns, and even more important than any number on your income statement.

Restoration Hardware Appoints New Chief Operating Officer  - 5/10/2006

Ken Dunaj joins home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware.

ASID Illinois Chapter Forms Speakers Bureau  - 5/10/2006

ASID-IL members are set to deliver in-person presentations on topics related to interior design, appropriate for both public/consumer organizations and professional business groups.

Leggett Announces New CEO & COO  - 5/10/2006

David S. Haffner has been named CEO. Karl G. Glassman succeeds Mr. Haffner as Chief Operating Officer.

Retailer High Fashion Home Supports AIDS Charity  - 5/9/2006

Charity event to benefit the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA).

Retail Lighting Event Planned For July 18th  - 5/9/2006

The symposium will bring a broad range of retailers together to discuss retail lighting techniques and technologies. Invitations for a limited number of seats are being sent to Top 100 retailers, regional chains and retailers with multiple stores.

2006 ASFD Design Contest Award Winners Announced  - 5/8/2006

The three top winners are all students at Kendall College of Art & Design (KCAD) located in Grand Rapids, Mi.

Las Vegas Unveils New Streamlined Online Registration  - 5/8/2006

A new fast-track option called “Quick Reg” has been created for attendees who have attended a past Market.

cmi Promotes Four To Management Positions  - 5/8/2006

Positions filled were Distribution & Quality Control Manager, National Accounts Sales Manager, Manufacturing Controller, and Retail Manager.

Study Forecasts Canadian Household Furniture Growth  - 5/8/2006

Study projects that 12.3% growth in Canadian households by 2015 will fuel furniture sales.

Furniture Brands International Sales Up 3%  - 5/4/2006

Stronger performing Brands – particularly Thomasville and Lane – drove meaningful year over year improvements.

Link It Software Launches Website That Tracks Vehicle Maintenance  - 5/4/2006

Companies large and small can now track preventative maintenance online.

Bombay Announces April Revenue Decline  - 5/4/2006

Average ticket and average unit retail both increased double digit while retail traffic declined. Furniture category continued to outperform the accessories and wall decor categories.

Erin Farrington Wins High Point University's Haverty Cup  - 5/4/2006

The Haverty Cup was established in 1988 by Rawson Haverty, Sr., Chairman of the Haverty Furniture Company, to honor annually the most outstanding home furnishings graduate of High Point University.

Sixth Annual HOME Awards Presented In High Point  - 5/4/2006

Kimberley Wray, editor of Furniture Insights, a monthly newsletter published by BDO Seidman, was the winner in the trade category.

Furniture Store Openings For the Week  - 5/4/2006

List of store and gallery openings for the week. Furninfo.com readers can send additional news releases to editor@furninfo.com.

Weekly News Briefs  - 5/4/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

Bob's Discount Furniture Children's Scholarship Art Contest  - 5/3/2006

Hundreds of children and their parents from five states are expected to attend the final event of the Second Annual Bob's Discount Furniture Children's Scholarship Art Contest at Wesleyan University.

Thomasville Furniture Closes Manufacturing Facility  - 5/3/2006

The affected facility, Plant D, is a 309,000 square foot case goods manufacturing facility and employs 278 people.

First Retail 6 Installation For Sofa Express and more!  - 5/2/2006

Leading-edge technology will allow the 30,000 foot operation to control all areas of their home furnishings retail environment.

Haverty Furniture Reports 2.4% (Comparable Store) Sales Decrease For April  - 5/2/2006

Written sales orders were off modestly for the first two months of 2006.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Same Store Revenues Up 10.7%  - 5/2/2006

Company revenues expected to be in excess of $1.3 billion (excluding revenues of franchisees).

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports First Quarter Sales Increase of 2.8%  - 5/2/2006

New programs and products introduced for their Peters-Revington, Silver Furniture, Cochrane Furniture and Sumter brands.

It's Buying, Silly - Part 7  - 5/2/2006

The way salespeople frame customers’ objections largely determines whether they will see them as roadblocks to be blasted out or as steppingstones to assist their progress. Positive minded salespeople reframe objections: they never think of them as something to be overcome, but simply as something to come over.

Research Reveals American Consumers May Be Tired of Shopping  - 5/2/2006

Instead of shopping this year, taxpayers are taking 40% to 50% of refund checks to pay down debt, pay off credit cards says America's Research Group study.

Furniture Buying Index Up Slightly In April  - 5/2/2006

The Index is still not at strong as it was in January, but it is showing a slight upward turn.

Survey Shows Americans Ignore Steps To Improve Sleep and Mood  - 5/2/2006

May is Better Sleep Month and Mental Health Month; The Better Sleep Council and National Mental Health Association unite to communicate critical link between sleep and emotional well-being.

Joe Ruggiero Designs Bold Introductions For Norwalk  - 5/2/2006

Ruggiero forecasted a distinct warming trend throughout several of his new fabric themes.

Key Staff Changes For Retailer Newport Nation, Newport Furnishings  - 5/2/2006

Kathie Julian, Judi Kelly and Brigitte Dayton assume top positions for retailer with multiple warehouse showroom and extended showroom locations.

Custom Design Software Announces Compatibility With QuckBooks  - 4/29/2006

Furniture retailers can now use QuickBooks or the integrated accounting package built into the Custom Design Software package.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - April 2006  - 4/28/2006

Surprising results show that the furniture industry is holding up better than the "street talk" indicates.

Legacy Classic Kids Recognizes Three "Retailers of the Year" In High Point  - 4/28/2006

Wickes Furniture, Star Furniture, and Puritan Juvenile Furniture were honored.

High Point Furniture Bank Opens  - 4/27/2006

High Point exhibitors can now donate furniture directly to a local Furniture Bank. MGM Transport donates transportation services.

Robb & Stucky Will Be First To Run High Definition Televison Commercials  - 4/27/2006

Created by LBC Advertising, the commercials will be running on COX Communication’s system in Phoenix, AZ,

More Space Place® Gallery Opens In North Myrtle Beach, SC  - 4/27/2006

The state-of-the-art organizational furniture store features 23 vignettes of the More Space Place’s line of space-saving products.

Las Vegas Market Awarded ‘Best New Show’ Honors By EXPO Magazine  - 4/26/2006

Las Vegas Market was recognized for its inaugural home and hospitality furnishings event that attracted 60,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibiting companies.

Fagnidi Line of Couture Furnishings with African Roots Makes High Point Debut  - 4/26/2006

Line brings together the traditions of West African Culture with the universal need for comfort and desire for luxury. 

$3.5 Million Verlo facility set to be unveiled in May  - 4/26/2006

This new Grand Chute facility currently hosts the largest showroom floor space in the 62-store national franchise.

Ethan Allen Reports Higher Third Quarter Results  - 4/24/2006

Sales increase 15% and earnings per share increase 18%. Farooq Kathwari cites several reasons, including new product offerings, for excellent results.

New River Casual Furniture Announces Quick Ship Program  - 4/24/2006

In-stock strategy offers a 48-Hour Quick-Ship commitment of premium, handcrafted leisure furniture through Liberty Warehousing.

FurnitureDealer.net To Give Away Free 14 Point Internet Assessments In High Point  - 4/24/2006

Helpful tool for retailers evaluates internet effectiveness, provides competitive analysis and is valued at $595.

WithIt And MMPI To Host Tent Party In High Point  - 4/24/2006

Mingle, relax with cocktails and refreshments, hear live music and enter a raffle to benefit the Withit Scholarship Fund.

Study Focuses On GenXers And The Market For Luxury Goods  - 4/24/2006

In 2005, luxury consumers of the GenX generation, born from 1965 to 1976, spent 28 percent more than Boomers on average on home luxury goods.

Urban Classics Uses GE's Trade Flow Finance Service  - 4/24/2006

Program provides attractive financing to support more sales of "Urban Classics Galleries" case goods and accessories.

American / Asian Trading Company Makes Nationwide News.  - 4/24/2006

Partnership between Pennsylvania-based components maker Catawissa Lumber and Chinese furniture designer Baili Fine Arts & Crafts, made headlines for opening up new markets worldwide. High end, hand crafted furnishings to be shown in High Point.

Levitz Furniture Names New Divisional Merchandise Managers  - 4/24/2006

Carol Glaser has been named Divisional Merchandise Manager, Furnishings. David Wallens has been appointed Divisional Merchandise Manager, Work & Play and Accessories.

IHFC Building Begins Comprehensive Upgrade, Including Dramatic Transformation of Commerce Lobby and Exterior  - 4/24/2006

The International Home Furnishings Center in High Point has launched the “Market Central” project featuring a multi-million-dollar renovation plus new services and amenities.

Free Minor Medical Care at International Home Furnishings Market  - 4/24/2006

Care will again be provided from the Hospital's HOPE Unit, which will be parked in a central location on Wrenn Street, behind the Radisson Hotel.

MIFF Show Attracts More International Furniture Buyers  - 4/24/2006

Successful Malaysian show breaks attendance records for international visitors and paves the way for March 2007 show.

Tempur-Pedic International Reports First Quarter Earnings Rise  - 4/21/2006

Net sales rose 3%. Sales in the U.S. furniture retail channel grew 14%.

RomWeber Expands Custom Choices Product Line  - 4/21/2006

This High Point Market introduction will include a "his and her" home office with design elements appropriate for each.

Lee To Introduce Shabby Chic Youth Bedroom In High Point  - 4/21/2006

Collection is a balance of "elegant things" with imperfect accessories incorporating soft delicate colors and a mixture of materials.

