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Furniture Industry News Published in 2005

WHFA Retailer Resource Center Ready For Las Vegas Market  - 12/29/2005

WHFA has made its RRC even more functional, more comfortable and more valuable to the retailer for the January 2006 Market.

WHFA To Host "Blue Hawaii" Member Appreciation Party At Las Vegas Market  - 12/29/2005

Party to be held on Jan. 31, 2006, in the Retailer Resource Center, located in the Las Vegas World Market Center, second floor, space 210.

AKTRIN Furniture Information Center's Forecast For Furniture & Bedding  - 12/29/2005

Projects a slightly faster growth rate of 4.3% in 2006, bringing the market value to about $ 82 billion.

David Francis Furniture Hires Manager of Public Relations  - 12/28/2005

Shafranski’s diverse background includes not only public relations, but also advertising, video production and new media.

Homefires By Design™ To Introduce Line Of Shaped Rugs At Atlanta Market  - 12/28/2005

The new collection will be unveiled at the January 2006 Rug Market in Atlanta, GA.

More Space Place® Franchise Relocates National Home Office And Manufacturing Facility.  - 12/28/2005

Wall bed retailer with 35 operating galleries is poised for expansion of its franchise.

Owners of Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc. Announce Policy to Meet Obligations to Deliver Product to All Customers  - 12/27/2005

Policy applies to purchases made by customers on or prior to their acquisition of the company's assets on December 16, 2005.

Visco Touch’ by Gold Bond Turns Futon into High End Sofa-Sleeper  - 12/27/2005

This is a super premium mattress that competes, at $499 (full size), with $2,000 sofas in feel and comfort.

Herman Miller, Inc., Net Earnings Rise 81% in Second Quarter  - 12/27/2005

Company reported a sales increase of 18.9% and an orders increase of 11.1% from the year-ago period.

Federated Announces New Division Management  - 12/27/2005

Federated retains experienced executives from the May Company Organization and combines their skills with Federated's existing division leadership.

Magi Seal Corporation To Distribute Leather Master™ Products In Canada  - 12/27/2005

Will present products at the Canadian Home Furnishings Market in Toronto in January 2006.

ITMA Announces Schedule For Sixth Annual Educational Fabric Tour  - 12/27/2005

"Fabric: From Concept to Consumer” educational tour to be held January 25 through January 27, 2006 in High Point, NC.

New River Casual Furniture Introduces Line Of Deep Seating Furniture  - 12/27/2005

An extensive, high-quality custom cushion program has also been established.

EBay Top 10 Hot Furniture Categories & Buyer Searches For December 05  - 12/27/2005

Ebay has released its top ten hot furniture categories and most frequently used buyer searches for the month of December 2005.

STORIS Announces Move to New Corporate Headquarters  - 12/22/2005

The new facility accommodates the significant growth the company has experienced subsequent to the release of the Vision R8 Windows based application.

Shaw Living’s Kathy Ireland Collection Adds Four New Designs  - 12/22/2005

Crafted with the unique hand of Shaw's EverTouch™ nylon, the rugs traditional designs, and classic combinations, help create an air of sophistication in any room.

Bassett Supports Elway Home Brand With New National Ads, Promos for 2006  - 12/22/2005

The creative for this campaign announces that the new product is available at Bassett Furniture Direct stores nationwide.

IHFRA Offering CHR Course For Furniture Reps On January 8 – 13, 2006  - 12/21/2005

The CHR course is an intensive, weeklong program that provides training for home furnishings representatives and insider information on the latest business principles, communication skills and in-depth industry knowledge.

Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc. to Focus Operations on Profitable West Coast and New York Metropolitan Markets  - 12/20/2005

Company to exit Connecticut and Greater Philadelphia markets. 79 stores will remain open in NY and on the West Coast.

Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc. Assets to be Purchased by Retail Investment Specialist Prentice Capital Management LP  - 12/20/2005

Levitz and Prentice have established a team of skilled and experienced retail and operating experts to assist in leading the Company during the initial stages of its turnaround strategy.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Expands Board and Elects Three New Directors  - 12/20/2005

The Company wholesales its products under the "Chromcraft," "Peters-Revington," "Silver Furniture," "Cochrane Furniture" and "Sumter Cabinet" brand names.

Furniture News Briefs  - 12/20/2005

Sam Levitz dies. IKEA to enter Florida market. Flexsteel cuts jobs.

Las Vegas Market Attendees Who Register Online by 01/06/06 Will Receive Market Pass in Advance  - 12/20/2005

Hotel rooms still available to Market participants at significant savings, as low as $79 per night; Attendees encouraged to make hotel arrangements now to secure best availability and pricing.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Kennesaw  - 12/19/2005

The new 13,400-square-foot store features La-Z-Boy® furniture, accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center to help customers put it all together.

Habersham Expands Line With Newest Limited Edition, Hand-Finished Designs  - 12/19/2005

Market Introductions include new accent pieces, case goods, and occasional tables.

More Space Place® Opens New Gallery In Austin, TX  - 12/19/2005

The state-of-the-art organizational furniture store features 17 vignettes of the More Space Place’s line of space-saving products.

Making Shopping More Fun Is Key to Retailing Success  - 12/19/2005

Recreational shoppers want more than just a place to buy merchandise — They want a shop that pops!

World Market Center Offers an Inspiring Lineup of Educational Seminars and Special Events During the Upcoming January 2006 Las Vegas Market  - 12/19/2005

Over 30 seminars on design, sales and trends to be offered in the second floor resource center and at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

“Mastering Color” Seminar at San Francisco Mart  - 12/19/2005

The Art of Choosing Ideal Palettes. The seminar will be presented by Joann Eckstut, an award-winning designer and one of America’s foremost experts on color.

Kingsdown Names Thomas Agan New Senior Vice President  - 12/19/2005

Mr Agan brings a talent for building global brands to the manufacturer of premium bedding products.

Aaron's and NFL Quarterback Kurt Warner Wrap Up Homes for the Holidays Campaign  - 12/19/2005

Retailer makes furniture donation in conjunction with Homes For The Holidays charitable program founded by NFL player Warrick Dunn.

Bruce Miller of IHFC To Retire From CEO Post Of The High Point Building  - 12/19/2005

Tom Lindh, President and COO since 2003 will take on the added responsibility of CEO.

The Design Center at World Market Center Seminar to Explore the New Frontier in Home Textiles  - 12/14/2005

Since opening this summer, the Design Center at World Market Center has given design professionals their first comprehensive design resource in Las Vegas.

New Study Of Hispanic Retail Shopping Habits Reveals Price And Familiarity Drive Sales  - 12/13/2005

The ADVO study, titled El Mercado Minorista (The Retail Market), suggests that retailers who seek to reach this important group calibrate their marketing and advertising strategies to better match cultural and demographic attitudes and behaviors.

Leda Furniture To Introduce New Custom Upholstery Fabric Program  - 12/13/2005

This new program allows Leda to now offer over 100 different fabric selections for their dining room chairs.

IKEA Plans Southeastern Distribution Center At Port Of Savannah  - 12/13/2005

With initial operations slated to begin in Summer 2007, the 1.7 million square-foot Distribution Center will serve current & future IKEA home furnishings stores in Southeast.

San Francisco Announces Market Hotels. On-Line Registration Also Opens  - 12/13/2005

Retailers will find all the home fashion lifestyle products that they need at the San Francisco Mart’s Home Furnishings Show, February 2-5.

Wiltshire Named President of La-Z-Boy Retail  - 12/13/2005

Wiltshire will manage the growth of the company-owned network as well as oversee the development, operations and profitability of the 61 company-owned stores.

Shuford Mills Introduces New Outdura® Collections for 2007  - 12/13/2005

Each of the collections – Colorblocked, The Hamptons, Safari Style, and Urban Essentials – includes coordinating stripes, jacquards and solids.

FormFill Products to Add ProGrain from MicroGraphic Innovations to its Surface-Repair Kits  - 12/13/2005

ProGrain wood-grain repair technology enables nearly perfect, invisible repairs.

HOM by BERMANFALK To Introduce Designs In Walnut At The Toronto Show  - 12/13/2005

The contemporary hand-crafted Sonoma and D-Line collections feature a complete line of residential furniture for affluent and modern urban living.

Grabiner/Hall Creates Original Art For Douglas Furniture's New Corporate Headquarters  - 12/13/2005

Agency turns the company’s product, which is furniture, into art, saving time and money for their client.

Furniture Brands International Expects Fourth Quarter SalesTo Be Flat Or Slightly Down  - 12/9/2005

Lower energy costs, increasing consumer confidence and stabilization of the polyurethane foam issue have boosted expected results.

LBC Advertising Honored For Creative Work Done For Robb & Stucky Furniture  - 12/9/2005

LBC also won four (4) National Communicator Awards of Excellence for creative excellence for work done with Rooms-To-Go and Turner's Furniture.

International Interiors New York™ (IINY) Show To Relocate To Javitz Center  - 12/9/2005

This new location positions the show directly adjacent to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair® (ICFF®).

Sealy, World Market Center Announce Sealy's Exhibit for January Las Vegas Furniture Market  - 12/7/2005

Sealy will exhibit in Pavilion II in January 2006. In addition an array of its product offerings can be seen at The Aladdin Hotel.

Kincaid® Home Furnishings Store Opens In Wilmington  - 12/7/2005

The new 13,493 square-foot store features more than 20 collections of Kincaid furniture.

American Home Furnishings Alliance Elects 2006 Officers  - 12/6/2005

Robert Maricich, president and chief executive officer of Century Furniture Industries, Hickory, N.C., is the new president of AHFA.

Haverty Furniture Reports Record November Sales  - 12/6/2005

Sales for the eleven months of 2005 increased 6.1% to $748.6 million.

Kincaid Receives Distinguished Service Award  - 12/6/2005

Steven M. Kincaid, president of Kincaid Furniture, Hudson, N.C., as well as president of La-Z-Boy’s Casegoods Group receives highest honor of AHFA.

Bostic Sugg To Add New Kincaid® Home Furnishings Gallery  - 12/6/2005

The 5,500-square-foot gallery features a variety of bedroom, dining room, occasional and upholstery furnishings.

cmi And Employees Donate To the Red Cross For Hurricane Victims  - 12/6/2005

Donated to the Red Cross in Providence, Rhode Island to benefit the victims of the hurricanes that recently ravaged the country’s southern region.

Mandalay Bay Convention Center to Host More than 500 Temporary Exhibitors During the Upcoming Las Vegas Market  - 12/5/2005

A diverse roster of exhibitors, parties and educational seminars planned at Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the January 2006 Las Vegas Market.

La-Z-Boy Names Mac McCall President of Clayton Marcus  - 12/5/2005

McCall a veteran of Broyhill Furniture Industries will report to Rodney D. England, President of La-Z-Boy's Non-Branded Upholstery.

The Canadian Home Furnishings Market 2006 Expects 12,000 Visitors  - 12/2/2005

Market announces activities for exhibitors and buyers from January 14-17, 2006 in Toronto.

Bombay Reports Revenue Decline For November  - 12/2/2005

Shortfall created in the early weeks of November by not repeating a 50% off event that generated several million dollars of incremental sales last year.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - November 2005 - New Furniture Orders 3% Higher For First Three Quarters  - 12/2/2005

September orders were a good sign for many residential manufacturers. Falling gas prices and increasing consumer confidence point to furniture sales increases.

Planned Furniture Promotions Names Mark Bannon, Partner  - 12/2/2005

Bannon began working with Gene Rosenberg Associates in 1976 and served in many capacities. He recently rejoined the company a National Marketing and Account Manager.

Global Furniture USA Opens New High Point Showroom  - 12/2/2005

10,000 ft. showroom, located at 118 West Commerce Street, is in the former Michelangelo showroom.

New Kincaid® Website Offers Consumers Design Inspiration & Product Knowledge  - 12/2/2005

New site is designed to showcase its entire furniture line and provide resources that allow visitors to design the rooms of their dreams.

Bedding Retailers To Use STORIS Vision R8 Application Software  - 11/30/2005

STORIS currently supports numerous Top Bedding retailers including Rockaway Bedding, Mattress Discounters and Sit ‘N Sleep.

How & Why To Have A Retail Furniture Store Sale  - 11/30/2005

Article discusses reasons for having a sale and planning considerations.

Better Lighting - Lower Cost  - 11/30/2005

Energy costs are rising, but home furnishings retailers can cut overall costs with new lighting technologies. Part 3 of this series by Monte Lee from FURNITURE WORLD's article archives shows you how to conserve without sacrificing the showroom appearance.