American Drew To Make 18 Century, Art Deco and Casual Styled Introductions  - 4/21/2006

American Drew to Introduce the Edinboro collection, the Via Delano bedroom/ dining room collection and expand their PROFILES line.

EQ3™ To Open New Accessory Showroom In High Point  - 4/21/2006

EQ3 accessories including tableware, frames, clocks, bedding, pillows, lighting, rugs and decorative items will be on display.

Tupelo Furniture Market Announces New 2007 Market Dates  - 4/21/2006

The 2006 fall Tupelo Furniture Market will officially open on Wednesday, August 16th, as previously scheduled.

Top Retailers To Attend WHFA Conference In Hawaii  - 4/21/2006

WHFA Executive Director Sharron Bradley said the registrations represent an excellent cross-section of the home furnishings retail industry.

NJ, NY Representative Danny Fastenberg Passes  - 4/21/2006

IHFC Steps Up Services for Interior Designers  - 4/21/2006

Improvements include new Designer Preview and an enhanced Resource Center.

O'Sullivan Names Walters CEO, Steinhorst Promoted to CFO  - 4/20/2006

Experienced officers charged with positioning the company to achieve future strength.

Magnussen To Celebrate 75th Birthday With Special Events In High Point  - 4/20/2006

Magnussen has plans for professional entertainment and the building of a giant 12 by 12 foot, 25-ton sand sculpture.

Kincaid Product Catalog Recognized With Design Award  - 4/20/2006

The Artisan's Shoppe catalog was the top entry in a category open to catalogs of more than 32 pages, printed in four or more colors.

Furniture Retailers Help Themselves By Supporting Furniture Banks  - 4/20/2006

Open letter to furniture industry urges furniture retailers to help Furniture Banks effort to get gently used home furnishings from the general public, then give it to families in need.

Lesli Chastain Named Merchandising & Design Manager at Magnussen Home  - 4/20/2006

Chastain is responsible for the direction of product design for the Magnussen Home collections for the dining room, bedroom and Biltmore Estate For Your Home collections.

Brazilian Furniture Association Debuts In High Point  - 4/20/2006

Nine ABIMAD members will will be showing for the first time in spaces in Interhall and Green wings in the IHFC building.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Opens New Exhibit In High Point  - 4/19/2006

The American Furniture Hall of Fame is honoring its 68 members with an exhibit in the entrance to the Plaza Suites Building on Main Street, in High Point.

C.R. Laine To Introduce the New Jessica McClintock Upholstered Furniture Collection  - 4/19/2006

This new collection will feature twenty frames which make up an eclectic yet cohesive line including sofas, settees, and chairs.

The Harden Home Studio™ To Launch in High Point  - 4/19/2006

Retail concept allows consumers to customize upholstery and case goods furnishings from the 162-year old manufacturer.

Stanley Furniture Reports First Quarter Sales Increase  - 4/19/2006

Net sales of $83.5 million increased 0.7% from record first quarter sales in 2005.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Announce MS Walk Partnership  - 4/19/2006

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores (VMFS) of Greater Milwaukee announced its partnership and participation in the 2006 MS Walk.

Global Furniture USA To Celebrate Opening Of New High Point Showroom  - 4/19/2006

New 10,000 ft. showroom to be located in the former Michelangelo space. Company also opens new, larger headquarters.

Getting A Free Lunch In High Point  - 4/19/2006

Comprehensive information about the free refreshments and events is available on the IHFMA website at www.highpointmarket.org.

International Wood Products Association Convention A Success  - 4/19/2006

Over 350 convention attendees representing 23 countries attended the 2006 World of Wood.

Elway Home by Bassett To Show New High Tech Pieces In High Point  - 4/19/2006

Pieces respond to trends for on-demand media, wireless configurations, shrinking hardware, and organic styling.

Links To "Lets Talk Trash" And Other Recent FURNITURE WORLD Articles  - 4/18/2006

In addition to the retail trash and recycling feature, topics include: Sales Ah-Ha’s; Downside Of Dealing With Experienced Salespeople; Compensation Strategies For Top Performance; Driving Sales: Consumer Finance Programs - Part 3; Are You Being Held Hostage By Your Repair People?; Ad Strategies For The Big Box Invasion - Part 3.

Sleep Country USA Opens Bend, OR Store With Fairytale Contest  - 4/18/2006

"Princess and the Pea” event gives customers a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate.

La-Z-Boy Store and Gallery Openings  - 4/18/2006

Company announces addition of a new gallery in Washington, Mo., and the opening of a new store in Metairie, La.

Hong Kong International Furniture Show 2006  - 4/18/2006

the October Hong Kong International Furniture Fair will present a convenient and comfortable buying environment for international furniture buyers.

Broyhill Expands Management Team with Special Accounts Manager  - 4/17/2006

Rebecca Smith will be handling all specialty markets and alternate distribution with specific products developed for those markets.

US Department Of Commerce Grants Trade Fair Certification To CMP Sinoexpo International Exhibition Company  - 4/17/2006

U.S. firms will be offered prime exhibition space to exhibit at the Furniture China 2006/ZOW Show in Shanghai, China.

Furniture Buying Index Inches Up Gradually  - 4/17/2006

Brit Beemer attributes slow sales to a consumer focus on home exteriors and later filing or income taxes.

Butler To Showcase 15 New Hand-Painted Finishes In High Point  - 4/17/2006

Overall, Butler will unveil more than 150 new fashion-forward products across 11 diverse collections in High Point.

Driving Sales: Consumer Finance Programs - Part 3  - 4/17/2006

This series continues with a discussion of boosting sales by managing your primary, secondary and in-house credit offerings.

Sealy Posts Sales Growth of 10.2% in the First Quarter  - 4/17/2006

Net income was $24.3 million, compared with $21.9 million from the same period a year ago, an increase of 11.2%.

Excelsior Designs To Introduce Unique Contemporary "Oasis" Line In High Point  - 4/17/2006

The distinctive assortment includes mod chairs, curvaceous bar tables and barstools, floor lamps, pendant lighting, and stand alone accessories.

Symetri and BailComm Join To Supply Internet Marketing Programs  - 4/17/2006

Marketing partnership formed to design, create, and manage internet marketing programs for home furnishings retailers and manufacturers.

Genesis Software Announces Drawing for Free Software at High Point Market  - 4/14/2006

The drawing is available to any furniture retailer not presently using a Genesis Software Systems product.

Groovystuff Expands High Point Showroom  - 4/13/2006

Expansion will allow Groovystuff to properly display two of the newest collections; The Kodiak and Back to the Roots collections along with the expanding Prairie Collection.

WithIt and AspenHome To Host Trends Forecast In High Point  - 4/13/2006

A panel discussion entitled, “Macro & Micro Trends of the Market: Understanding the difference and what it means to your business,” will be moderated by Jena Hall.

New Ashley Furniture HomeStore To Open In Brentwood, TN  - 4/13/2006

This showroom of over 40,000 square feet is the latest addition to the Middle Tennessee market.

HOM Furniture & Berkline/Benchcraft Execs To Get ADL Award  - 4/12/2006

Wayne and Rod Johansen of HOM Furniture and Bill Wittenberg of Berkline/BenchCraft to be honored at their annual Dinner Dance.

Casa Novalia® Leather to Offer In-Stock Program  - 4/12/2006

Division of Excelsior Designs, is introducing a new in-stock leather program this spring featuring modern to transitional designs.

Unfinished Furniture Association Gears Up For Annual Event  - 4/12/2006

The trade show brings together leading unfinished furniture professionals for three and a half days of networking and buying.

O'Sullivan Industries, Inc. Exits Bankruptcy  - 4/12/2006

O'Sullivan emerges from Chapter 11 with new ownership, a very manageable debt load and leaner more efficient operations

Excelsior Designs Announces New National Sales Manager  - 4/12/2006

Mickey Waldrup will be responsible for managing the needs of key national accounts as well as developing new retail relationships.

Abbyson Releases New Products, Technology this April High Point  - 4/12/2006

A DVD, available for the first time at the High Point show, will include a complete catalog of furniture and rugs as well as an instructive Tibetan rug weaving video and company information.

Jeff Young To Replace Seamus Bateson As Maitland-Smith's Interim President  - 4/12/2006

Company says it will continue to conduct business as usual.

Judy George To Lead New Family Of Brands Called Aga Home  - 4/11/2006

Luxury lines will be showcased in signature galleries and cook shops within all Domain stores as well as Grange showrooms and new stand-alone retail locations.

Todd Oldham By La-Z-Boy Stores On Design 100 List  - 4/11/2006

Metropolitan Home recently honored the store, located in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, as part of its Design 100 list, which recognizes the most noteworthy objects, events and personalities in the world of design.

High Point Transportation Terminal Named For Judy Mendenhall  - 4/11/2006

“Mendenhall Station” has been named in honor of retiring International Home Furnishings Market Authority President Judy Mendenhall.

Magnussen Home To Lauch Home Entertainment Division  - 4/11/2006

Magnussen Home now encompasses the entire tenth floor totaling 40,000 sq. ft. in the International Home Furnishings Center.

La-Z-Boy Residential Promotes Kimberly Roussey To VP of Sales Services  - 4/10/2006

Roussey will lead a department that provides support, communication and accountability to consumers, dealers, sales representatives and the internal sales and marketing organization.