Stop Losing Those Bedding Sales - Part 1  - 11/30/2005

There are twelve major ways that retailers systematically lose bedding sales. Eight of these are outlined in this important series from the FURNITURE WORLD article archives.

IKEA to unveil plans for a store in Draper, Utah  - 11/29/2005

310,000-square foot IKEA store will be constructed on 22.5 acres and is expected to open in Spring 2007.

Article Says Furniture Retailers May Be Contributing To Bedbug Outbreak  - 11/29/2005

A warning for bedding/ furniture retailers that the bugs can migrate from picked up used bedding to new deliveries on the truck.

Home Furnishings Retailer Kornmeyer’s, Chooses RETAIL 6 From CDS Solutions Group  - 11/29/2005

Furniture retaler says that the Retail 6 technology solution will position them for planned growth over the next 10 years.

Capel Expands Zip Ship Program  - 11/29/2005

Starting December 5th, orders for any in-stock rug received by 3:00 p.m., will be shipped the same day.

Dorel Announces Management Change at Dorel Juvenile Group  - 11/28/2005

Bruce Cazenave leaves. Camillo Lisio, Dorel's Chief Operating Officer, will oversee operations.

LaneVenture Introduces New Offerings In WeatherMaster Line  - 11/28/2005

Company offers more fabric choices for outdoor living spaces, plus additional color options within the WeatherMaster Natural Wicker collections.

Sunbrella® Fabrics Earn Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation  - 11/28/2005

To earn the Seal, a manufacturer must prove that its product sufficiently and safely "aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin."

SleepLogic™ introduces ChiroSense™ To Line Of “Beds For Life”  - 11/28/2005

Recent launch is just the first step in growing SleepLogic into a national mattress brand.

Off-Price Specialist Show – Home & Gift Partners with the World Market Center – Las Vegas  - 11/28/2005

Show attracts retail buyers seeking quality closeouts for immediate delivery in order to increase their stores’ profitability.

Denver Mattress Company Aligns With The Salvation Army for Operation: Rest Assured  - 11/22/2005

140 plus store chain will raise over $150,000 for the Colorado Chapter of the Salvation Army through the donation of $20 per mattress sold.

Polyurethane Foam Association's Fire Education Program Targets Rural South  - 11/22/2005

The program’s goal is to reduce the number of deaths resulting from household fires by educating at-risk groups on ways to avoid household fires.

Clear Thinking Group Predicts Increased Holiday Sales For 2005  - 11/22/2005

Holiday season's retail sales expected to increase by 4% to 4.5% over those recorded in 2004. Gift cards and consumer electronics are hot categories.

Conference Board Predicts Slight Decrease In 2005 Holiday Spending  - 11/22/2005

About 34 percent of all consumers will buy holiday gifts on the Internet, up from 33 percent a year ago.

Top La-Z-Boy Sales Reps Inducted Into Company's Summit Club  - 11/22/2005

The award, which is given annually, honors the year's highest-performing sales representative or team.

Nationwide Furniture and Mattress Warehouse Partner with ServiceCheck To Provide Customer Feedback  - 11/22/2005

ServiceCheck will provide live answer telephone hot line services to NWFI’s customers.

Website Offers New, Updated International Woodworking Technology  - 11/22/2005

The website additions include an electronic version of the woodworking SourceBook that permits viewers to search by brand name, product and service, as well as for local distributors.

Online Furniture Retailer Furniturefind.com Launches Redesigned Interface  - 11/22/2005

New interface allows shoppers to search for furniture by style, construction materials or room and furniture dimensions.

IKEA Children's Holiday Gift Program Benefits Save The Children & Unicef  - 11/22/2005

IKEA offers shoppers a way to give a gift this holiday season that gives back to children around the globe.

Richter Furniture Assets Acquired by Affiliate Company of Buxbaum Group  - 11/22/2005

Deal to provide operational assistance and funding for Richter Furniture, a supplier to retailers such as Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma Home.

Transpacific Lines See Operating Costs Rising More Than 7% in 2006  - 11/22/2005

Inland rail and trucking costs to rise as well. Dramatic impact on furniture shipping costs anticipated.

Restoration Hardware, Inc. Reports Wider Third Quarter Loss  - 11/22/2005

Retailer continues strategy to expand their higher margin core businesses and edit lower margin discovery items and accessories.

Creating a Dynamic Furniture Sales Team  - 11/22/2005

Everyone agrees that furniture stores need better salespeople. Not everyone, however, agrees on the best ways to hire and educate them.

The 11th China Int’l Furniture (Export) & Woodworking Machinery Exhibition May 28-31, 2006  - 11/20/2005

The show caters to the traditional and fast growing solid wood furniture and wood products manufacturing Industry.

Furniture Manufacturer and Importer Lorts Promotes Fred Faul and Paul Backer  - 11/20/2005

Fred Faul has been named Lorts’ new Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Paul Backer has been promoted to Vice President of Operations.

imm Cologne 2006 Opens New Exhibition Center  - 11/17/2005

imm Cologne show to feature 2006 interior trends starting on January 16, 2006.

India Expo Centre & Mart Announces Winter Show Dates  - 11/17/2005

Indian Furnishings, Floorings & Textiles Expo (IFFTEX) to be held on January 19-22, 2006.

Mease Named CFO/COO Of Connie Post Companies  - 11/17/2005

Mease reports to Connie Post, chief executive, and is responsible for finance, accounting and operations.

Wayne Remmel Retires From Villageois  - 11/16/2005

Deke DeCoursey has been named the new Director of Sales, US for the quality casegoods manufacturer.

Hotel Discounts Announced For Las Vegas Furniture Show  - 11/16/2005

The World Market Center in Las Vegas announced the following hotel deals for the upcoming January Las Vegas Furniture Market.

Firm Hired To Recruit New President of The High Point IHFMA  - 11/16/2005

Korn/Ferry International will seek new president for IHFMA, the organization that provides unified management and marketing for the High Point Home Furnishings Market.

Haverty Furniture Donates $200,000 For Hurricane Relief Efforts  - 11/16/2005

'Havertys Helps' campaign raised funds for the victims. Store matched employees contriubitons dollar-for-dollar.

La-Z-Boy Reports Net Sales Decline Of 13% For Second Quarter  - 11/16/2005

Supply chain issues resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a restructuring charge and a softer-than-expected retail environment cited as reasons for drop.

Winter SHOWTIME Fabric Market In High Point To Feature New Security Measures  - 11/16/2005

The show, draws more than 2,500 participants and will feature exhibits by 221 of the ITMA’s 246 members.

ASID Industry Sponsors Are Lining Up to Support ASID Foundation  - 11/16/2005

The first annual auction fundraiser will take place during INTERIORS 06: The ASID Conference on Design, in Nashville, Tenn., on March 16 -19.

Retailer Legacy Home Furnishings/Mitsubishi Join Forces for Gala Grand Opening!  - 11/16/2005

The grand opening celebration will feature the world’s highest definition HDTVs on display in Legacy’s first-ever Mitsubishi Diamond Home Theater Gallery.

Andy Gans & Richard Healy To Be Honored By GNYHFA  - 11/15/2005

Andy Gans of Gans Brothers and Richard Healy of he Place Furniture Galleries to receive Jerry Gans Memorial Award that honors furniture executives for distinguished service.

Webb To Close Galax Plant - Eight Charged In Broyhill Embezzlement  - 11/15/2005

Bassett embezzlement - Gabbert's Dallas closing and Minneapolis store upgrade - Levitz bankruptcy - Webb Plant closing.

Leon's Third Quarter Sales Increase By 8 Percent  - 11/15/2005

Merchandise volumes rise at a higher pace than sales dollars as lower priced offshore furniture products are brought in.

Verlo Mattress Gives Customized Bed To “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”  - 11/15/2005

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores contribute to a life-changing transformation on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” Sunday, Nov. 13 episode.

RoomStore and Furniture.com Announce Agreement  - 11/14/2005

Furniture.com is expected to introduce RoomStore merchandise online during the first half of 2006 as well as launch e-commerce offerings at Roomstore’s current website.

New Life-Sized "DYI Templates" Take the Fear Factor Out of Purchasing Furniture  - 11/14/2005

This afforable space planning tool takes the guess-work out of furniture purchasing.

South Shore Launches Brand & Introduces 100 New Products  - 11/14/2005

Along with this positioning, South Shore is also unveiling a new logo that reflects the product’s friendly personality with warm tones of red and yellow.

Richard Frovich Is New National Sales Manager For Terra Cotta Products Manufacturer Frankoma Inc.  - 11/14/2005

New owners Det and Crystal Merryman also recently launched six new collections at the recent High Point Market.

Globe Express Services Expands Its LTL Service From Asia To USA  - 11/13/2005

This program will be marketed to both U.S. consignees buying on FOB terms and Asian shippers selling on a CIF basis.

Sofa Mart and Furniture Row Outlet Donate To Help Street Kids In Mexico City  - 11/12/2005

The campaign titled, "Hope Is Always in Style," consisted of a $20 donation for every sofa sold from September 14 through October 12, 2005.

O'Sullivan Receives Final Approval of $35 Million DIP Financing and Authority to Honor Customer Programs  - 11/10/2005

This order will allow O'Sullivan to utilize all programs in place with customers and to provide a continued high level of service.

New River Casual Furniture Announces Marketing Agreement  - 11/10/2005

New River Casual Furniture has reached an agreement to acquire exclusive retail distribution channel and existing inventory of iGarden Dabol-manufactured products from DLH Nordisk.

Capel Reports Attendance In High Point Increased 15%  - 11/10/2005

Attendance increases in spite of "thinly attended" October market.

Nationwide Marketing Group and Furniture Marketing Group Form Alliance  - 11/9/2005

This new alliance will effectively double FMG’s buying power to approximately $2 billion at retail.

AHFA Contracts With Stratus For Plywood Research  - 11/9/2005

To provide industry-wide research and guidance related to new air regulations impacting manufacturers.

NAEIR Offers Free Excess Inventory Donation Information Kit  - 11/9/2005

NAEIR accepts donations of new, overstock merchandise, then provides the proper tax documentation.

Survey Reveals Growth In Third Quarter Spending For Home Luxuries  - 11/8/2005

Confidence drops dramatically as does spending on experiential luxuries, such as travel, dining, entertainment and home services.

AHFA Presents Environmental Safety Awards  - 11/8/2005

The American Home Furnishings Alliance recently presented its 2005 awards for environmental and safety excellence.

IKEA Kitchen Survey Reveals Link Between Kitchen Satisfaction and Happiness with Spouse  - 11/8/2005

The most coveted kitchen feature worldwide is an island - 41 percent say they would add one.

Vermont Precision Announces New Import Division, Bolton Furniture  - 11/7/2005

Bolton Furniture Company offers the value of off shore pricing with the backing and expertise of a respected domestic manufacturer.

La-Z-Boy and X-Rite Introduce In-store Color Matching Technology for Custom Fabric Selection  - 11/7/2005

Kaleidoscope reads the colors found in a shopper’s favorite home accessories and provides them with a host of fabric recommendations that will correlate with or match the colors in the decorative piece.

Designer Liora Manne Honored At FIT Dinner  - 11/7/2005

Todd Oldham, who presented Manne her award, said she was "truly a star, who brings ingenuity and integrity to home and fashion accessories."

Movelsul Brazil Set For March 13-17, 2006  - 11/7/2005

One of the most comprehensive international furniture trade fairs in Latin America, displays the quality of Brazilian furniture.

First Crate and Barrel Store To Open In Indianapolis  - 11/7/2005

33,700 square foot store is located at the Fashion Mall at Keystone Crossing

World Market Center Announces Online Registration for January 2006 Las Vegas Show  - 11/7/2005

Online registration is available for buyers, designers, international registrants, exhibitors, and representatives.

Theodore Alexander Limited and Saigon Fine Furniture Limited Get World Bank Group Financing  - 11/7/2005

One of the largest furniture manufacturers in Southeast Asia and Vietnam gets $8 million in financing from IFC.

Rooms to Go Makes 4,000 Room Furniture Donation to Hurricane Katrina Victims  - 11/6/2005

A large portion of the free furniture is being distributed through local affiliates of the National Furniture Bank Association.

Westley Owens Joins Ital Art Design  - 11/4/2005

She will have responsibility for developing an extended collection of accessories for the Rancho Dominguez, CA-based importer and manufacturer.

Bush Industries Announces Retirement of President  - 11/4/2005

Ayres was a primary driver of the company’s growth from $75 million to over $300 million in revenues.

Douglas Furniture Introduces Hollywood Dining Collection  - 11/3/2005

Constructed of Walnut solids and fancy faced Walnut veneers, the line contains 21 total pieces. Including three different dining room tables in a variety of shapes, lengths and heights.

The Iron Tulip Bed with Birds Is A Hit At High Point  - 11/3/2005

The bed retails for $6560.00 and comes with the options of pineapples, flowers or crosses in exchange for the birds.

BIFMA Begins ANSI Public Review Process for Furniture Emission Test Standards  - 11/3/2005

The BIFMA Furniture Emissions Standard (FES) Subcommittee recently completed drafting a Standard and Test Method for measuring emissions from office furniture.

H. Hendy Associates Completes Showroom That Supports The Sales Process and Employee's Needs  - 11/3/2005

Firm creates a working showroom, where the products on display are actually in use on a daily basis by the employees.

3,000 Chinese Workers Go On Strike At Decoro Factory  - 11/3/2005

Workers walk over alleged beatings and reported pay cuts at upholstery giant's factory.

Haverty Furniture Reports Lower Net Income For Quarter  - 11/2/2005

Comparable-store sales decline 1% for the third quarter. Higher occupancy and transportation costs impact net income.

TSA Lines Report Delays In Container Shipments  - 11/2/2005

Periodic backups in arriving cargo and longer gate turn times for trucks at harbor terminals may affect furniture deliveries.

Tupelo Furniture Market Seeks Solution To High Motel Prices  - 11/2/2005

Ed Neeley, the Mayor of Tupelo held a meeting with city leaders to address price spikes during the show.

Austin Gray Reports Highly Successful High Point Show  - 11/2/2005

Terry Redlin Lifestyle Furniture Collection marketing concept takes off for this North Carolina based company.

India Expo Centre and Mart to Open  - 11/2/2005

The Center will make its debut in January 2006 with a wealth of vendors, products, services, and amenities designed to make buying Indian products both simple and profitable for retailers.

Meyda Lighting To Introduce Watersedge Contemporary Art Glass Collection at the Dallas Winter Lighting Market  - 11/2/2005

The firm will also offer sell-thru consumer programs and other promotions, as well as a 330-page catalog on its stained glass lighting and windows.

Checklist For The Furniture Store GOB  - 11/2/2005

Is the going out of business event a furniture retailer's worst nightmare? GOB specialist explains how to do it right.

Gunsafe Introduces Gun Display Cabinet With Added Security Features  - 11/2/2005

Two steel bars encased in fittings of rectangular hardwood make theft impossible without completely destroying the cabinet itself.

IKEA Opens First Massachusetts Store, in Stoughton, on November 9  - 11/2/2005

The 346,000 square-foot IKEA Stoughton features nearly 10,000 exclusively-designed home furnishings and accessories under one roof and employs approximately 500 co-workers.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - October 2005 - New Orders 2% Higher Year To Date  - 11/1/2005

High gas prices, expectations for high home heating costs and lower consumer confidence point to no significant increases in furniture sales.

New River Introduces Brazilian Wood Indoor/Outdoor Rockers  - 11/1/2005

Six distinctive designs are offered in seven finishes.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Sales Decrease  - 10/31/2005

Bedroom, dining and occasional furniture sales slump while upholstered shipments rise.

American Capital Invests $32 Million in Accent Furniture Comany Stein World  - 10/31/2005

The Company produces over 750 SKUs through several accent furniture and lighting manufacturers in China.

Designer Liora Manne Gets 2005 Star Salute From Fashion Institute of Technology  - 10/29/2005

Proceeds from the Star Salute Dinner benefit the Educational Development Fund, which funds scholarships and housing stipends for economically disadvantaged FIT students.

Top Global Procurement Company in the Garden and Accessory Market Comes to the U.S.  - 10/29/2005

With over 2000 factories at their disposal, MARC supplies a wide range of products to the outdoor furniture markets.

Entrepreneurial Dads Create of Thoughtfully Designed Children’s Furnishings  - 10/29/2005

Their premier product—an indoor play table—was designed by a team of Rhode Island School of Design Furniture Design students.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results -- Revenues Up 20%  - 10/28/2005

Expects business to pick up in three to six months in storm ravaged areas as customers return to their homes and need replacement furnishings.

Key Furniture Industry Executives Join Electric Fireplace Manufacturer  - 10/28/2005

Ronald Jeghers, the new VP Sales was formerly with Shermag. Andres Castro, new Director of International Business was VP International Marketing and Sales at Palliser Furniture.

Capel Honors Retired Executive Directors In High Point  - 10/28/2005

Retired Executive Directors A. Leon Capel, Jr., Jesse S. Capel and Arron W. E. Capel speak of many lessons learned in the industry.

The Design Center at World Market CenterSM Offers Educational Seminars and Events  - 10/27/2005

Upcoming designer event series includes a panel discussion entitled “Designing for Today’s Consumers,” an informative seminar on Feng Shui and a sample sale open to the trade only.

NHFA Elects Mary Ann Levitt of Breuners Arizona President  - 10/26/2005

She steps into the spot occupied in 2005 by Jerry Baer, Baer’s Furniture, Pompano Beach, Fla., who moves to the post of chairman.

NHFA Presents Sales Education Programs To High Point University  - 10/26/2005

Four educational programs produced by NHFA from 1956 to 1999 were presented.

International Home Furnishings Market Authority Changes High Point Market Dates  - 10/25/2005

Markets will run Monday-Sunday, beginning with the October 16 -22, 2006 event. The spring 2006 Market will run from April 27- May 3.

Matt Hurley, Of Otto & Moore, Inc. Furniture Wins ASFD President's Award  - 10/25/2005

A 2000 Honors Graduate from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Hurley has been with Otto & Moore since 2000 and also serves on the ASFD Board of Directors.

IKEA Celebrates 20th Birthday IN USA  - 10/25/2005

Three day celebration thanks co-workers, customers and community with fun, festivities & largest ever “cake”.

More Space Place® Promotes And Adds Staff To Prepare For National Growth  - 10/25/2005

More Space Place® retail franchise, with 32 Operating Galleries, and 14 more under contract to be built, recently expanded its corporate staff.

Select Comfort Corporation Announces Record Sales and Earnings  - 10/25/2005

Net sales grow 22 percent; Same-store sales grow 15 percent.

Ethan Allen Announces Sales Increase Of 9.1%  - 10/25/2005

Written sales increased 18.1% while comparable store written sales increased 15.4%.

Flexsteel Announces .4% Decrease In Net Sales For Quarter  - 10/25/2005

Company responds to increases in costs for foam, fabric, steel and plywood by raising upholstery prices.

Katrina, Rita, Still Blasting the Furniture Industry  - 10/25/2005

When foam prices rise so does the cost of upholstered furniture. What will be the effect on consumer demand?

Creative Business Decisions, Inc. and ApprovalWare, Inc. Announce Joint Technology Venture To Serve Furniture Retailers  - 10/25/2005

Furniture retailers have already agreed to use system to process over $100,000,000 in consumer credit applications during 2006.

Mendenhall Resigns From International Home Furnishings Market Authority  - 10/25/2005

New Authority president has not yet been named.

IWPA To Celebrate 50th Convention - April 5-7, 2006  - 10/25/2005

World of Wood is organized by the International Wood Products Association.

Furniture Repair School Opened To Serve Furniture Retailers  - 10/25/2005

Five day session teaches latest techniques including repairing crushed corners, scratched tops, faux finishing, structural repairs, crushed carvings, missing parts, etc.

2005 Pinnacle Design Achievement Award Winners Named  - 10/22/2005

Nearly 300 industry guests were present for the event which was kicked off with a cocktail reception sponsored by Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company.

MGM Transport Begins Light Assembly At Eden, NC Facility  - 10/21/2005

MGM Transport Corp. has begun light assembly production of dining room chairs for A-America Furniture at its new Eden distribution facility.

Sealy Announces Price Increases Across Product Lines  - 10/21/2005

Move made to offset rising costs of raw materials used in the manufacture of its bedding products. 

IKEA Portland, To Open In Spring 2007, Will Build On Success Of Seattle-Area Store  - 10/21/2005

The 280,000 square-foot future IKEA Portland and its approximately 1,200 parking spaces will be built on nearly 19 acres .

EBay Top 10 Hot Furniture Categories & Buyer Searches For September 05  - 10/21/2005

Ebay has released its top ten hot furniture categories and most frequently used buyer searches for the month of September 2005.

Plato S. Wilson Elected as Trustee at High Point University  - 10/21/2005

High Point furniture leader Plato Wilson is a legend in the field of sales. He was inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame in October 2004.

La-Z-Boy Subsidiary Sells 'Englander' Sleep Products Name & Trademarks  - 10/21/2005

Englander was founded by Max Englander in 1894 and is the second oldest brand of quality sleep products in the United States.

NBA Launches NBA At Home In High Point  - 10/19/2005

Most items can be customized with a choice of your favorite NBA team or league logo with delivery in six to eight weeks.

Butler Specialty Adds To Connoisseur’s Collection In High Point  - 10/19/2005

Butler adds 26 pieces to its top-of-the-line collection.

CDS Solutions Group Launches Retail 6 Retail Software Package In High Point  - 10/19/2005

Retail 6, which has been in development for nearly five years, provides an easy-to-use, cost effective retail management solution. Its leading-edge technology allows a retailer to control all areas of the home furnishings retail environment.

More Space Place® To Open Nine New Galleries By February ’06  - 10/18/2005

The More Space Place System is in the midst of a steady, controlled and successful growth strategy with hand picked Owner Operators in selected markets.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Santa Rosa  - 10/17/2005

The new 18,200-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Stanley Furniture Announces Record Sales and Earnings for the Third Quarter of 2005  - 10/17/2005

For the first nine months of 2005, net sales of $252.2 million rose 13.3% over the comparable prior year period.

14 Oct 2005 21:55 GMT O'Sullivan Industries to File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection  - 10/17/2005

Company takes steps to deal with its debt burden.

Conlin's Furniture Announces Grand Re-Opening Of Bismark Outlet  - 10/17/2005

Facility improvements will allow the company to effectively display Broyhill products in the Bismarck region's only Broyhill Home Furnishings Gallery.

IHFMA Brings New Multimodal Transportation Facility to the Heart of Downtown High Point  - 10/16/2005

This is the preliminary phase of a larger project that includes a covering for the entire 200 block of Commerce Avenue.

Industry Leaders Nominated To Enter American Furniture Hall Of Fame  - 10/15/2005

New members of the American Furniture Hall of Fame for 2005 will be selected from six nominated industry leaders. Nominees inducted will be honored at a banquet gala to be held on October 20, 2005, the opening night of the High Point market.

EQ3 High Point Introductions To Be Disco Glam And Laid Back Cool  - 10/15/2005

In High Point, the vibe will be nostalgic as EQ3 revives the best of the 70s...the days of disco, polyester leisure suits, mood rings & roller-skates.

Furniture World Magazine Beautiful Furniture Truck Contest Attracts Some Winners  - 10/15/2005

Entries were judged on the graphic approach used as well as special modifications and maintenance procedures.

Magnussen To Display Authentic Renoir Painting In High Point  - 10/14/2005

Magnussen Home will display the priceless artwork and several other Biltmore House treasures to celebrate the launch of the Château Collection from Biltmore Estate For Your Home by Magnussen Home.

Romweber Offers Furniture Consultants Interactive Internet Sales Training  - 10/14/2005

The audio and video training will feature a seasoned, degreed interior designer with extensive experience in the retail industry.

Norwalk Furniture's Barton Sofa Wins the American Furniture Award  - 10/14/2005

Among 13 winners this to be honored this year at a reception during the International Furniture Market in High Point, NC.

High Point Market Announces "Universal" Buyers Pass & Other Initiatives  - 10/14/2005

Improvements in four areas will be implemented by the April show.

Sealy Launches New Flame Resistant Line - High Point Debut  - 10/14/2005

Sealy’s non-toxic, fiber-based FlameGuard system meets California’s TB-603 state regulations.

Wilson Joins Leda as Canadian VP Sales & Marketing  - 10/14/2005

Wilson will work closely with Leda President Marco L. Confalone and US Vice President Sale & Marketing Richard Graves to develop various new marketing and branding programs.

World Market Center Launches Phase Three Leasing Campaign - Phase Two Is 90% Leased  - 10/14/2005

Sales effort for Building Three to commence as the Second building on the campus is now 90% leased – more than one year before opening.

ISPA Expo 2006 To Draw Mattress Industry Worldwide  - 10/14/2005

To feature exhibits showcasing supply component materials, services and machinery dedicated solely to the mattress manufacturing industry an educational sessions on important industry topics.