Acclaimed Artist Terry Redlin Expands Americana-Themed Lifestyle Line  - 4/10/2006

Austin Gray's spring expansion builds on the success of the new company's debut in 2005 highlighted by the launch of the Terry Redlin program.

IHFRA To Offer Pager Rentals and Legal Counsel For High Point Show  - 4/10/2006

Pagers can be rented for $39.95 for the entire market plus a $30 refundable deposit.

Bedding Retailer Sleep Country USA Begins Annual New Clothing Drive  - 4/10/2006

Sleep Country USA aims to almost double the number of new clothing items it received last year.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Re-open After Tornado Hits  - 4/10/2006

Renovated stores re-open just one month after tornado caused extensive damage to two Verlo Mattress Factory Stores.

Hickory Hardware To Provide Decorative & Functional Furniture Hardware  - 4/10/2006

Hickory Hardware includes Keeler Brass Company, Belwith International, Ltd., Faultless Caster, Madico, Inc. and Wright Products.

High Point To Issue Mall Shopping Card  - 4/7/2006

Market to Mall Discount Card will be accepted at participating Oak Hollow Merchants during the Spring and Fall home furnishings markets.

BK Joins RugMark  - 4/7/2006

Behrouz Kolahi's Italian designed, Tibetian made rugs will be certified child-labor-free with the RugMark label.

Craig Cleveland, CHR Honored with Distinguished Service Award  - 4/7/2006

The International Home Furnishings Representatives Association will give long-time member and former president Craig Cleveland its highest honor.

Bush Names New Vice President  - 4/7/2006

Mr. Schneider most recently served as Vice President of Sales – Midwest Region of the Millennium Division of Ashley Furniture Industries.

Bruce Hornsby Highlights in Free Four-Concert Series at April Market  - 4/7/2006

Performances scheduled for the subsequent three evenings include The Cookie Band, The Carter Brothers and Delbert McClinton.

IHFRA To Honor Mike Massood and George Massood of MGM Transport  - 4/7/2006

The Massoods will be presented the Pillar of the Industry Award at the Twelfth Annual Furniture Industry Awards Gala on April 27, 2006 In High Point.

Italian Design Tour To Stop At July Las Vegas Show  - 4/6/2006

The world famous I.DoT (Italian Design on Tour) exhibition of cutting edge Italian design will be shown at Las Vegas Market in July 2006.

Villageois Hires Montreal Based Design Firm To Design New Collections  - 4/6/2006

Villageois says that "Newtown" and "Louisiana" will stand out from the proliferation of imported introductions shown in High Point this Spring.

Glen Arbor, Inc. Appoints McQueen and Warne As Reps In FL, GA & AL  - 4/6/2006

New reps to carry Glen Arbor's broad line of moderate to better quality, imported case goods.

Icovia to Give Away Space Planner at High Point  - 4/6/2006

Icovia also reported that 40 new companies signed up to use their branded online space planning tool in the first quarter of 2006.

Ennisclare Interiors Closes After 17 Years Of Service To The Toronto Area  - 4/6/2006

A going out of business sale began Friday, March 31st and is being handled by the Daniel Lynch Sales Company.

Haverty Furniture Reports Sales Increase for March  - 4/6/2006

Clarence H Smith, Haverty's President, says that merchandise and marketing initiatives are having a positive impact.

Bombay Announces March Revenue Decline  - 4/6/2006

On a relative basis, the furniture category outperformed accessories and wall decor.

Lexington Home Brands Returns to San Francisco  - 4/6/2006

Brand is returning to serve the design trade in San Francisco. 4,800 square foot space in the San Francisco Mart will be open year round.

New Series "My Celebrity Home" To Debut On Style Network  - 4/6/2006

Host Peter Marr and a team of designers visit celebrity homes to stylishly recreate their rooms for a fraction of the price on new one-hours series.

Dan Ide Named VP Eastern Region For Progressive Furniture  - 4/4/2006

Mr. Ide is a 25-year veteran of the industry with stints at Simmons, Pennsylvania House, and Riverside.

Weekly News Briefs  - 4/4/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

Natuzzi Announces Fourth Quarter Sales Decrease  - 4/4/2006

Natuzzi total net sales for the fourth quarter decreased by 1.5 percent, but leather upholstery sales in the US were up.

National Design Professionals' Survey Finds Consumers Want Freedom to Mix and Match Decor  - 4/4/2006

Survey on www.bestdecoratingideas.com says consumers are seeking eclectic looks, natural finishes and more flexibility.

Levitz Furniture Completes New $89 Million Credit Facility  - 4/4/2006

Company strengthens its liquidity position, plans to open several new stores in NY and CA and renovate others.

Hooker Furniture Sales Increase 6%; Earnings Up Almost 21% in 2006 First Quarter  - 4/4/2006

Company resumes positive growth due to to an increase in incoming orders for imported wood and metal furniture.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - March 2006  - 4/4/2006

Forecast is for a flat to slightly down first half with a 2 percent increase in the second half of the year, resulting in about a 1 percent gain for the year.

IKEA Breaks Ground For New Store In Draper, UT  - 4/4/2006

The 310,000 square-foot IKEA Draper will open in Spring 2007.

GNYHFA Announces May 22nd Golf Outing Date  - 4/4/2006

Association of furniture retailers, reps and suppliers is looking for companies to sponsor holes and support evening activities.

StepUp Commerce to Provide Data for Verizon SuperPages.com’s Local Shopping Service  - 4/4/2006

StepUp’s rich retailer product data will be integrated into SuperPages.com’s directory, giving Internet shoppers a better way to find products they’re looking for at local retailers.

President/CEO of Thomasville Furniture, to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from FIT  - 4/3/2006

Ms. Webster is one of four outstanding home products industry leaders, and the only woman, being honored at the breakfast event to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom.

Sales Managers Added to Broyhill Lineup  - 4/3/2006

The new eastern sales manager is Phil Goodson. Jim Kelly will take over as Broyhill's western sales manager.

Jerry Epperson Waxes Eloquent On The State Of The Furniture Industry at GNYHFA Meeting  - 3/31/2006

About 80 retailers, reps and industry suppliers attended the seminar meeting. Audio excerpts will be posted to the gnyhfa.org website.

Broyhill Postpones Awards Ceremony  - 3/31/2006

Celebration to commemorate a safety record of 3 million work hours without a lost time injury, must wait so senior executives can attend.

Quality Home Brands Appoints Tracy Bilbrough as CEO  - 3/31/2006

Mr. Bilbrough to head company that combines Murray Feiss Lighting, Sea Gull Lighting Products, Monte Carlo Fan Company, Royce Lighting, and other leading brands.

IHFRA To Have New Lapel Pin Design For April 2006 Market  - 3/31/2006

The new silver lapel pins, recently mailed to all IHFRA members, reflect IHFRA’s updated branding image and allow IHFRA members to enter major US furniture Markets.

Jasper Cabinet Company To Offer Customized Secretaries  - 3/31/2006

The secretaries are being manufactured in their new factory located near Jasper, Indiana.

Universal Furniture Offers Retailers New Incentive Program  - 3/31/2006

Benefits of the program are comprehensive and include a variety of industry-leading marketing tools, resources, and support.

Annual West Coast Casual Furniture Pre-Market Show Slated for August 1 & 2  - 3/31/2006

This show provides an opportunity for dealers to examine debuting casual furniture, umbrellas, grills and other high-end home and outdoor products.

Ronny Bensimon, Named 2006 Western Retailer of the Year  - 3/31/2006

The Western Retailer of the Year award is given each year to a home furnishings retailer by the Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA).

Bill Karn Named Sales Rep For New River Furniture  - 3/31/2006

Mr. Karn will carry the Importeed premium, handcrafted leisure furniture line in Illinois and Indiana.

Canton Location to Be 1st IKEA Store in Michigan  - 3/30/2006

Located on 21 acres in Canton, MI, the 311,000 square-foot IKEA store created 500 construction jobs and in June will employ 400 coworkers.

WithIt Announces High Point Market Events  - 3/30/2006

WithIt to sponsor networking tent event as well as presentations by Connie Post and Jenna Hall.

Jazzmama.Com Provides 25 Practical Sleep Tips  - 3/30/2006

Platform bed retailer offers 25 suggestions bedding consumers can follow to get a better night's sleep.

Chamberlain To Make Over 100 High Point Introductions  - 3/30/2006

Introductions include Eurpoean quality painted furniture, transitional leather, seating, lighting and wall shelving.

Julius M. Feinblum Launches Furniture Warehouse & Distribution Center Division  - 3/29/2006

Steve Halper, former Seaman's & Levitz COO is the new President of this division.

Bassett Reports Slight Net Income Decline For Quarter  - 3/28/2006

Operating loss for Bassett's 27 corporate stores widens with addition of 15 new stores acquired from three licensees.

Weekly News Briefs  - 3/28/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

American Leather University Graduates 1100th Participant  - 3/28/2006

The upcoming dates for American Leather University are: May 22-24, August 28-30 and November 13-15.

Hong Kong & Shanghai Leather Corp. Launch Trade Flow Finance Service  - 3/28/2006

Program provides importers a 60-day, interest-free financing period from the time goods leave port in China.

August Seattle Gift Show Home & Garden Division To Include Furniture  - 3/28/2006

Show to add home décor, statuary, furniture (indoor/outdoor), tabletop, linens, floor coverings, lighting, textiles, wall art, garden accents, floral accessories and pottery.

New Store and Furniture Gallery Openings  - 3/28/2006

Announcements of new manufacturer gallery openings for the past week.

Art Van Furniture Extends Private Label Credit Agreement With HSBC  - 3/28/2006

Art Van and HSBC enhanced the private label program by adding electronic signature capture for point of sale credit applications.

ASFD Is Accepting Entries For 2006 Pinnacle™ Awards Competition  - 3/27/2006

The awards competition promotes outstanding furniture design quality by recognizing and honoring furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.

World Market Center Expands List of Hotel Discounts For July 2006 Market  - 3/27/2006

Exhibitors and attendees can now go online to book hotel rooms at discounted rates from $56 using the real-time reservation system at www.lasvegasmarket.com.

Butler Specialty To Launch Bedroom Division In High Point  - 3/27/2006

The new company will offer retailers a range of styles and finishes in four distinctive collections.

Retailer Futon Planet Adds Strata Furniture To Its Product Line  - 3/27/2006

The Strata line has been added to help bolster the online retailer's upscale image.

WithIt Calls for WOW Nominees  - 3/27/2006

Women in the Home Industries Today (WithIt) is requesting nominations for its annual WOW Awards.

Grand-Prize Winner Announced in Southern Accents/ASID Design Contest  - 3/27/2006

Barbara Howard, ASID, an Atlanta-based interior designer, was named grand-prize winner of the sixth annual National Residential Interior Design Contest.

GRID2 Develops aspenhome™ Identity  - 3/24/2006

New name and logo created for national full-line furniture manufacturer. Brand is re-positioned and consumer marketing tools put in place.

Lorna Dewey Furniture Brand Sold to Webbs Furniture  - 3/24/2006

The company’s sales reps and US management team remain intact. New High Point showroom annouced.

Dutailier Introduces New, Innovative Comfort Recliner Collection  - 3/24/2006

Versatile chair is a trendy stationary chair with a flip-up footrest that reclines and also glides, thanks to an innovative glide feature exclusive to Dutailier.

Mark Wax Joins StepUp Commerce Inc. as General Manager of the Home Furnishings Division  - 3/23/2006

StepUp offers a technology platform to drive local Internet shoppers into dealer stores via partnerships with leading sites like Google.

High Point Market Authority Chooses President  - 3/23/2006

Brian Casey was chosen because of his extensive background in trade shows and strong communication and leadership skills.

Futon Planet Uses "Reverse Advertising" To Find Vendors  - 3/23/2006

Retailer advertises to let drop ship vendors know that they are interested in carrying their products.

Bravo’s “Queer Eye” is Coming to World Market Center’s Design Center In Las Vegas  - 3/23/2006

The crew will be shooting at World Market Center on Tuesday, March 28th and will feature a number of the building’s showrooms and products.

Impressive Roster Of Speakers Announced For WHFA Conference  - 3/22/2006

Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow to be held May 21-23 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Las Vegas Market Unveils New, Stream-Lined Website  - 3/22/2006

Clean design and better functionality allows users to readily locate and utilize a number of unique tools and features.

Thomas Industries Hired to Liquidate $3 Million Global Furniture Inventory  - 3/22/2006

The inventory is available immediately on a first come, first served basis to furniture retailers and wholesalers.

Chiropractic Association Endorses Interactive Health's Technology  - 3/21/2006

Interactive Health® will begin including the WFC logo on all future advertising and marketing materials.

Bombay Company Announces Fourth Quarter Revenue Decline  - 3/21/2006

Bombay's net loss for the year widens and margins decline.

Ashley Furniture Leases 683,000 Square Foot Distribution Facility  - 3/21/2006

Ashley will use the new facility as a complementary regional distribution center serving stores across California and six other western states.

Bedding Education Audio File Sample Download Available  - 3/21/2006

Excerpt from bedding expert Dr. Peter Marino's 2-part 80 minute audio presentation on selling bedding can now be downloaded at no charge.

Dover Studio At Home Debuts Line Of Painted Furniture  - 3/21/2006

The concept for Dover Studio At Home is to create pieces that are a contemporary transformation of design and color while respecting the quiet power of tradition.

Klaussner Furniture offers Finance Program In Its Sofa Express & more! Stores  - 3/21/2006

Offered through GE Commercial Finance, the programs are designed to enhance retailer cash flow and drive growth.

Bob's Discount Furniture Spokesperson Dances For Children's Charities  - 3/21/2006

Television personality competes in statewide dance competition at home show event.

Glen Arbor, Inc. Signs Lease for New High Point Showroom  - 3/21/2006

New company is a collaboration between several US based furniture and consumer products industry veterans and China’s premier furniture factories.

La-Z-Boy CFO David Risley Announces Retirement  - 3/17/2006

Louis M. (“Mike”) Riccio, Jr. has been designated to succeed Risley as Chief Financial Officer.

KEM Furniture Show Returns To Atlantic City May 7-9, 2006  - 3/17/2006

The addition of Atlantic City to the KEM Market roster makes it the first time that the company is offering three Markets in one state.

Tom Broyhill Completes Successful Retail Tour  - 3/17/2006

Personal appearances arranged in conjunction with the celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary.

French Inspired National Geographic Home Collections to Debut at High Point  - 3/17/2006

Provence and Côte d’Azur Collections will be shown at Market held from April 27 - May 3.

Joe Elmore Hired As New Executive VP Sales, Marketing & Product Development For Master Design  - 3/16/2006

Most recently with Homelegance, Joe Elmore joins the manufacturer and case goods importer.

IKEA Breaks Ground On New Texas Store  - 3/16/2006

21.5-acre site in Round Rock will include a 252,000 square-foot IKEA store that will employ approximately 300 new IKEA coworkers.

High Point Market Planner Feature Enhanced On IHFMA's Website  - 3/15/2006

Visitors now able to create a PDF document that organizes the list by showroom building and indicates the closest bus stop on the downtown shuttle.

Retail Consolidation And the Recreational Furniture Shopper  - 3/15/2006

Study examines the newly emerging recreational shopper — who they are; how they shop; where they choose to shop and who their favorite retailers for recreational shopping are.

Select Comfort Opens 400th Retail Store  - 3/15/2006

Company plans to open 40 to 45 new retail stores in 2006.

Broyhill Annouces Closing of Marion, NC Facility  - 3/15/2006

Globalization and lack of cost effectiveness cited as reason for closure.

DOTI Provides Franchisees’ with Online Furniture Product Training Course  - 3/14/2006

DOTI will use the Fundamentals of Furniture Product Knowledge (FPK) Online training program in two ways; first, to support their franchise stores in training their design consultants as reliable furniture and design experts, and second, to manage and track the training progress throughout the franchise system.

Tempur-Pedic International Hires New CEO  - 3/14/2006

Bryant, a consumer products veteran, will assume leadership of the Company on April 28, 2006.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Brookfield, WI  - 3/14/2006

The new 17,500-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture.

ISPA Reports A Successful EXPO 2006 Show  - 3/14/2006

Bedding show featured machinery, components, services and technology in one convenient location.

Texas' Largest Bedding Store Opened  - 3/14/2006

The new 18,000-square-foot store is adjacent to the Mattress Firm, Inc.'s corporate headquarters at 5815 Gulf Freeway in Houston and is the largest of the chain’s 300 stores nationwide.

Gallery Program From Zocalo® Is Off To Strong Start  - 3/14/2006

Retail partners for the new program include Rubin’s in Madison, Wis., Ironhorse in Benicia, Calif., and Valencia Interiors in San Francisco, Calif.

Stanley Furniture Names Rick Lovorn Senior VP of Manufacturing  - 3/13/2006

Experienced in implementing lean manufacturing practices, Lovorn was previously director of manufacturing for Masco Builder Cabinet Group.

Canwood To Leave High Point Market  - 3/13/2006

With the expiration of their 220 Elm Street showroom lease Canwood takes time to look at other marketing options.

Sievertsen & Wagner Promoted To Vice President Positions At La-Z-Boy  - 3/13/2006

Jennifer Sievertsen is the new vice president of brand marketing and Mark Wagner is the new vice president of store development and marketing.

Los Angeles KEM March Furniture & Accessories Show Bigger This Year  - 3/9/2006

Recently relocated from its Long Beach, CA venue, the show will feature over 1,000 booths in a 200,000 square feet facility.

Weekly News Briefs - Changes Brewing In High Point  - 3/9/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest to our readers, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

Sleep Country USA Celebrates Success Of Shoe Drive For Foster Kids  - 3/9/2006

Sleep Country USA collected more than 1,900 pairs of new shoes for area foster kids – surpassing its initial goal of 1,000.

World Market Center (Las Vegas) Celebrates Milestone In Construction Of Phase 2  - 3/9/2006

Las Vegas Mayor and WMC Officials take part in the raising of the final steel beam to the top of the 1.6 million square foot, 16-story second building at World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas.

La-Z-Boy Board Member Petrauskas Passes Away  - 3/9/2006

Petrauskas joined La-Z-Boy's Board of Directors in 2000.

ISPA Elects New Board Chair and Trustees  - 3/9/2006

Kerry Tramel, president of Lady Americana Associates, will chair the Board of the International Sleep Products Association.

IKEA To Hire 400 For New Store In Canton, MI  - 3/9/2006

Recruitment Underway for Store Opening Summer 2006.

Laneventure Releases Second Edition Of "Living Outdoors" Magazine  - 3/7/2006

The publication is a tool for retailers featuring articles and ideas for entertaining in an outdoor style.