High Point Transportation Terminal Dedication On October 16  - 10/13/2005

Located on Commerce Street between Showplace and the International Home Furnishings Center, the new terminal will simplify getting around the Market.

Leggett Acquires 5 Furnishings Component Companies  - 10/13/2005

Collectively, these acquisitions should add about $85 million to annual company revenues, and also provide approximately $20 million of store fixtures manufacturing in Asia.

Bold Colors & Eye-Catching Introductions For Taylor King At High Point  - 10/13/2005

High Point introductions focus on color, spirited patterns and new product development.

GERS Retail Systems Announces New Senior Vice President of Sales  - 10/13/2005

He is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of sales and management experience in enterprise solutions and retail.

Jonathan Adler Furniture Debuts Second Collection  - 10/13/2005

The introduction of oiled-walnut veneer, terrazzo, mohair and Sensuede® fabrics compliments the new, luxurious styles.

CIFF2005 China International Furniture Fair -Post Show Report  - 10/13/2005

The 16th China International Furniture Fair (CIFF2005) once again drew thousands of furniture industry players around the world to Guangzhou.

Charleston Forge Appoints Ben Rawls As President And Hires 2 New Reps  - 10/13/2005

Former Hickory Chair and Boyles furniture excutive adds management and marketing talent. Showroom renovation and many new introductions for High Point.

VIFAH To Offer Direct Vietnamese Sourcing - At High Point Show  - 10/13/2005

Vietnamese company opens permanent office in North Carolina to create a direct channel between US retailers and Vietnamese producers for promotional, medium and high end goods.

Zocalo Introduces Classic Mid-Century Modern Designs For High Point  - 10/13/2005

Echo's combination of mid-century styles borrow design cues from the classics but at excellent price points.

BERMANFALK To Show Lines At Interhall and Market On Green In High Point  - 10/13/2005

BERMANFALK will showcase two greatly expanded collections, the Sabre and the Empress as well as their brand of contemporary design classics named HOM by BERMANFALK.

Ultimate Classic Luxury Kitchens To Be Shown In High Point  - 10/13/2005

Renowned Chef Jacques Haeringer’s cooking demonstrations will illustrate the superior functionality of the latest thermador appliances in the Francesco Molon showroom.

Ekornes Reports Sales And Profit Increases  - 10/13/2005

The company realized a nearly 23% increase in revenues from 2003 to 2004 and expects another 13% increase in 2005.

Elway Home by Bassett Unveils New American Retreat Collection For High Point  - 10/13/2005

Designs are inspired from the historic architecture and furnishings found in retreat destinations in Colorado and America’s great outdoors.

Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc. Seeks Chapter 11 Protection to Enable Restructuring  - 10/12/2005

The company will continue to operate its retail furniture stores in the ordinary course of business while it restructures.

New Consumer Buying Tip Book Looks At Best Known Furniture Retailers  - 10/12/2005

The Author concentrated her research on some of the best-known furniture retailers in the country, including: Thomasville, Ethan Allen, Bloomingdales, Marshall Field's, Crate and Barrel and Furnitureland South.

Robert Dunklau, Publisher of Home Décor Buyer, To Become Executive Vice President of The Coastal Group  - 10/12/2005

Full service marketing agency specializes in the home furnishings industry.

Johnnie Smith Joins Ital Art Design  - 10/12/2005

Ms. Smith has joined the manufacturer and importer of traditional dining room, occasional and upholstered furniture as VP Sales and Marketing.

FURNITURE WORLD Magazine Launches e-furninfo.com.  - 10/11/2005

New e-mailer brings current furniture industry news and information to www.furninfo.com and FURNITURE WORLD Magazine readers.

October/ November FURNITURE WORLD Magazine Editorial Features Available Online  - 10/11/2005

Learn how to shop the competition... the latest in sales management techniques... about a great new product education tool... risks of abuse of executive power and much more.

Furninfo.com Readers Weigh In On Levitz Problems  - 10/11/2005

Salespeople, retail managers and corporate insiders are starting to compare the current worries about Levitz to the recent situation at Rhodes.

GERS Retail Systems Announces New Vice President for Multi-Channel Commerce  - 10/11/2005

Amir Golshan brings over 18 years of experience in product development and professional services in retail, supply chain, and financial industries.

Post Show Report, Furniture China (Shanghai)  - 10/10/2005

Show grows to 1421 exhibitors, almost two million square feet of exhibition space and 8,000 international attendees.

Lea Industries Plans iPOD Give-Away In High Point As Part Of Their iROOM Youth Collection Promotion  - 10/10/2005

Collection takes color and style cues from the hugely popular MP3 player by Apple.

La-Z-Boy Kidz follows up on bedding introductions from last market with “Kidz Room in a Box” accessory program  - 10/10/2005

Lea is introducing an all new kind of accessory program this market to coordinate with their bedding line.

American Drew Announces Expansion Of Successful PROFILES Line.  - 10/10/2005

After the medium-priced lifestyle line’s successful launch last April, two new “lifestyle collections” have been added.

Cornerstone Health Care and High Point Regional Health System Continue to Provide Free Minor Medical Care at International Home Furnishings Market  - 10/10/2005

According to Judy Mendenhall, President of the IHFM Authority, the service continues to be greatly appreciated by market goers.

Gary Reif, former President, CEO, and founder of GERS Retail Systems Dies At 58  - 10/10/2005

Gary was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of GERS Retail Systems, a leading software supplier from 1983 to 1998.

World-Famous Neville Brothers to Perform At High Point Market on October 22nd  - 10/10/2005

The concert will take place in the parking lot between Showplace and the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), in downtown High Point at 7:00p.m.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Evansville  - 10/8/2005

The new 17,500-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Mattress Community Returns to Las Vegas for 2005 ISPA Industry Conference  - 10/8/2005

Attendees participated in unique educational and networking opportunities throughout the event.

Winners announced in Second Vermont Wood Products Design Competition  - 10/8/2005

The goal of the Design Competition was to raise awareness among architects and designers, industry members, and consumers about the diversity, high quality craftsmanship, and innovative design exhibited in Vermont wood products.

Barclay Butera Home To Introduce Lush and Elegant Designs In High Point  - 10/8/2005

Fabrics play a key role in the lush BBH showroom featuring these new transitional , clean-lined tailored and detailed pieces.

Big Lots Comparable Store Sales Increase 2.9% - Will Close 41 Stand-Alone Furniture Stores  - 10/7/2005

Stand-alone furniture store sales represent less than 1% of total Company sales and recently have been generating operating losses. Furniture sales within existing closeout stores represent approximately 12% of total Company sales.

Haverty Reports September Sales Increase of 9.3%  - 10/7/2005

James Daniell joins the 117 store chain as assistant VP marketing and Janet Taylor is their new VP law.

Bombay Announces September Revenue Decrease  - 10/7/2005

Sales for the month were impacted by the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as rising fuel costs.

Hickory Hill Furniture Launches New Vision and New Brand Strategy  - 10/7/2005

Lifestyle Collections will help Dealers and Consumers find their "PerfectMatch."

Major High Point Introduction For Zocalo's Metropolitan Leather Program  - 10/7/2005

The diverse product additions unveil several firsts for Zocalo, including recliners, platform beds, and styling that coordinates with new case good collections.

Fairmont Designs To Unveil Extensive Showroom Renovation In High Point  - 10/7/2005

Fairmont Designs will unveil a new look at its 30,000-square-foot showroom in the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.

World Market Center (Las Vegas) Offers Discounted Rates at Hotels for the January 2006 Market  - 10/6/2005

World Market Center has once again partnered with ITS, a full-service, one-stop travel and housing provider, to negotiate custom room blocks and rates at approximately 15 hotel properties.

Trend Seminar at SF Mart Emerging Looks for 2006 and Beyond  - 10/6/2005

Learn what’s directional in home furnishings, accessories and gifts from all the fall shows – Paris, Frankfort, High Point and more.

Survey Reveals Attendees Want Shift Of HIgh Point Market Dates To March and September  - 10/5/2005

Based on preliminary analysis, respondents believe holding Market for a week in both September and March would be in the best interest of the High Point Market.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Stores Re-open In Mishawaka and San Jose  - 10/5/2005

The newly remodeled 16,000-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Demand Rising but Outlook Cautious for Household Durables Industry, Says Standard & Poor's  - 10/5/2005

Rising energy costs have sharpened Americans' bargain-hunting instincts, causing many consumers to tighten their purse strings, particularly when it comes to furniture shopping.

Shaw Living Announces New Product Introductions For High Point Show  - 10/5/2005

New designs are transitional and contemporary patterns that capture the sophistication of urban lifestyles.

Zocalo® To Introduce New Farallon™ Collection in High Point  - 10/5/2005

Constructed from poplar solids and cherry veneers, Farallon brings a transitional look to the clean, hip profiles of Sterling Park.

Foam Shortage Looming: Supplier Puts La-Z-Boy On Allocation  - 10/5/2005

Foam shortage coupled with low foam inventories and damage to plywood parts production facility to put pressure on La-Z-Boy's second quarter financial results.

North Carolina Craft Trail Coalition To Exhibit In Press Center During High Point Show  - 10/5/2005

Seven top craft artists from around North Carolina will display their work in glass, wood, steel, forged iron and clay. The Media Center's exhibit space is located at 220 E. Commerce Ave.

Study Says Hispanics Responsible for Significant Growth in Furniture Markets  - 10/5/2005

Compared to non-Hispanic consumer units, Hispanics spend a higher percentage of their budgets (1.2% and 1.0%) and slightly more in absolute terms ($403 vs. $401) for furniture.

Bassett Furniture Announces Further Consolidation of Wood Production  - 10/4/2005

The Company plans to move production of certain products from the Mount Airy facility to its wood facility in Bassett, Va., with the remaining product being imported.

Hickory Creek Furniture Offers Help for Victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita  - 10/4/2005

Hickory Creek has also launched a relief program entitled 'Furniture for Relief'. This program provides a $50 donation in furniture to hurricane victims for every order of $1000 or more placed in October.

The Canadian Home Furnishings Market 2006: The Show That Rallies The Entire Canadian Furniture Industry  - 10/4/2005

The 2006 edition of The Canadian Home Furnishings Market, the most high-impact show in the Canadian residential furniture marketplace, is coming up from January 14 to 17 at the International Centre in Mississauga, near Toronto.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - September 2005 - Pre Hurricane Shipments & New Orders Up  - 10/4/2005

Year-to-date, new orders were just under 2.5 percent ahead of last year. Some 43 percent of the participants have reported increases in new orders year-to-date. Hurricane damage and gas prices interject uncertainty.

R.C. Willey Home Furnishings Signs Lease for Roseville Distribution Center  - 10/3/2005

Is an deal location to service RC Willey stores in Rocklin and Reno and future stores in the greater Sacramento, CA area.

HTL Buys German Furniture Co For EUR19M  - 10/3/2005

Domicil, which was founded in 1978, has a network of 15 owned retail stores and eight franchised outlets in Germany.

IKEA To Hire 400 At Sacramento Store - Seeks Applicants  - 10/3/2005

400 diverse coworker positions available in: home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment.

Oriental Accent, Inc. introduces Oscar de la Renta Home Collection at the October International Home Furnishings Market.  - 10/3/2005

Oriental Accent will introduce more than 60 SKUs in the debut of the Oscar de la Renta Collection to retail dealers at the October 20-26, 2005 International Home Furnishings Market.

Kerry Tramel of Lady Americana Elected ISPA's Vice Chair  - 10/3/2005

As ISPA Vice Chair, he will help to guide the Association as part of its Executive Committee.

The Chair Factory Signs Italy-Based Torre Furniture  - 10/3/2005

Added nearly 100 new versions with endless color and fabric variations per chair to their huge database of unique chairs, barstools and tables.

Rooms To Go Donates $1 Million to American Red Cross for Katrina Disaster Relief  - 9/30/2005

This $1 million donation is only the beginning. The company plans to work in conjunction with several other relief efforts to determine how Rooms To Go can help with donations and furniture.

Hooker Furniture Reports 2005 Third Quarter Net Sales Increase  - 9/30/2005

Net sales of Hooker's imported wood and metal furniture during the 2005 third quarter increased $4.8 million, or 10.5%.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Opens First Williams-Sonoma Home Store  - 9/30/2005

The new store, like the catalog, will sell beautifully crafted custom-upholstered furniture, handcrafted wood furniture, lighting,and other home furnishings items.

PROFITSystems Introduces The Customer Care Center -Sales Improvement Tool For Furniture Retailers  - 9/30/2005

Addition to its PROFITprofessional software to be introduced in High Point provides users with complete front-end, customer relationship management, and sales management applications in a fully integrated format.

Four Top Designers To Present Two Ideal Houses At Cologne Show In January  - 9/30/2005

From January 16 to 22, 2006, at the new part of the Cologne exhibition center, visitors at imm cologne will be able to discover the visionary nature of the ideal houses and their designers.

Charleston Forge to Premier New Furniture & Fine Crafts Collections at Market  - 9/30/2005

Family-Warmth to Urban Chic to Wine Country Casual, plus a new fine crafts collection.

IKEA's Metro Detroit Store on Track to Open Summer 2006  - 9/29/2005

The future 311,000 square-foot IKEA Canton will be the first IKEA store and restaurant destination in Michigan, and 28th in the U.S.

Uttermost Chief Executive Joins Hooker Furniture Board  - 9/29/2005

Cooper, 41, joined Rocky Mount, Va.-based Uttermost in 1987. Under his leadership, the company has experienced explosive growth and become one of the leading companies in the decorative accessories segment.

Karel Furniture and Accessory Market Bets on Success in Atlantic City  - 9/29/2005

From Sunday, May 7 through Tuesday, May 9, 2006, retail buyers of furniture, lighting, bedding and accessories are expected to converge upon the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Denver Mattress Company and WB2 Help Collect Warm Clothes Donations  - 9/29/2005

All coats and winter apparel will be given to Energy Outreach Colorado for distribution. In 2004, the campaign collected over 3,500 items.

RentDirect Nationwide Expands Across U.S.  - 9/29/2005

Nationwide Marketing Group, has annual purchases of more than $9 billion in appliances, consumer electronics and furniture.

European Furniture Manufacturers Federation Conference in May To Discuss China  - 9/29/2005

Conference to be held in Majorca by the European Furniture Manufacturers Federation to focus on furniture production and capital resource movement to China and other emergent countries.

Fourbro Frames Announces New Additions To Beachwalk Willie Collection To Be Shown In High Point  - 9/29/2005

Adding more pieces to its highly successful Beachwalk Willie Wall Décor Collection which was introduced at this summer’s Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Show.

Women In the Home Industries Today (WithIt) Announces High Point Market Events  - 9/28/2005

Women In the Home Industries Today (WithIt) continues its tradition of offering several educational and networking events during the International Home Furnishings Market

Aktrin Forecasts $77.5 Billion In American Consumer Spending On Furniture And Bedding  - 9/27/2005

Forecast for a 2.7% growth rate for furniture sector, bringing the market value to $ 77.5 billion in 2005.

Lay’s Home Furnishings To Add La-Z-Boy Gallery®  - 9/27/2005

The new 9,000-square-foot gallery will feature a broad selection of La-Z-Boy® products for the family room and living room.

Natuzzi S.p.A. Calls Back about 90% of the Workers Temporarily Laid off at the Italian Factories  - 9/26/2005

Starting in the second half of October 2005 it will call back about 90% of the workers that were temporarily laid off at the Italian factories ("Cassa Integrazione") from last June.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Donates Furniture to the Children’s Advocacy Center  - 9/26/2005

The CAC is an interagency public/private partnership dedicated to minimizing trauma to children and families when concerns of abuse and violence arise.

Austin Gray & Artist Terry Redlin Team Up To Introduce New Lifestyle Furniture Line In High Point  - 9/26/2005

Key early placements who will be receiving deliveries in September include RC Willey in Utah and Nevada, Furniture Outlets USA in South Dakota, and Rose Furniture in North Carolina, among others.

Biltmore Estate For Your Home Announces New Home Furnishings Licensees  - 9/26/2005

The three new partners are: Austin Productions of Ronkonkomma, NY; Capel Rugs of Troy, NC; and Natural Creations of Bloomer, WI.

The Design Center at World Market CenterSM Launches First Fridays with “The Designing Doctor”, Margi Kyle, on October 7, 2005  - 9/23/2005

Kyle to present seminar entitled “Today’s Presentations for Tomorrow’s Clients” for interior design professionals and members of the trade.

Fuel Costs A Key Concern For Transpacific Ocean Carriers: Furniture Costs  - 9/23/2005

Container lines say they will be reviewing contracts, talking to customers in pursuit of improved cost recovery.

New J.D. Chamberlain To Introduce New Product Categories In High Point  - 9/23/2005

New Products lean toward clean, flowing lines and features new product categories such as lighting, accessories and wall décor.

La-Z-Boy to Close Canadian Upholstery Facility  - 9/22/2005

La-Z-Boy will cease operations effective December 16, 2005 and shift the plant's production to facilities in Neosho, Missouri and Dayton, Tennessee.

World Market Center Establishes Las Vegas Market Relief Fund To Aid Victims Of Hurricane  - 9/22/2005

To touch the greatest number of lives, World Market Center will match up to $250,000 of contributions made to the Las Vegas Market Relief Fund, enabling donors to expand their contributions and impact.

Leda Furniture Focusing on Bedroom Introductions for Winter Markets  - 9/22/2005

To emphasize their dedication to bedroom Leda will showcase two new bedrooms at the October High Point Market, followed by an additional introduction in Toronto's January show.

IHFMA Announces Interactive “Market Planner” Mapping Feature to Enhance, Personalize High Point Market Experience  - 9/22/2005

New for the Fall Market, the “Market Planner” mapping feature, located at www.highpointmarket.org, allows each attendee to personalize their visit.

“Jasper Cabinet Is A Finalist In The Occasional Storage Category Of The 10th Annual Asfd Pinnacle Awards”  - 9/21/2005

Jasper Cabinet’s Chantal Cellarette is one of 59 finalists in 15 design categories for the 2005 Tenth Annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards from the American Society of Furniture Designers.

Karel Furniture & Accessory Market Returns To Atlantic City  - 9/21/2005

From Sunday, May 7 through Tuesday, May 9, 2006, retail buyers of furniture, lighting, bedding and accessories are expected to converge upon the Atlantic City Convention Center for KEM’s highly successful Furniture and Accessory Market.

IKEA Doubles Presence, Reach & Celebration In Chicago With Opening of IKEA Bolingbrook  - 9/21/2005

The 310,000 square-foot IKEA Bolingbrook features 10,000 exclusively-designed home furnishings and accessories under one roof and employs approximately 400 co-workers.

Meyda Tiffany Taps Creative Talents of David Landis Design to Develop New Lines for 2006  - 9/21/2005

Plans to help manufacturer of Tiffany lamps to "go outside the box" to put a new spin on Tiffanys and stained glass.

Futon Association International To Sublet Space At Las Vegas Furniture Market  - 9/20/2005

The FAI has leased 20,000 square feet at World Market Center and will sublease this space to its members.

Report On The 14th International Famous Furniture Fair Dongguan, China  - 9/20/2005

The 14th International Famous Furniture Fair (Dongguan) was successfully held in Houjie, Dongguan from 17th to 21st of August, 2005.

International Design Center Names New Vice President  - 9/20/2005

The International Design Center will house high-end designer and manufacturer showrooms for home furnishings.

David Francis Furniture To Showcase New 2005 Signature Pieces At High Point Fall Market  - 9/20/2005

The furniture will be on display at David Francis' showroom at 200 North Hamilton Street, Suite 331, North Court, in the Hamilton Wren District.

Simmon’s Eitel Elected To ISPA Board  - 9/20/2005

As head of Simmons Company, the second largest branded bedding company in the world, Eitel brings substantial industry expertise and talent to the association.

Charleston Forge’s Market Showroom Will Feature Award-Winning Student-Designed Chairs  - 9/19/2005

The chairs on display at the CF showroom will include the contest’s first-place winning chair entitled “Staying Alive” by Ben Johnson.

Innovative New "Designer" Home Office ChairMat Design Introduced  - 9/19/2005

To be sold through designers and furniture stores, these protective beveled edge mats are available in several striking finishes: cherry, oak, walnut and sierra grey. Custom colors and sizes are also available.

Reborn Jasper Cabinet To Show In High Point This October  - 9/19/2005

Historic ompany secures Green Street IHFC space to show growing line, including newly styled computer secretaries.

Hawaiian Lomi Group To Introduce Home Theater Massage Chairs In High Point  - 9/19/2005

Comfort, style, convenience and a great therapeutic massage become part of the home theatre experience with HLG’s new line of massage chairs and accessories.

La-Z-Boy Recognizes Top-Performing Furniture Galleries and Stores  - 9/19/2005

Top-performing La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores were recognized at the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Conference recently held in Las Vegas.

Tom Kozubowski: Director of Retail Advertising and Senior Manager of Special Projects at USA BABY  - 9/19/2005

USA BABY, a leading specialty retailer of infant and children's furniture and accessories, has implemented a new position to Director of Retail Advertising and Senior Manager of Special Projects.

Habersham To Lauch New Collection Of Semi-Custom Furniture Designs In High Point  - 9/19/2005

Habersham will be working with Benjamin Moore to give designers and their respective clients the opportunity to choose from more than 3200 finish options created from Benjamin Moore's extensive color palette.

SHOWPLACE and Four Other Showroom Properties to be Purchased by High Point Partnership  - 9/19/2005

Investment attests to strength of High Point Home Furnishings Market

ASFD 2005 Pinnacle Awards Finalists & Nominees For New "President's Award" Announced  - 9/16/2005

A field of 59 finalists in 15 design categories have been chosen for the 2005 Tenth Annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards from the American Society of Furniture Designers.

USA Baby Store Opening IN Virginia Beach  - 9/16/2005

USA BABY, a leading specialty retailer of infant and children's furniture and accessories, will be opening a new store in Virginia Beach, VA on 9/21/05

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Teams With N.E. Patriot Vince Wilfork to Promote Mentoring  - 9/16/2005

The company is sponsoring a major public service campaign called “Be a Champion for a Child,” which highlights the need for high-quality youth mentoring throughout Massachusetts.

Stronger Northwest Economy Translates To Brisk Buying At the August 2005 Seattle Gift Show  - 9/16/2005

Nearly 12,000 attendees shopped 1,326 booths and 95 permanent showrooms of the Seattle Gift Center to ramp up their inventory for the upcoming holiday season.

W. P. Carey Acquires Bob's Discount Furniture Distribution Facility in $22 Million Sale-Leaseback  - 9/15/2005

Sale-leaseback utilized to convert Bob's fixed assets into working capital.

Rug Manufacturer & Importer Capel Appoints Eric Birnbach, President & CEO  - 9/15/2005

This is the first time since the company's inception in 1917 that a non-family member will lead the operation.

O'Sullivan Industries, Inc. Extends Forbearance Agreement, Continues Financial Restructuring Negotiations  - 9/15/2005

O'Sullivan has entered into an amendment to extend the forbearance agreement with the controlling holders of its 10.63% Senior Secured Notes due 2008.

Jay Stolfi Elected to Board of National Sleep Safety Organization  - 9/15/2005

Helps to establish new standards regarding the manufacturing of sleep products to better withstand exposure to direct flames.

Best In New Japanese Furniture Design To Be Unveiled At 100% Design Tokyo  - 9/15/2005

The show, which takes place on 2-6 November 2005, is being held in association with Japan’s Design Association and forms part of Tokyo Designer’s Week.

Meyda Tiffany Leads Utica, NY Group To Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts  - 9/15/2005

Meyda Tiffany is joining with Feed The Children to help the children and families whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina.

Douglas Furniture Selects Grabiner/ Hall For Public Relations  - 9/15/2005

Firm to offer integrated marketing services aas well as complete and launch a new Douglas company website.

Habersham To Launch "Habersham Home" Concept During The Fall 2005 High Point Market  - 9/15/2005

A portion of their Market Square showroom will show how Habersham's grand European casual lifestyle flows through the entire home.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Montgomeryville  - 9/15/2005

The new 16,500-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Leda Rewards Employees for Dedication and Service  - 9/15/2005

This year a total of 6 employees received service awards: 2 received 5-year recognition awards, 1 employee received a 10-year recognition award and 1 employee received a 20-year recognition award.

Wish Designs To Introduce Outdoor Microfiber Rugs In High Point  - 9/15/2005

A designer can specify color combinations from a 200 plus color pallet. Available in round, free form or custom dimensions, these functional rugs are works of art and fill a need.

Pamela Worley 2006 Collection Receives Prestigious Design Award  - 9/15/2005

High end occasional and accessory pieces to be shown in line to be shown at Showplace in High Point next month.