Opinion: Effective Retail Sales Compensation  - 3/7/2006

Sales educator Jeff York discusses offering straight commission, salary or a combination of both. Also, should everyone on your team be treated the same?

Oldie But Goodie: 25 Part Series On Home Delivery  - 3/7/2006

Way back in 1994 FURNITURE WORLD Magazine ran a 25 part series on "Delivering The Goods." Check it out in the Operations Article Archives on www.furninfo.com.

Haverty Furniture Reports February Sales Decrease  - 3/6/2006

Soft February sales when compared to strong February 2006 results. Chain shows gross profit margin improvements.

Broyhill Dealers Win Big in Las Vegas Contest  - 3/6/2006

Five winners of the Broyhill Poker Chip Contest won up to $5000.

Hellenic Rug Announes New Candice Olsen Line  - 3/6/2006

Candice Olson is widely recognized as one of North America’s top interior designers. The new line will be introduced at the HIgh Point show in April 2006.

Timberlake Furniture Line To Continue US Domestic Production  - 3/6/2006

Bob Timberlake, Kepley-Frank Hardwood Company Inc. and Lexington Home Brands have partnered to produce the highly successful brand in North Carolina.

King Koil & Carpenter Company Executives Honored At ISPA Meeting  - 3/6/2006

The Russell L. Abolt Exceptional Service Award was presented to Diamonstein, who was nominated by his peers for having exemplified the highest level of career devotion to the well-being and betterment of the bedding industry.

New Design Center To Open In South Florida  - 3/5/2006

World class to-the-trade showrooms and cutting edge design resources are featured at the new International Design Center, just north of Naples.

The Malaysia Furniture City (MFC) Show Offers Permanent Exhibition Space  - 3/5/2006

The Spring Market Buying Season starts from 1 to 11 March 2006, with the Pre-Market activity starting from 1 to 5 March 2006.

High Point University Furniture Marketing Student Presented with Scholarship  - 3/4/2006

This scholarship is awarded annually to a senior in the Evening Degree Program who is majoring in home furnishings marketing.

Gene Hodges Retires From Master Design Furniture  - 3/3/2006

Parent company President Chester Lee will lead Master Design through the transition period.

Well Known Industry Consultant Margi Kyle To Debut Design TV Show  - 3/3/2006

The first installment of “Desperate Design” will air at 8:00 AM, Saturday, September 10, on WJZY (Time Warner Cable Channel 8a0 or Channel 46 UPN.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - February 2006  - 3/2/2006

Furniture industry forecast predicts overall but spotty growth for 2006. January stats up from last year, but hints at a sluggish February.

ADVO Introduces New Home Construction Mailing List For Retailers  - 3/2/2006

Company has introduced the nation’s first mailing list of newly constructed homes, updated weekly with up to 40,000 addresses.

Illinois Chapter of ASID Receives National Community Service Award  - 3/2/2006

Award to be presented at the ASID Conference on Design, March 16-19, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn.

Meyda Tiffany Introduces "Jacks Are Wild" Stained Glass Window  - 3/2/2006

This accessory item can be displayed in front of a window and hung fromm the top of a window frame or ceiling.

Taipei Show Scheduled Between MIFF Malaysia and CIFF Guangzhou  - 3/2/2006

Taiwan’s showcase event should attract more than 30,000 visitors from five continents to review quality furniture in 1,300 booths.

Jasper Cabinet Announces New Sales Representatives  - 3/1/2006

Robert Cribbs annouces the re-hiring of some reps from the "old" Jasper Cabinet and some new faces.

New La-Z-Boy Gallery Opens in Lexington, KY  - 3/1/2006

The newly remodeled 13,615 square-foot store was renovated to boast the design-focused format of the company’s “new generation” stores.

Furniture Sales Education Audio Downloads Announced  - 2/28/2006

Salespeople and retail managers can improve their skills at home, while commuting or between UPS. Files can be played on computer or iPod (MP3 player).

African Furniture & Furnishings Company Fagnidi To Show In High Point  - 2/28/2006

Line reflects understated modern opulence with spacious, airy environments offering clean lines, neutral color and exotic, natural materials.

SCFMA Announces 2006 Pre-Market Dates  - 2/28/2006

The 2006 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market is scheduled for Sept. 13-16 in Chicago. The Pre-Market is slated for July 10-13, 2006.

MicroD Launches "FAST-FIDX"  - 2/27/2006

MicroD launches "FAST-FIDX" To Promote Adoption of furniture industry standards for electronic commerce.

DuPont Introduces Fire Resistant Knit Material for Use on Mattresses  - 2/27/2006

The DuPont™ FR Knit Material helps mattress manufacturers meet the requirements of California Standard TB603 – a state law that requires all mattresses to pass a 30-minute open flame burn test.

Furniture News Briefs For This Week  - 2/27/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet. If furninfo.com readers find additional stories of interest to our readers, please email editorial@furninfo.com.

AMUSF Views State-Of-The-Art Furniture Technology At SATRA  - 2/27/2006

SATRA recently welcomed members of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) to its Technology Centre in Kettering, Northants, England. The Association attended two presentations and toured the laboratories.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Donates Over 100 Bedspreads to Local Furniture Banks  - 2/27/2006

The bedspreads, which had previously been used in furniture displays in Bernie & Phyl’s stores, will be given free to any person in need of a warm blanket.

Ohio Retailer Coconis Furniture Completes Final Phase Of Expansion  - 2/27/2006

Over 20,000 square feet of the original warehouse has been converted to showroom that now totals 65,000 square feet.

BIFMA Releases New Edition of Lounge Seating Standard  - 2/27/2006

The standard describes the means of evaluating lounge seating, independent of construction materials, manufacturing processes, mechanical designs or aesthetic designs.

Furniture First Holds 10th Annual Symposium  - 2/24/2006

The extended weekend provided members with the opportunity to mix business with family fun and featured a seminar by Martin Roberts on reaching out to younger consumers.

Home Furniture Offers Comprehensive Program Of Furniture Protectection Products & Services  - 2/24/2006

Premier Furniture Care, exclusively offered by Home Furniture Dealers, provides customers with complete service protection for 5 years against accidental stains or damage to home furnishings. The program also includes Premier Mattress Care, a complete line of deluxe mattress protection covers.

Goore's For Babies To Teens Opens Young America® Signature Shop  - 2/24/2006

Goore’s for Babies to Teens Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its Young America® Signature Shop Friday, February 17, as part of its annual Presidents’ Weekend Trunk Show event.

Las Vegas Market Post July Show Report  - 2/23/2006

Exhibitors and buyers reported that the Las Vegas Market lived up to expectations.

Clubfurniture.com To Auction Furniture Seen On The "Apprentice"  - 2/23/2006

Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.

More Space Place® Opens Store In Appleton, WI  - 2/23/2006

The new 3,300-square-foot location is the newest addition in the wall bed retailer's nationwide expansion.

Jake Jabs of American Furniture Warehouse Honored By Muscular Distrophy Assn.  - 2/23/2006

Jabs, who has served as National Vice President of MDA for the last seven years, has been actively involved with the organization for decades.

McKiernan Joins Norwalk Furniture Sales Team  - 2/22/2006

As an Account Representative, McKiernan will focus his efforts on the Norwalk and J. Raymond brands.

David Gould Joins Broyhill Furniture Industries  - 2/22/2006

Gould’s responsibilities include demand planning, logistics, and inventory and shipping management.

Young America® Partners With Oprah's Angel Network  - 2/22/2006

Company is partnering with Oprah’s Angel Network and Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes and rebuild lives for the young survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Jane Hamley Wells Appoints Daboul To Lead National Sales Team  - 2/22/2006

Daboul will work directly with JHW President and founder, Jane Humzy, as the upscale contemporary outdoor furniture company expands its national sales and distribution efforts.

Shenzhen Forest Furniture Co. Offers Financing Through GE Commercial Finance  - 2/22/2006

The program gives importers a 60-day, interest free financing period for their finished case goods products.

Paula Hoyas Named VP Upholstery Merchandising For La-Z-Boy  - 2/22/2006

In her new position, Hoyas maintains responsibility for the overall strategic direction of upholstery merchandising, specifically managing the design, development, introduction and profitability of all upholstery products.

Haverty Furniture's Fourth Quarter Profit Falls  - 2/21/2006

Profit fell 22 percent with slightly higher sales offset by higher operating costs and lower income from property dispositions.

Powell Company Announces Michael Payne In-Store Promotion  - 2/21/2006

Host of TV's “Designing for the Sexes" will appear "live" in participating stores.

Jerry Epperson To Speak At GNYHFA Seminar In New York  - 2/21/2006

On Thursday, March 30th, 2006, Jerry Epperson will discuss the state of the furniture industry.

Karel Furniture & Accessory Market Returns To Atlantic City In May  - 2/21/2006

Nation’s Largest Producer of Regional Markets Returns to Atlantic City May 7-9, 2006

WithIt To Honor Members For Outstanding Recruitment Efforts  - 2/20/2006

All WithIt Ambassadors will be honored at this year’s WOW Awards Dinner, slated to coincide with the organization’s annual Educational Conference, scheduled for August 29 - 30.

March 15 Deadline For Contemporary Furniture Fair Design Competition  - 2/20/2006

ICFF Studio invites submissions from designers working on any and all the product categories exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Broyhill Decides To Skip High Point Pre Market  - 2/20/2006

Short time frame between major markets and overall lack of interest among retailers are cited as main reasons for decision.

Furniture News Briefs For This Week  - 2/20/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet.

Meyda Tiffany Lamps Featured on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION  - 2/20/2006

Meyda Tiffany is a leading designer and manufacturer of Tiffany lamps, decorative and custom lighting and accessories.

Union City Imports To Be Featured On "The Apprentice" on NBC.  - 2/20/2006

A wide variety of items including French Provincial pedestals, consoles, etageres, benches, mirrors, dining room chairs and loveseats were furnished by Union City.

Global Furniture USA Refines Its Brand Strategy Under New Corporate Logo & Theme  - 2/17/2006

A new corporate logo has been created that conveys a more contemporary image for the company.

Bob's Discount Furniture Event Supports "Read Across America Day."  - 2/16/2006

Cathy Poulin, the famous co-host of Bob's Discount Furniture's TV, radio and print advertising campaign, will transform herself into "Reading Girl" and read various stories for children of all ages.

IKEA To Open First Florida Store In 2007  - 2/16/2006

Located in the City of Sunrise, the facilitty will include a 293,000 square-foot IKEA store at-grade with 1,100 parking spaces in a two-level parking deck in front of the store.

US Airways Fare Reduction To Benefit High Point Market Travelers  - 2/16/2006

Fare reduction announcement is the latest in a growing list of transportation discounts available to travelers to the April 2006 Market in High Point.

Schewels Furniture, Olinde’s, and Grand Appliance and TV Join Nationwide Marketing Group  - 2/16/2006

Combined, the three retailers have more than $150 million in volume and 67 stores.

Sandberg adds VP of Imports for Platinum Division  - 2/16/2006

Swiger will be responsible for off shore sourcing of all finished goods for that division.

Kane's Furniture Announces HGTV Designer Appearance  - 2/16/2006

Payne will be at the store Saturday, February 18 from 1-4 p.m., during which time he’ll hold informal seminars on designing and decorating the home, and answer any questions customers may have.

WoodMac China, FurniTek China and WoodBuild China To Take Place in June  - 2/16/2006

A total of 380 exhibiting companies from 12 countries and over 16,000 trade buyers will be looking for business partners during the four days of the wood products and woodworking machinery event in Shanghai.

Top Furniture Installs Energy Efficient Track Lighting  - 2/16/2006

By installing an energy efficient lighting package Top Furniture will receive a rebate from the utility and is likely to qualify for a tax deduction under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

New Open Flame Mattress Standard Approved  - 2/16/2006

The new standard applies to mattresses manufactured domestically as well as imported and renovated mattresses.

San Francisco Mart Announces “First Tuesday” Program  - 2/16/2006

During First Tuesday, which falls on the first Tuesday of each month, all San Francisco Mart showrooms will be open for business from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jake Jabs & American Furniture Warehouse Receive Honors  - 2/16/2006

At its annual gala earlier this month, the Metro North Chamber of Commerce presented Jabs with its Businessperson of the Year Award.

Hooker Furniture Reports Increased Earnings for 4th Quarter  - 2/14/2006

The revised forecast is based upon better than anticipated shipments thus far in the quarter.

IPSA Expo 2006 To Feature Information on New Bedding Flammability Standard  - 2/14/2006

EXPO participants can get up to speed on flammability at “SHOPtalk: Preparing for the Federal Standard Implementation and Beyond.”

Global Furniture USA To Double Its Headquarter's Size  - 2/14/2006

The new site, located at 47 Sixth Street, will replace Global Furniture’s current 65,000 sq ft headquarters in Edison NJ by the end of February.

Salespeople Can Now Listen To Bedding Sales Training On Their iPods  - 2/14/2006

Sales education audio files available on the furninfo.com website allow furniture salespeople to hone their selling skills while commuting.

Flexsteel Announces Second Quarter and Year-To-Date Operating Results  - 2/13/2006

Flexsteel Industries, Inc., and the furniture industry in general, continue to be impacted by increases in raw material and energy costs.

TheFurniture.com Announces Will Sell Pulaski Furniture  - 2/13/2006

E-tailer to offer bedroom and formal dining room collections, including Casa Majorca, Sorrento, Salerno, and Joliette, along with several other collections.

Dormia Brand Mattresses' National Ad Campaign Aired During The Las Vegas Furniture Show  - 2/13/2006

Commercials create interest during show. Company plans national roll-out later this month.

Global Furniture USA Opens New High Point Showroom  - 2/13/2006

10,000 ft. showroom located at 118 West Commerce Street, in the former Michelangelo showroom will showcase their growing contemporary collection.

The Media Matters Creates New Communications Position  - 2/13/2006

Donna Gunn formerly with Whitewood Industries, Lexington Furniture Industries and Sealy, joins the NC based agency.

WHFA Retailer Resource Center Met Retailer's Needs In Las Vegas  - 2/10/2006

Many retailers made the Retailer Resource Center their home base for their market experience often coming back to visit vendors in the trade show space, for free coffee, or to check their email in the Internet Café.

David Harkness Of Harkness Furniture Is New WHFA President  - 2/10/2006

Taylor Ganz of McMahan’s, Los Angeles, CA; George Nader of Nader’s La Popular, Gardena, CA; Keith Koplan of Koplan’s Furniture, Vancouver, WA and Ray Nunex of Furniture Savings Center, North Highlands, CA were also named as officers.

Hawaiian Appliance and Electronics Retailer To Use STORIS’ Affordable Vision R8 ASP Application  - 2/10/2006

Otsuka’s is pleased with the ease of use of the STORIS system and is looking forward to utilizing the Window’s based, Vision R8 ASP application to continue to grow.

Phyllis Zaepfel, Of PROFITgroups Elected To WithIt! Board  - 2/9/2006

Phyllis Zaepfel, the director of PROFITgroups, has been elected to the board of WithIt (Women in the Home Industry Today), as the Director of Networking.

PROFITsystems Releases New Barcoding Solution  - 2/9/2006

The RF bar coding solution operates via a wireless network with hand-held PDA scanners that update inventory in real-time.

Kane's Furniture Opens New Lakeland, FL Store  - 2/9/2006

The 60,000 square foot store, including a warehouse and office space, is located at 4685 US 98 North.

Sea Gull Lighting Honors Seattle Sales Representative with Henry Siegel Award of Excellence  - 2/9/2006

This year, the award was given to Seattle, Washington Representative Jim Gregory.

DirectBuy Taps FurnishNet for Supply Chain Initiative  - 2/9/2006

The FurnishNet solution integrates Web applications, electronic data interchange (EDI), XML, and email into a unique "Any-to-Any" exchange.

Retailer Sleep Country USA Launches "Princess And The Pea" Contest  - 2/7/2006

Sleep Country USA introduces creative contest giving customers a chance to win a new mattress.

New Fire Barrier to Give Consumers a Safer Night’s Sleep  - 2/7/2006

Precision Flame Protection fabric can be wrapped around the foam core of the mattress and can rest behind the outer layer of fabric, effectively cutting off the fire from the main fuel source.

Furniture Stores Benefit from Energy Tax Deduction  - 2/7/2006

The deduction applies to new construction as well as remodeling projects and will be the subject of a seminar by Monte Lee at the April High Point furniture show.

Lane Home Furnishings Seeks Public's Help Locating Older Cedar Chests  - 2/7/2006

Lane, based in Tupelo, Miss., manufactured the airtight chests under the "Lane" and "Virginia Maid" brand names.

Furniture News Briefs For This Week  - 2/7/2006

News stories about furniture from magazines, newspapers and the internet.

Globe Express Services Names David Bennett as VP Sales & Development  - 2/7/2006

GES, a third party logistics (3PL) and application service provider (ASP) with broad furniture industry experience specializes in Far East trade.

Three New La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Openings  - 2/7/2006

New stores opened in Duarte, California, in Vaughan, Ontario and in Scarborough, Ontario.

Expert Discussion of Online Malls  - 2/6/2006

FurnitureFind's Cory Nielsen will be speaking at the Internet Retailer 2006 conference.

Sixty-Nine Lucky IKEA Customers Across the U.S. Will Race the Clock to Find a Rock  - 2/6/2006

IKEA is offering $500 and $250 IKEA Gift Cards along with the ultimate gem, $10,000 toward an all-new, complete IKEA kitchen.

Kathy Ireland Hosts Military Families During Las Vegas Market(SM)  - 2/6/2006

Ireland treated the women and their children to a catered luncheon at World Market Center on Feb. 2.

US Airways to Furnish More Flights for High Point Furniture Market  - 2/6/2006

Enhanced service will be available from New York/LaGuardia, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C.

Haverty Furniture Reports Sales for January  - 2/6/2006

January sales were up modestly from last year in total with comparable- store sales essentially flat.

The Bombay Company, Inc. Announces January, Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results  - 2/6/2006

Company addresses inventory issues and reports fourth quater revenue decline of 6.9%.

The Rowe Companies Reports Net Loss From Continuing Operations  - 2/6/2006

Plans to improve manufacturing operatons, reassign/ reduce staff and bring in outside consultants.

Vermont Wood Manufacturers Recognizes Woodworker of the Year  - 2/6/2006

Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association honored Charles Shackleton with the VWMA Woodworker of the Year Award.