Charleston Forge Hires New Reps  - 9/12/2005

Charleston Forge has hired three new sales representatives to support local dealers with selling their furniture products.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Launches Campaign to Help Furniture Manufacturers Fight IP Theft, Stop Fakes  - 9/12/2005

While all U.S. businesses are vulnerable to IP theft, small businesses—including furniture manufacturers— are often at a particular disadvantage.

16 Rhodes Furniture Stores, Warehouses and Distribution Centers to be Sold  - 9/8/2005

Rhodes, Inc. has authorized DJM Asset Management of Melville, New York, to market and dispose of 16 of the company's owned and leased properties.

Natuzzi Announces Second Quarter Operating Results - Net Sales and Profits Down  - 9/8/2005

The Company is focused on differentiating its brands from the competition and looking to reduce manufacturing costs in Italy.

Luxury Consumers Continue to Invest In their Homes  - 9/8/2005

New study on the luxury home finds luxury consumers still highly invested in their luxury homes.

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. and Ashley Furniture HomeStores to Present The American Red Cross $1.1 Million to Help Katrina Victims  - 9/8/2005

The $1.1 million dollar check will be presented by Ashley Furniture executives and representatives of the 200 Ashley Furniture HomeStores to Donald Paxton, Executive Director of The American Red Cross Relief Disaster Fund.

Bassett Furniture Announces National Advertising Campaign  - 9/8/2005

The West End commercials (30 seconds) will run throughout the month of September on cable channels such as Style Network, E!, and HGTV.

Ethan Allen Announces Plan to Convert Existing Manufacturing Facility into Regional Distribution Center  - 9/8/2005

The decision impacts approximately 325 employees, of which the Company expects approximately 75 to remain employed by Ethan Allen in new positions.

Bassett Furniture Announces Store Acquisitions  - 9/8/2005

Announces acquisition of three Bassett Furniture Direct (BFD) stores in upstate New York and controlling interest in four BFD stores in Atlanta, Ga.

Rick Potter Joins Magi Seal Corporation  - 9/7/2005

Magi Seal supplies both national and regional furniture retailers with protection products and warranty service plans for fabric, leather, wood and mattress furnishings.

IKEA Stoughton Will Open on November 9, 2005  - 9/7/2005

November 9th opening for IKEA's first store in Massachusetts, the second in New England and the 26th in the US.

Furniture Fair in Latin America To Take Place in Southern Brazil, March 2006  - 9/6/2005

MOVELSUL Brasil, is a professional event exclusively for manufacturers and buyers that draws more than 400 exhibitors from all over Brazil.

11th China Int’l Furniture [Export] and Woodworking Machinery Exhibition To Be Held In May 2006  - 9/6/2005

The 11th China Int’l Furniture [Export] and Woodworking Machinery Exhibition will be held on May 28-31, 2006 in Dalian, China.

Free Mattresses for Hurricane Victims  - 9/2/2005

Strobel will provide a free premium mattress to hurricane victims who have no insurance and are lower income.

Planned Furniture Promotions Holds Annual Managers Meeting  - 9/2/2005

Meeting addresses industry changes and challenges facing independent home furnishings retailers.

Zimmer-Hester Furniture Liquidations Selected To Handle Select Rhodes Stores  - 9/2/2005

Zimmer-Hester Furniture Liquidations selected to handle closing sales of five Rhodes Furniture stores in St. Louis and to joint venture in nineteen other Rhodes store closings.

Richard Frinier Launches Three New Sunbrella® Fabric Collections  - 9/2/2005

Frinier’s first three collections for Sunbrella also emphasize texture and are specified by the trade and featured by leading furniture manufacturers for both interior and exterior leisure furniture.

Haverty Furniture Reports Sales Increase for August  - 9/2/2005

Also shows gross profit margin improvement.

Bombay Announces 11% Same Store Sales Increase  - 9/2/2005

For the thirty weeks ended August 27, 2005, total revenue increased 3% to $289.7 million from last year's $281.5 million while same store sales were flat.

IKEA, Their Co-Workers & Customers Join Hands To Benefit Hurricane Katrina Victims  - 9/2/2005

Corporate donations as well as from IKEA employees and customers to benefit victims.

Withit To Host One Day Seminar on Cultural Nuances In Greensboro, NC  - 9/1/2005

Attendees to recognize the invisible forces of diverse cultures.

Ekornes Reports 11% Increase In Revenues  - 9/1/2005

Ekornes, Inc. revenues for the first half of 2005 are up 11% over same period 2004.

Tempur-Pedic International's Virginia Plant Earns ISO 9001:2000 Certification  - 8/31/2005

management systems for both manufacturing and development received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its outstanding quality control practices.

GE Consumer Finance & IKEA To Offer Store-Branded Credit Card  - 8/30/2005

The IKEA Card will be issued by GE Consumer Finance and will be available to IKEA shoppers in the coming months.

First Complete Furniture and Accessories Collection Offered by the NBA  - 8/30/2005

The collection features a wide variety of products including rugs, leather couches and ottomans, vending machines, bar stools, accent tables and LCD televisions enabling NBA fans everywhere to remake an entire room or to pick and chose occasional items that suit their decorating tastes.

ISPA Announces Calendar Of 2005-2006 Events  - 8/30/2005

The International Sleep Products Association, www.sleepproducts.org is sponsoring the following educational seminars, shows and events.

Orange County Furniture Chain Buys Palm Desert Retailer Legacy Home Furnishings/ Rooms Express  - 8/30/2005

In addition, Linder’s recently hired well-known Southern California radio personality and consumer electronics expert, Tom Campbell, as its company spokesperson and corporate director.

ISPA Dedicates Headquarters Boardroom to Roy Unger  - 8/30/2005

Unger helped found the Better Sleep Council and served as its first Chair.

Panasonic Introduces Real Pro Elite Message Lounger  - 8/30/2005

The new lounger lets the consumer choose the type, strength, and focus of the massage and the parts of the body treated.

Rooms To Go Affiliate Retains Feinblum Real Estate To Market Properties Acquired In Rhodes Furniture Bankruptcy  - 8/29/2005

Rooms To Go affiliate Rhodes Acquisition has chosen Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate to market approximately 40 Rhodes Furniture leases.

MIFF Awarded The Best Mice Exhibition Of The Year 2004  - 8/29/2005

Award recognizes MIFF's efforts in organising the 10th Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) from 2 - 6 March 2004.

Furniture News Briefs August 30, 2005  - 8/29/2005

High Point, Tupelo & Las Vegas... Plus proposal for new furniture technology center in Hickory, NC.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - August 2005 - Reports Unusual Times For Furniture Industry  - 8/29/2005

Year-to-date shipments and orders up 5 percent and 3 percent respectively, yet only about 40 percent of the participants reported increases.

MicroD Introduces "Full Circle" solution that Integrates Furniture Manufacturer and Retailer Operations  - 8/25/2005

The Full Circle solution brings together every aspect of the manufacturer/retailer sales process through a family of proven software products and services, including PreVue, Exim Commerce for EDI, EasyPlan, EasyOrder, EasySwatch and MPCat master product catalog software.

Four Rug Companies Join Rugmark To Combat Child Labor  - 8/25/2005

Four rug companies recently committed to increased social standards and production transparency through membership in the nonprofit RUGMARK.

cmi Reorganizes Sales Department  - 8/25/2005

Colonial Millls, the braided-texture area rugs and accessories manufacturer has reorganized its sales department by creating an internal, direct sales force.

FurnitureFind.com Becomes the Furniture Partner for Quixtar; Introduces New Designer's Corner  - 8/24/2005

FurnitureFind.com has is offering the services interior designers to those who are looking to re-envision their home environment.

FurnitureFind.com Names New General Manager  - 8/24/2005

Peter Michaelson has been hired as a consultant to advise on marketing issues and act as General Manager of FurnitureFind.com's online business.

Furniture Brands International Names Webster President of Thomasville ; Tom Tilley to Become President of Henredon  - 8/24/2005

Company also promotes Steve Gane to Executive VP and CEO of Thomasville, and Charles C. Bell to President of HBF.

Orlando KEM Furniture Market In August Will Have 1500 Exhibit Spaces  - 8/24/2005

The Orlando Furniture & Accessory Market takes place from Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

Trax Sales Introduces Store Traffic Counter With Gain Control To Increase Accuracy  - 8/24/2005

The new TRAX Traffic Counter eliminates one of the most common complaints associated with standard devices. Version 12.9 also provides stronger optics with a larger spectrum that makes alignment and set up faster and easier.

Sleep Products Exhibit At Las Vegas Market To Move  - 8/23/2005

The World Market Center is reorganizing the layout of Pavilion #1 (where the SSA area is located).

La-Z-Boy Reports Better First-Quarter Operating Results  - 8/23/2005

Weaker than expected retail sales and higher costs have negative impact.

Meyda Tiffany Introduces Texas Hold 'Em Stained Glass Lighting Collection  - 8/23/2005

The "Texas Hold 'Em" Collection offers stained glass lighting created with designs that feature playing cards and suits on the shades.

Shifting Priorities Means Shifting Shoppers  - 8/23/2005

The PULSE survey of 1,079 adult consumers reports that people over 55 are reducing the time they spend shopping.

187,000 Sq. Ft. Of Showroom Space Added To High Point Downtown (show) Area This Year  - 8/22/2005

According to IHFMA President, Judy Mendenhall, the expansions bring the total amount of space in High Point close to 12 million square feet and typify the ongoing growth the Market experiences each year.

Tropitone Introduces New Collections  - 8/22/2005

Lakeside seating collection and Java table top collections introduced.

Mario Industries Purchases Reliance Lamps New Beginning For 28 Year Old Company  - 8/22/2005

A formal re-launching of the company is planned for the Fall High Point Market and both companies will show at the current Mario Space.

Flexsteel Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2005 Operating Results - Lower Sales & Net Income  - 8/19/2005

Residential net sales have been weaker than anticipated. Forecasts softness will continue through the first half of fiscal year 2006.

Bob's Discount Furniture and Gene Rosenberg Associates Raise More than $300,000 for Local Charities  - 8/19/2005

Major charities receiving support from the outing include: The American Cancer Society’s Camp Rising Sun, The Nutmeg Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Family and Children’s Aid, and The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Briefs: Broyhill Quits Pre Market, Rhodes Liquidation, High Point Textile Attendance Down  - 8/18/2005

News from the web about Rhodes, Brohill's decison regarding premarket in High Point and the effect the Vegas show had on Showtime.

Bombay Announces Second Quarter Loss - Revenue Gain  - 8/18/2005

Transition to Bombay's new in-store merchandise presentation and upgrade in the assortment for this fall, are more costly than planned.

Furniture Brands International Names Blain Wrench as Vice President, Retail Development  - 8/18/2005

In this newly-created position with Furniture Brands, Mr. Wrench will oversee all aspects of the location and construction of the company's system of single-brand stores.

Select Comfort Delivers 400 Beds To Ronald McDonald House Charities®  - 8/18/2005

Select Comfort employees traveled to the Ronald McDonald House® in each of 20 different cities to deliver and set up the beds.

Laneventure Partners With Bob Timberlake To Introduce Premium Indoor-Outdoor Furniture  - 8/17/2005

The Bob Timberlake Collection will capture the classic front porch feeling, using natural materials for Adirondack-inspired designs.

Upholstery Fabric Manufacturer Culp Announces Reduction of U.S. Yarn Manufacturing Operations  - 8/17/2005

Culp, Inc. is one of the world's largest marketers of mattress fabrics for bedding and upholstery fabrics for furniture.

FURNEXPO.com Hires Advertising Marketing Executives  - 8/17/2005

FURNEXPO.com research database for professional buyers and designers hires advertising/ marketing executives.

IKEA To Open New Store In Round Rock -- Third Texas Store  - 8/16/2005

Central Texas store – state’s 3rd IKEA store – to open Spring 2007 deep in the heart of Texas

Bernanfalk & HOM Win Big in Vegas  - 8/16/2005

Next for BERMANFALK and HOM by BERMANFALK is the ICHF at High Point in October and the TCHFM in Toronto in January.

EBay Top 10 Hot Furniture Categories & Buyer Searches For August 05  - 8/16/2005

Ebay has released its top ten hot furniture categories and most frequently used buyer searches for the month of August 2005.

WHFA Retailer Resource Center Gets Excellent Las Vegas Traffic  - 8/15/2005

WHFA’s RRC was visited again and again by new and returning faces who sought its variety of compliments: a jammed-packed seminar room; extensive trade show; free coffee bar and fresh-baked cookies; and the RRC Internet Café.

"Fast Forward" WHFA's Future Industry Leaders Group Meets In Vegas  - 8/15/2005

Fast Forward is a community of passionate, young, up-and-coming home furnishings executives working together to gain the tools, knowledge and networking abilities in a fun environment to become tomorrow’s industry leaders.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Webster, Texas  - 8/15/2005

The new 13,500-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture.