Gabberts Furniture and Design Studio to Close Dallas and Fort Worth Stores  - 2/6/2006

Storewide inventory liquidation sales will begin at both stores on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Flexsteel Industries Announces Winner In House Give-A-Way Contest  - 2/3/2006

Flexsteel Industries and Wynwood parner in a national sales event giveaway for a full house of furniture.

Sleepy's Announces Partnership With Tempur-Pedic  - 2/3/2006

Sleepy’s entire chain of nearly 400 stores will carry the line of viscoeslastic mattresses.

WithIt Board Member, Dr. Karen Wade, Joins RHR International  - 2/3/2006

Prior to joining RHR, Dr. Wade was an independent consultant to the home furnishings industry, advising retailers how to design customer experiences.

High Point Atrium Furniture Mall on Track with Wholesale/Retail Vision  - 2/3/2006

Building has been successfully transitioning from strictly retail to a wholesale/retail showroom concept with wholesale tenant Leather Italia joining Sansegal – China and others. 

Experienced IKEA Store Manager Recruited to Lead Michigan Store, Opening in Summer 2006  - 2/2/2006

Mark McCaslin is store manager for IKEA's first Michigan store to be located in Canton.

American Leather Promotes Three Executives To Vice President  - 2/2/2006

Matthew Hayward has been named VP Marketing, Martin Gibson has been promoted to VP Operations, and Kelly Montgomery has been named VP Finance and Administration.

Simmons Launches New Bowling Ball Advertising Campaign at Las Vegas Furniture Market  - 2/1/2006

Simmons decided to bring back the concept after conducting research among dealers, retail sales associates and consumers.

World Market Center Announces Tenant Lineup for Phase Two  - 1/31/2006

With the opening of the second building, World Market Center will be home to 10 of the Top 25 U.S. furniture manufacturers and importers.

High Point Market To Issue "Universal" Passes  - 1/31/2006

Visitors to the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point can now pre-register directly through the Market Authority, with universal passes accessible at kiosks located in several showroom buildings throughout the central downtown area.

GRID2 International to Design World Market Center Space For Spring Air  - 1/31/2006

Thirty beds from the Spring Air line, including bestsellers and new introductions, will be featured each market in the new showroom.

Stanley Furniture Announces Record Sales & Earnings  - 1/31/2006

Net sales of $333.6 million rose 9.1% over the prior year. Earnings per share grew 11.3% to $1.77 in 2005 from $1.59 in 2004.

Withit Names Kathy Wall President  - 1/28/2006

WithIt appoints marketing executive Kathy Wall to lead value-based membership dey focus for 2006. New Board of Directors named.

World Market Center Partners with Opportunity Village To Establish Furniture Donation Program  - 1/28/2006

Permanent and temporary exhibitors at the upcoming Las Vegas Market are being asked to donate their merchandise after the show to Opportunity Village’s Thrift Store.

A.R.T. Updates Deco With Latest Collection  - 1/28/2006

A.R.T. Furniture will officially present the Tribute Collection to retailers at their new showroom in the Main Building at the World Market Center in Las Vegas.

Meet Leaders of Industry’s Unified Charitable Effort at Las Vegas Market  - 1/27/2006

Furniture banks provide essential home furnishings to people in need.

Las Vegas Market Attendees Can Attend Free Performance by The Peking Acrobats  - 1/26/2006

Free performance held on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. for Las Vegas market atendees.

Kathy Ireland Worldwide to Exhibit at the 2006 Las Vegas Market  - 1/26/2006

Kathy Ireland Worldwide will be featuring new introductions with all her brand partners beginning with a selection of furniture designs from her partner at Kathy Ireland Home by Standard.

Oakwood Interiors To Merge With Creative Ideas  - 1/26/2006

High quality Home/Office Furniture manufacturer Creative Ideas will relocate from their Corona, CA. facility into the Oakwood Interiors Facility in Ontario, CA.

DOTI Franchise Adds Two Design Stores In Southern California  - 1/26/2006

DOTI is an upscale, franchised network of 20 “Design Stores” that combines traditional interior design services and home furnishings along with a retail showroom.

Manoj Nigam Assumes Top Post At MicroD  - 1/26/2006

MicroD, Inc. develops and provides integrated Internet and desktop-based software products and service solutions to major furniture retailers and manufacturers.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Shreveport  - 1/26/2006

The new 19,000-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Naturwood Home Furnishings Opens A studiorowe® gallery  - 1/26/2006

Naturwood Home Furnishings has dedicated 3,500 square feet within their spacious 65,000 sq. ft. showroom to display the store-within-a-store lifestyle setting showcasing Rowe Furniture.

Verlo makes Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® for 2006  - 1/26/2006

Verlo earns a spot among the sub shops and convenience stores.

Gardiners Furniture Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Store  - 1/26/2006

In addition to the new Bel Air facility, Gardiners furniture currently has showrooms in Towson, Catonsville, Westminster, and Pasadena, MD.

Sealy To Relaunch Posturpedic Brand At Las Vegas Show  - 1/25/2006

At the Las Vegas furniture market, Sealy will unveil its new technology which has the potential to revolutionize the way that consumers shop for and select a mattress.

Kincaid Home Furnishings Store Opens In Edmonton  - 1/25/2006

The new 4,500 square-foot store is located directly next door to a La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store and features more than 20 collections of Kincaid furniture.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Lynnwood, WA  - 1/25/2006

The new 17,700-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Mountain Comfort Unveils New Store in Coeur d’Alene  - 1/25/2006

Colorado-based Mountain Comfort designed the 9,000 sq. ft. store to house hundreds of mountain elegant-style furnishings, accessories, and lighting.

Douglas Furniture Names Rick Parker As New CEO & President  - 1/25/2006

Parker brings more than 26 years of furniture industry experience to the company.

Janosik’s Furniture Chooses RETAIL 6  - 1/25/2006

Delmarva’s largest furniture retailer with locations in Dover and Laurel, DE, has chosen Retail 6 to be their go-to solution for retail technology.

Furniture News Briefs From The Media  - 1/25/2006

Interesting, mundane and quirky news briefs about the furniture industry from newspapers and websites for this past week.

Vince Bryant Joins Classic Sleep Products  - 1/21/2006

Formerly with Tempur-Pedic, Mr. Bryant will be responsible for developing the Dormia Mattress line.

IHFMA (Hight Point) Announces Support For Hotel Market Price Decreases  - 1/20/2006

Twenty-seven Triad hotels have reduced their rates for the April 2006 Furniture Market and thirty-one more properties have kept their prices a consistent rate for several markets.

Boulevard Home Furnishings Builds New $8.4 Million Distribution Center  - 1/20/2006

Boulevard has two showrooms in St. George, Utah and Mesquite, Nevada, and plans to open a third showroom in Cedar City, Utah in 2008.

CPSC Issues Draft Mattress Open-Flame Standard  - 1/20/2006

The new federal standard was based on the California standard. It will preempt states' regulations and apply to all imported and domestically made mattresses.

Select Comfort Expands Retail Partnerships with Sleepy's and Mattress Firm  - 1/20/2006

Sleepy's will increase the availability of the Sleep Number bed to 138 stores. Mattress Firm, will expand distribution to 75 locations.

Ethan Allen Announces Second Quarter Results  - 1/20/2006

Sales increased 12%, operating income was up 21% and earnings per share were boosted by 22%.

Walsh Joins Leda as new VP Sales & Marketing  - 1/20/2006

Ed will work closely with Leda Vice President Sales & Marketing Grant Wilson and President Marco L. Confalone to develop new marketing and branding programs to increase Leda’s presence in the marketplace.

Vaughan-Bassett Takes Showroom at World Market Center Las Vegas  - 1/20/2006

The Vaughan-Bassett showroom will be in the second building at World Market Center scheduled to open in January 2007.

Sealy Mattress Corporation Announces Top Management Changes  - 1/19/2006

Hirshorn named Senior Executive VP Finance, Operations and R&D. Ackerman is new Executive VP and CFO.

IKEA Efforts Raise over $2.3 Million Worldwide as Part of Holiday Program Benefiting Save the Children and UNICEF  - 1/19/2006

"A Child's Smile Is Worth So Much" initiative raised over $2.3 million worldwide through the sale of IKEA soft toys by donating $1 to the child advocacy organizations for each soft toy purchased at IKEA stores.

Barcalounger Triples Space at San Francisco Mart  - 1/19/2006

The Barcalounger showroom at Furniture Forum will be open during the Winter Home Furnishings Show, as well as Monday-Friday throughout the year.

News Briefs 1/10/06-1/17/06  - 1/17/2006

Furniture news briefs from newspapers and the internet about Levitz, the High Point mini show, etc.

BIFMA Releases New Standard for Color Measurement  - 1/17/2006

The new standard will be an integral part of establishing methods of visual and numerical requirements for office furniture color evaluation.

More Space Place Franchise Receives Top Rankings  - 1/17/2006

Bond’s Top 100 Franchise Guide (published by Source Book Publications) puts the now 35 store wall bed franchise in the top 500.

ASID Announces 2005 Design Award Honorees  - 1/17/2006

Award categories include, Designer of Distinction, Design for Humanity, Educator of Distinction, Patron’s Prize and Product Prize.

Home Furnishing Manufacturer John-Richard Names VP Marketing  - 1/17/2006

Keith Britt is the new vice president of marketing for the Greenwood, Miss.-based home furnishings manufacturer.

Abbyson Hits 2006 with New Training DVD, Revolutionary Design System  - 1/16/2006

Powerful new marketing tools and programs, include an interactive DVD and a ground-breaking custom rug design system.

Hekman Furniture Expands Showroom At SF Mart  - 1/13/2006

The trade-only showroom will be open during the Winter Home Furnishings Show, as well as Monday-Friday throughout the year.

American Drew’s PROFILES line to be featured on EXTREME MAKEOVER – HOME EDITION  - 1/13/2006

The show’s designers selected pieces from the Camden collection in both black and white to complete the living and dining areas and the Portifina collection for the master bedroom.

Irwin Altman, Longtime Furniture Rep Dies  - 1/13/2006

MFA announced the death of Altman, former rep for Charlton Upholstery, Union National and Turano.

Dormia Mattresses Hires Connie Post Companies To Update Retail Concept  - 1/13/2006

Company seeks to improve productivity in existing stores, and to create a retail concept suitable for nationwide rollout.

Rowe Announces Key Management Changes  - 1/12/2006

Bruce M. Birnbach named President of a newly-formed division, Rowe Sourcing, which will focus on the acquisition of vital raw materials and imported products.

Hooker Furniture Reports Reduced 2005 Sales and Earnings  - 1/12/2006

Mix of imported products has grown to nearly 62% of total revenues from about 31% in 2001. Braddington-Young and imported wood and metal lines show gains.

Quoizel Opens New Showroom at World Market Center  - 1/12/2006

Quoizel will celebrate the opening of their new 4,000 square foot showroom in Las Vegas with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast.

San Francisco Winter 2006 Seminars Announced  - 1/12/2006

Special seminars for retail buyers and design professionals presented on February 2-5.

IKEA Named to FORTUNE's 2006 "100 Best Companies to Work For" List for Second Consecutive Year  - 1/12/2006

Benefits offered includes: paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption; flexible work arrangements (job share, telecommuting and condensed work weeks); extensive professional development, training and mentoring programs; lactation rooms for nursing mothers; and discounts for weight loss and smoking cessation services.

Hearst Magazines & Capel Rugs Partner To Launch Country Living Rugs  - 1/12/2006

The line will launch to the trade on April 27th at the High Point International Home Furnishings Market.

1,000 Exhibitors To Show At KEM's Edison Furniture & Accessories Market  - 1/12/2006

Show promoter expects heavy attendance from buyers traveling out of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Matt Grandchamp Joins Weave Corp. Sales Team  - 1/12/2006

Weave Corp. is a 4th generation designer, weaver and importer of top of the market custom woven decorative fabrics.

Sleep Country USA Kicks Off New Shoe Giving Campaign To Benefit Foster Kids  - 1/11/2006

Responding to the growing needs of the more than 23,000 foster kids in the Pacific Northwest, Sleep Country USA expands foster kids campaign.

La-Z-Boy Names Bob Ireland VP Of Residential Global Merchandising  - 1/11/2006

In his new role, Ireland will oversee two direct reports and have responsibility for all of the TLA (tables, lamps, accessories) merchandising within the rapidly growing La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® network of stores.

New La-Z-Boy Gallery Openings  - 1/11/2006

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® openings and renovations in Stoughton, MA, Scottsdale, AZ and Winston-Salem, NC.

PROFITuniversity Announces 20th Bi-Annual Client Conference  - 1/10/2006

The conference will be held June 13-16, 2006 at the Rio All-Suite Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unfinished Furniture Association Elects New Board Of Directors  - 1/10/2006

Wendy Nusbaum of Bare Wood House, succeeds now Past President, Jack Campbell from Woodcraft Industries.

Strategic Design Company GRID2 International Announces New Partners; Moves Headquarters  - 1/10/2006

Marcelo Albertal and Dimitri Vermès have been named partners of firm now located the heart of New York City’s fashion and interiors district.

Universal Furniture Expands in San Francisco. Furniture Forum to Showcase New “Universal Home” Program  - 1/10/2006

Company will expand its presence in San Francisco in time for the San Francisco Mart’s Winter Show, which runs Thursday-Sunday, February 2-5.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Supports National Mentoring Month  - 1/10/2006

New England Patriot Vince Wilfork and Bernie Rubin appear in television spots to run throughout the month of January.

New January Market in High Point Continues to Grow  - 1/10/2006

FloralArt will be opening their showroom located at the International Home Furnishings Center D223 during the up-coming January 16 – 18th High Point Market.

Bassett Announces Increased Fourth Quarter and 2005 Sales  - 1/10/2006

Increased sales for the fourth quarter led by an $8 million increase in shipments to Bassett Furniture Direct (BFD) stores. Net income for 2005 down overall.

Sales Mistakes Made In The Name Of Nice - Part 1  - 1/10/2006

Do your "nice" salespeople send customers out to be sold by the "pushy" salespeople down the street?

Furniture Store Warehouse Fire Compliance  - 1/10/2006

Nationally recognized fire protection code expert Elley Klausbruckner, supplies general practical information on fire protection requirements for furniture warehouses. A bit of attention to this area before you build or refit your warehouse can save substantial sums.

MGM Transport To Open Las Vegas Market Space  - 1/9/2006

Their booth will be located in the Retailer Resource Center, Space #21, on the second floor of the World Market Center.

Dare Deco Selected To Show Its Collections In The Design Gallery In Las Vegas  - 1/9/2006

Their lines of printed Acrylic chairs will be on display along with some of Dare Deco’s own custom design acrylics on Jan. 31st-Feb. 3rd.

Northwest Arkansas Retailer Chooses Retail 6 Software  - 1/9/2006

Brashears’ management feels that Retail 6 easily fits their current requirements, and positions them for their planned growth over the next 10 years.

Lisa Goodman Is New Marketing Director For Seattle Gift Center  - 1/7/2006

The only wholesale gift mart in the Northwest has also hired Julie Trott to work on the new marketing team.

Haverty Reports Record Setting December  - 1/6/2006

Havertys' December sales increased 1.0% to $79.1 million compared with $78.3 million in December 2004.

Bombay Company Reports December Revenue Decline  - 1/6/2006

Weak sales of decorative accessories, jewelry boxes, small accent tables and clocks cited as reason for the decline.

Waverly® and Ellery Home Brands Company To Partner In Home Fashions Business  - 1/6/2006

Waverly now licenses its designs and brand name to more than 20 manufacturers of high quality home furnishings and related products.

Abbyson Corporation To Introduce Additions to Their Popular Park Avenue Collection In Las Vegas.  - 1/5/2006

Major introduction includes the Cosmopolitan living room series, the Central Park bedroom series, The Hamptons bedroom series and The Westminster dining series.

Design Gallery Puts Inspiration Center Stage at Las Vegas Market  - 1/5/2006

The Winter Las Vegas Market is being held January 30 February 3, 2006 at World Market Center and the Pavilions. The temporary exhibits at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center will open on Tuesday, January 31 and run through February 3, 2003.

Furniture News Briefs January 4-10  - 1/5/2006

Furniture news from newspapers and websites accross the USA.

LA-Z-BOY Opens Three New Galleries  - 1/5/2006

Stores located in Mentor, OH, Elk Grove, CA and Zanesville, Ohio.

Jeannette Howe to Head Nationwide Marketing’s New Audio Video Specialty Division  - 1/5/2006

Nationwide Marketing Group, is the largest buying and services organization for appliance, electronics, and furniture retailers in America.

Liora Manné Adds Four New Rug Collections For Indoor & Outdoor Use  - 1/5/2006

Prominent home furnishings designer Liora Manné introduced four unique floor-covering collections for that are perfect for spring and summer décor in 2006.

FurnishNet Expands Supply Chain Service with SupplierConnect  - 1/5/2006

Furniture industry B2B provider targets manufacturer to supplier connectivity for electronic transaction exchange to reduce costs and speed product delivery cycles.

DeCoro to Expand China Sofa Manufacturing Operation  - 1/4/2006

DeCoro will employ an additional 2,500 full-time workers to meet rapid growth and staff 3 million plus square foot facility.

Alert: Furniture Retailers Need To Make Sure Suppliers Comply With New Chinese Wood Packaging Materials (WPM) Rules  - 1/4/2006

Failure to comply with new rules could mean delays to the delivery of furniture shipments to retailers.

USA Baby Store Opens In Fresno, CA  - 1/4/2006

Lucky & Jatinder Malhi are the owners of the new USA BABY retail store.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - December 2005 - Inventories In Good Shape  - 1/3/2006

Inventories in good shape. Furniture is being sold, both at retail, as well as by manufacturers and distributors. The key is to get your share.

World Market Center Hires Design Industry Authority Victor Pedraz as Director of Design Center  - 1/3/2006

In his new position, Pedraz will be responsible for managing the operations and business development of The Design Center at World Market Center.

AKTRIN Reports Furniture Manufacturing Employment Declines By Almost 20%  - 1/2/2006

Excerpt from a recent AKTRIN report “Employment & Wages in the American Furniture Industry."

Furniture Rep Keith Hansen Killed In Auto Accident  - 1/2/2006

New Jersey Rep worked for Autumn Traditions and Granetz Furniture.

Furniture News Briefs  - 1/2/2006

Furniture news from newspapers and websites accross the USA.

More Than 30 US Companies Have Shown At Interzum Guangzhou  - 1/2/2006

This industry supply show event will take place from March 27-30, 2006 in Guangzhou, China.

CitiFinancial Race Car On Display During Las Vegas Market  - 1/2/2006

The No. 90 Ford Taurus will be the highlight of a variety of attractions and events.