Hafele America Co. Sponsors ASFD's 2006 David Kline Memorial Scholarship Contest  - 8/15/2005

ASFD is inviting college students to enter a design project wherein the piece of furniture in some manner utilizes Hafele's UV Glass Bonding Hardware.

James L. Sherbert Named Chief Executive Officer of Bush Industries, Inc.  - 8/15/2005

Bush Industries is a leading manufacturer of ready-to-assemble (“RTA”) and case good furniture for the office and home furnishings markets.

WHFA To Host Industry "Mixer" In Sacramento On October 5th  - 8/15/2005

The mixer will precede WHFA’s highly popular Academy series, an ongoing program that assists retailers by helping them build and sustain high-achieving, high-performance sales teams while effectively managing back-end operations.

New River Casual Furniture Appoints New Sales Team  - 8/15/2005

New River Casual Furniture, through its parent company, Dabol, designs and manufactures a comprehensive line of high-quality casual furniture made from Brazilian Cherry.

Bush Names Design and Sales Executives  - 8/12/2005

Bush Industries, Inc. has appointed Eric Cook to the position of Vice President of Design, and Marty Durkin as Director of Sales, Central Region, for the Home Products Group.

Great American Group Launches Going-Out-Of-Business Sale for Rhodes, Inc  - 8/12/2005

A total of 14 stores (John M. Smyth's Homemakers, 6 stores; Rhodes Furniture, 8 stores) will be closed in Louisville, Kentucky; St. Louis, Missouri; and surrounding Chicago, Illinois locations.

Home Furnishings Veteran Jim Gabbert and Lighting Veteran James Fleming Unveil Expansive Lighting Industry Distribution & Growth Strategy  - 8/12/2005

DRM enables Lighting vendor/suppliers to market and sell their products directly to end users without circumventing or alienating retail intermediaries.

HDM Furniture Industries Announces Manufacturing Realignment at Henredon and Drexel Heritage  - 8/12/2005

As a result of the consolidation, over 185 employees in the Henredon plant will be transferred to the Drexel Heritage Plant #37.

Stanley Furniture Plants Achieve 2 Million Hours Without Lost-Time Due To An Accident  - 8/12/2005

An impressive accomplishment considering that it involves 1,150 associates who work in a 56-acre complex.

Leon's Furniture Ltd. Sales For Quarter Up 5.2% to $122 Million  - 8/11/2005

For the six months ended June 30, 2005 sales increased 6.9%

“AWFS®Vegas” On-site Attendance up 22%  - 8/11/2005

“AWFS®Vegas” had the largest exhibit space of any show in its history with 418,435 net square feet.

15th Edition of Movelsul Brasil 2006 Furniture Show In March  - 8/11/2005

Last year 434 companies from 14 states in Brazil presented their products. 33,120 professionals visited the fair.

Stylution USA Offers Retailers New Trade Flow Finance Service Provided by GE Commercial Finance  - 8/11/2005

Program gives buyers a 60-day, interest free financing period as finished goods are shipped by sea, cleared through customs, transported by land to retailers and stocked in inventory.

Bob's Discount Furniture and Gene Rosenberg Associates Sponsor Eighteenth Annual Charitable Golf Outing  - 8/10/2005

The golf outing will be held today in Farmington, CT at the Tunxis Country Club, followed by a dinner and raffle at the Farmington Club.

La-Z-Boy Names New Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications  - 8/10/2005

Kathy Liebmann has been appointed Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for La-Z-Boy.

Simmons Second Quarter Sales Up 3.1%, Steve Fendrich Executive Vice President Sales  - 8/10/2005

Wholesale bedding segment net sales increased 2.6% to $192.7 million while retail bedding segment net sales decreased 2.3% to $18.8 million.

New Book "The New Southwest Home" by Debra May Himes, ASID, IIDA  - 8/10/2005

focuses on the Southwest’s mix of evolving architectural styles.

International Home Furnishings Market Authority Announces Staff Changes  - 8/10/2005

Tammy R. Covington has been promoted to Vice President of Operations and Donna Gross has been hired as Administrative Assistant for the Home Furnishings Market Athority (High Point).

Storis' ICALL Software Sends Automated Delivery Messages To Customers  - 8/9/2005

By converting STORIS’ delivery schedules into human voice messages, iCALL informs customers when to expect their merchandise via an automated inbound and outbound call process.

IKEA Stoughton Holds Unique Hiring Event at F1 Boston on August 13  - 8/9/2005

More than 500 coworker positions are available in: home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment.

August 23-26 IWF Fair Boasts Nearly 1,000 Exhibitors  - 8/9/2005

The International Woodworking Fair (Atlanta) IWF 2006 exhibitors have contracted over 750,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

Unconfirmed News About Rhodes Bankruptcy  - 8/9/2005

Some employees have heard that RTG is the high bidder with plans to keep only 7 stores open.

Sears brings National Geographic award-winning Home Collection o all Sears Home stores across Canada  - 8/8/2005

The new, 2005 National Geographic Home Collection comprises two distinct looks and cultures — the South America and the Marrakech collections.

Haverty Furniture Reports July Sales Decrease  - 8/8/2005

Havertys' July sales decreased 5.5% to $66.6 million, compared with $70.4 million in July 2004. On a comparable-store basis, July sales decreased 8.8%.

Unfinished Furniture Association Celebrates 15 Years of Growth  - 8/8/2005

The association has experienced rapid growth, due to the success of its annual trade show, award-winning trade publication, and expanding list of membership benefits.

SF Mart Hires Two Leasing Directors  - 8/5/2005

Two high-profile leasing directors will spearhead an aggressive expansion and diversification of the Mart’s furniture, decorative accessory and gift exhibitors.

Inaugural July 2005 Las Vegas MarketSM Declared Success Among Industry  - 8/5/2005

Domestic attendance at the inaugural show covered all 50 states, with the following ten states delivering the heaviest traffic: California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Illinois, New York, Washington and Utah.

Lansing Furniture To Add La-Z-Boy Gallery  - 8/5/2005

The new 5,200-square-foot gallery will feature a broad selection of La-Z-Boy® products for the family room and living room.

Classic Chesterfield™ USA to Launch Additional Lines For High Point  - 8/5/2005

Styles to be introduced include more office seating and never before seen styles in the US Market.

Elite Products Changes Name To American Furniture Alliance  - 8/5/2005

Plans to grow Elite Convertibles, Bean Bag Factory and ModFX Foam Furnishings product lines and introduce new brands in next two years.

Capel Incorporated Hosts Successful Las Vegas Market  - 8/5/2005

Capel welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to its new 4,000 square-foot showroom at the World Market Center.

Braided Rug Manufacturer cmi Receives Supplier Recognition Award From The Andersons, Inc. Retail Group  - 8/5/2005

The Andersons, Inc. Retail Group includes retail department stores in six locations throughout Ohio.

Ethan Allen Announces New Corporate Structure and Executive Promotions  - 8/4/2005

Establishes several wholly owned subsidiary companies to better reflect the various operations of the vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings.

106 Year Old Denver Store Davis & Shaw Conducts Successful GOB Sale  - 8/4/2005

First day of GOB sale raises almost $500,000 in sales and traffic counts in the thousands.

Classic Sleep Products Reports Excellent Las Vegas Traffic  - 8/4/2005

Plans to move to permanent showroom space in building #2.

It Takes More than Superior Quality and High Price to Create a New Luxury Brand  - 8/4/2005

Luxury customers want their consumerism to provide a greater meaning and they are looking to ‘do good’ when they shop.

UK's Birmingham Fair (September 4-7) To Showcase Many Home Items Including Furniture  - 8/4/2005

Visitors should plan to head to Hall 2 for the largest ever collection of chic and contemporary occasional furniture, soft furnishings, lighting, home accessories and bed and bath products.

CDS Solutions Group Sponsors Alex's Lemonade Stand  - 8/4/2005

Raised over $8,500 for pediatric cancer research.

A Vietnam Pavilion At The San Francisco International Gift Show  - 8/3/2005

A Vietnamese business delegation of 15 members –representing manufacturers from Hanoi, Danang and HCM City - is also scheduled to visit San Francisco and New York to participate in various networking activities with American companies.

Jadora International Furniture & Home Accessories Opens First US Showroom  - 8/3/2005

The stylish 1700 square-foot showroom on Union Street in San Francisco will be home to Jadora’s collection of beautiful and functional Vietnamese-made furniture and home accessories.

Furniture Design Award Competition Requesting Entries  - 8/3/2005

Now open for applications and design submissions, the theme for 2006 entitled “FLY” encourages participants in the Students & Young Designers category to cross creative and cultural boundaries.

Pinnacle Entries Grow as ASFD President’s Award Added  - 8/3/2005

Entry forms available from the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) website.

Liora Manné Introduces Dimension Rug Collection  - 8/2/2005

the Dimensions collection is simpler and yet more versatile than some of the colorful and high-impact textile designs featured in her original Lamontage rugs.

Haverty Reports Second Quarter Earnings Drop  - 8/2/2005

disappointing results were due to weak sales during May and June and exacerbated by the increased fixed costs associated with Haverty's distribution system.

Piero Cordero Resigns as Natuzzi Group's CFO  - 8/1/2005

His position is being held ad interim by Nicola V.M. Dell'Edera, Natuzzi Group's Finance Director.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store Opens In Glenview  - 8/1/2005

The new 17,500-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Bernie & Phyl's Praised For Large Furniture Donation  - 8/1/2005

$1,000,000 worth of furniture donated by Bernie & Phyl's to Teen Challenge New England.

Ethan Allen Reports Results for the Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2005  - 8/1/2005

Net delivered sales for the Company's Retail division increased 1.7% to $586.2 million, while Wholesale sales decreased 1.6% to $663.2 million.

Hooker Furniture to Close Pleasant Garden, N.C. Plant  - 8/1/2005

The Company expects little impact on delivery schedules to dealers as a result of the plant closing.

SCFMA Names 2005 Apollo Awards Finalists  - 8/1/2005

Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service in retail sales of summer and casual home furnishings.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - July 2005 - Factory Orders Up, Payrolls Down  - 7/29/2005

Projection for the rest of the year indicates somewhat slower growth, but that compares to better results in the last half of 2004 than the first half.

Designer Jonathan Adler Partners with Rowe to Introduce New Furniture and Bedding Collections  - 7/29/2005

The collection will be available at select retailers nationwide in summer 2005.

Furniture Brands International Releases Second Quarter Results. Cites Weakness At Broyhill For Drop In Net Earnings  - 7/28/2005

Company is dealing with a number of transitional issues that will, in the near term, be a drag on earnings.

So, What Do You Think Of The Vegas Show?  - 7/28/2005

Furninfo.com readers are invited to post their thoughts on the Las Vegas Market and its impact on High Point and the regional shows.

Unfinished Furniture Association Reintroduces Website  - 7/28/2005

UFA’s website just went through an extensive redesign to stay in line with current industry and consumer demand.

Tropitone Introduces Outdoor Line Based On Classical Greek Architecture  - 7/28/2005

Expected to appeal to both the residential and hospitality markets.

Thomasville Makes Donation To Help Save Ernest Hemmingway's House In Cuba  - 7/28/2005

A gift of $20,000 from Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc.,to support the work of the National Trust and the Hemingway Preservation Foundation to save Finca Vigía.

Imported Wood Guide Launched at AWFS Fair  - 7/26/2005

mported Wood includes a reference section for contacting IWPA members for hardwood and softwood lumber and lumber products.

The Wrangler® Brand Showcases the Wrangler Home™ Line in Midwest  - 7/23/2005

Wrangler Home™ furniture from the showcase house will be auctioned July 24, 2005 at the Comfort Shoppe furniture gallery in Madison, Wis. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to First Book.

World Market Center Owners to Host News Conference & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Monday, July 25  - 7/23/2005

The press conference will be followed by a spectacular ribbon cutting ceremony, in which TV Personality Lisa Rinna will serve as “mistress of ceremonies.”

Top 10 Ebay Furniture Search Categores For July  - 7/22/2005

Ebay has released its top ten hot furniture categories and most frequently used buyer searches for the month of July 2005.

IKEA's West Sacramento Store on Track to Open Spring 2006  - 7/22/2005

IKEA West Sacramento Progresses with All Walls Now Vertical; Swedish Retailer's West Sacramento Store on Track to Open Spring 2006.

Breuners Arizona Named Exclusive Furniture Partner For ABC 15 Sonoran Living Show  - 7/22/2005

The new set provides a fabulous backdrop for hosts Tracy Kornet and Kaley O’Kelly and their weekday guests.

Randall C. Spak Resigns As President, CEO Of Lane Furniture Industries  - 7/21/2005

John T. (Tom) Foy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Furniture Brands will oversee the day-to-day operations at Lane on an interim basis.

Stanley Furniture Announces Record Sales and Earnings for the Second Quarter  - 7/21/2005

Net sales of $83.6 million increased 15.8% and earnings per share grew 10.0% to $.44 from an exceptionally strong second quarter of last year.

Bombay Announces Appointment of Senior Vice President of Marketing  - 7/21/2005

Mr. Lewis brings over twenty years of marketing and brand experience having most recently served as Vice President of Marketing for Circuit City.

Meyda Lighting Unveils ADA Fused Art Glass Wall Sconces In Metro Fusion Group  - 7/21/2005

Meyda Lighting has introduced stunning new ADA Wall Sconce Creations featuring Fused Art Glass shades.

Excelsior Designs Announces New Representatives  - 7/21/2005

Company has evolved from one whose distribution was primarily contemporary specialists to also having strong product representation in major independent furniture retailers.

studiorowe® Arrives at Sandcastle Designs  - 7/21/2005

Sandcastle Designs has dedicated 5,000 square feet within their 20,000 sq.ft. Destin store location and 3,500 square feet within their 10,000 sq. ft. Panama City Beach store location to showcase Rowe Furniture.

Sandler Seating LaunchesThree New Groups  - 7/21/2005

Belgravia 2 collection of designer restaurant furniture, TONON collection, of Italian designer chairs and IBIS outdoor chairs and barstools.

Leggett Reports Record Second Quarter 05 Sales & Earnings  - 7/21/2005

Total sales for residential furniture division increased $18 million, or 3%, with acquisitions (net of divestitures) contributing $3 million of the increase.

Powell Company To Feature "The Michael Payne Collection" At Las Vegas Show  - 7/20/2005

Known nationwide for his role as host and interior designer of the HGTV’s “Designing for the Sexes”, Payne is also an author, a teacher of Interior Design, and the head of his own design studio

Furniture Show Debuts at Sands Expo Center In Las Vegas  - 7/20/2005

New trends, designs highlight of first-ever furniture exhibition

Las Vegas Furniture Show Partners with Shade Tree Shelter  - 7/20/2005

The Shade Tree Shelter, an organization dedicated to providing safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis.

New Rugs From Shaw Living Add Color To The mary-kateandashley Home Collection  - 7/20/2005

Shaw Living is introducing six new designs in the newly launched rug line.

SF Mart Offers Market Seminar “Competing with Big Box Retailers”  - 7/20/2005

Kent Burnes discusses a topic that is concern for most independent retailers: Competing with the Big Box Retailers.

The Quilts Of Gee’s Bend Inspire A Dramatic New Rug Collection  - 7/18/2005

The unusual collection features seven stunning rug designs that blend traditional African American-inspired patterns.

HLG To Unveil New Concept In Massage Chairs At Las Vegas Furniture Market – Style & Comfort First  - 7/18/2005

First ever massage chairs designed with the contemporary style and comfort of traditional elegant furniture.

HFIA and Bassett Direct Executives Visit Dallas Furniture Bank  - 7/18/2005

Meeting with Tina Morris, Executive Director of the facility, allowed Hollenshead, Frye and Hodges to see firsthand how such operations impact the lives of those in need of a helping hand.

Big's Bedrooms Introduces Mary-Kate and Ashley Collection - Furniture Line Appeals to “Tween” Girls  - 7/18/2005

Big’s Bedrooms is the only retail outlet in Westchester and Bergen counties that carries the collection.

The Latest in Furniture Design & Trends to Emerge atFirst-Ever Las Vegas Furniture Show at Sands Expo  - 7/18/2005

he Las Vegas Furniture Show will feature more than 100 of the top furniture manufacturers as well as enticing and cutting-edge new lines.

Transpacific Carriers Adopt Floating Inland Fuel Surcharge  - 7/18/2005

A simplified, comprehensive inland fuel surcharge recovers a portion of costs from the customer base.

News From Furninfo.com Message Board About Rhodes Bankruptcy  - 7/17/2005

Postings 6/7/05 to 6/18/05 from furninfo.com readers track this news story.

Liberty Hardware Manufacturing Corporation Wins Three Prestigious 2005 ADEX Awards  - 7/17/2005

ADEX is the largest and most prestigious awards program for product design of furnishings and building materials marketed to the design trade.

International Home Furnishings Market Authority Enhances Airport Shuttle Services  - 7/15/2005

The existing free shuttle from Piedmont Triad International Airport has been streamlined to provide express service, with no stops between PTIA and the Market Transportation Terminal in downtown High Point.

IKEA Announces Frank Briel As Manager of New Store In Stoughton, MA  - 7/14/2005

Under construction in Stoughton, MA along Route 24, the 346,000 square-foot IKEA store will create 500 construction jobs and welcome more than 500 coworkers into the IKEA family when the new store opens.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Third Quarter Results  - 7/14/2005

For the third quarter, net income was $1,373,000 or $0.19 per basic share compared to net income of $1,283,000 or $0.18 per basic share for the same period last year.

Global Icons Licenses New Client Postobello to Drexel Heritage  - 7/14/2005

Global Icons has brokered an exclusive furniture, furniture accessories, lamps and rugs license with Drexel Heritage Furniture Industries on behalf of Postobello.

studiorowe® Arrives at Babette’s Furniture & Home Shoppe  - 7/14/2005

abette’s Furniture & Home Shoppe has dedicated 3,000 square feet within their 50,000 sq.ft. store to showcase Rowe Furniture.

Healthy Back Adds Exclusive Dormia® Mattress Line-up  - 7/14/2005

The co-branded Healthy Back/Dormia line is a luxury line of memory foam mattresses.

GRID2 Designs Las Vegas Showroom for King Koil  - 7/13/2005

Four product lines are featured in alluring, semi-private rooms along a circular footpath.

Jana Platina – Phipps Hosted WithIt Scholarship Breakfast at ShowTime  - 7/13/2005

Forward thinking designer shared her vision while hosting the WithIt breakfast event in her showroom in New York City.

The Alan White Company Signs Lease Agreement with World Market Center SM for Building B Showroom  - 7/12/2005

Alan White will have a strong presence in the inaugural event with 2,400 square feet of exhibit space.

MGM Transport Introduces Improved E-Tracking Solution  - 7/12/2005

Automated daily email updates make it easier for companies to stay on top of priority shipments and deliver more timely information to their customers.

"Show Us Your Drawers" Traveling Furniture Show Is Accepting Entries  - 7/12/2005

The show will premiere in June 2006 at The Furniture Society’s Annual Conference. Furniture in all media is eligible.

HLG To Unveil New Massage Chair Concept At Las Vegas Show  - 7/11/2005

The new E-Motion Lounger series massage chairs break new ground in the massage chair industry by being the first to combine elegant furniture design with the functionality of a therapeutic massage chair.

Bermanfaulk Expands Introductions At Las Vegas Furniture Market  - 7/11/2005

The key additions will complete the Sabre and Empress Collections offering beautiful, solid maple pieces for living, dining and sleeping.

IPSA Announces Major Bedding Industry Conference This Fall  - 7/11/2005

Mattress manufacturers, suppliers and other industry professionals will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada, this fall for the 2005 ISPA Industry Conference, hosted by the International Sleep Products Association on Sept. 14-16

Spoga Cologne 2005: First "Spoga Talk" Focuses On Tropical Wood  - 7/11/2005

The event will be kicked off by an expert panel discussion on tropical wood. The discussion will be held in English and German.

Butler New Introductions For Las Vegas Market  - 7/11/2005

Butler will expand Hors D’oeuvres, its accessories collection, with approximately 50 new pieces, including 16 lamps in many styles and colors.

Art Book, Fresh Wood Volume 2 Features AWFS®Fair 2005 Student Design Winners  - 7/11/2005

The art book includes multiple photographs detailing each award winning furniture piece, as well as comments from experts in the woodworking and furniture industries.

The Bombay Company Announces Departure of Brian N. Priddy  - 7/8/2005

Bombay also announced that, Patsy P. Holmes has been promoted to Vice President-Stores, responsible for the operations of the stores in the United States.

Sunbrella® Fabrics Focusing On Lifestyles For July Showtime  - 7/8/2005

New Sunbrella Home Front Collection features coordinated sets of fabrics that have been created with specific lifestyles in mind.

Leda Furniture Commences Annual Summer Shutdown  - 7/7/2005

Later this year Leda will begin ground-breaking for an extension to their existing factory; the first production run of their April introduction Signature and a new venture into office contract furniture.

PALMS Australia (Sydney) To Hold Warehouse Sale  - 7/7/2005

The sale presents a unique opportunity to purchase indigenous pieces created by communities in PNG, East Timor and Aboriginal Australia.

Bill Hall Joins Universal Furniture International  - 7/7/2005

Hall will be responsible for sales to selected retail accounts as well as the development and management of initiatives designed to support sales of Universal’s products.

Douglas Furniture of California Announces Lease Agreement with World Market Center(SM) for Showroom in Phase II  - 7/7/2005

Douglas Furniture’s new 10th floor showroom will be located in Building B; the second phase of World Market Center(SM) scheduled for completion in early 2007.

New Book- Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage & Antiques  - 7/7/2005

Architectural salvage is all about saving and reusing unique bits and pieces of the past and preserving them as beautiful reminders of the talent and artistry of yesteryear.New book available through the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library at www.furniturelibrary.com.

World Market Center(SM) Secures $225 Million In Permanent Financing  - 7/7/2005

Upon completion of Phases One and Two by early 2007, WMC will offer close to 3 million square feet of permanent showroom space, plus an additional 350,000 square feet of flexible space.

Trax Sales Releases Trax™ Visual Proof, The Industry’s First Integrated Traffic Counter And Camera System  - 7/7/2005

the new TRAX Visual Proof system improved accuracy of traffic counts from the typical 40-80% to a consistent 100%.

Kingsdown Raises More Than $1 Million For Children's Miracle Network Hospitals  - 7/6/2005

Kingsdown, manufacturer of ultra-premium bedding, has surpassed its goal of raising $1 million for Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

studiorowe Arrives at Bostic Sugg Furniture  - 7/6/2005

Bostic Sugg Furniture has dedicated 5,000 square feet within their 70,000 sq.ft. store to showcase Rowe Furniture.

Gill Brothers Furniture To Add La-Z-Boy Gallery®  - 7/5/2005

The new 7,000-square-foot gallery will feature a broad selection of La-Z-Boy® products for the family room and living room.

Mealey's Furniture and Mattress Surprises Marine Major With Free Furniture  - 7/5/2005

Mealey's invited families and friends of active duty deserving military personnel to enter a contest to win a free houseful of furniture.

IMM Cologne to Exhibit Highlights from the Renowned Cologne Furniture Show at World Market Center’s SM Inaugural Las Vegas MarketSM  - 7/5/2005

German show to feature selections from its acclaimed Ideal House Cologne and Interior Trend 2005

ITMA And YHFP Provide Summer Internships In Textiles & Home Furnishings.  - 7/4/2005

The joint program, pairs students with industry leaders for an eight-week summer educational experience.

Bermanfalk Acquires HOM Furniture & Design  - 7/4/2005

The Sonoma and the D-Line collections will be sold under the brand name of HOM by BERMANFALK.

International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltd. Established to Organize Furniture & Furntiure Related Exhibitions  - 7/4/2005

One of the new company’s primary objectives is to expand the IFFS from its present size of 55,000 sqm to 100,000 sqm by 2009.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - June 2005 - News Better Than Expected  - 7/1/2005

Year-to-date, new orders are now up 2 percent over last year’s first four months, after being basically flat for the first quarter.

Hooker Reports Positive Sales Increases for Upholstered & Imported Products  - 6/30/2005

During the second quarter, sales of Bradington-Young upholstered leather furniture increased $2.5 million. Sales of Hooker's imported wood and metal furniture increased $1.1 million.

Don Essenberg Joins Magnussen Home As Senior Vice President Of Sales  - 6/30/2005

Essenberg, a top industry executive, most recently was vice president of sales for Broyhill Furniture.

First Annual American Society Of Furniture Designers (ASFD) President’s Award – Call for Entries  - 6/30/2005

The President's Award is intended to honor talented young furniture designers annually in conjunction with the Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards presented during The High Point Market.

Padma's Plantation Featured on HGTV’s “Mission: Organization”  - 6/30/2005

The show brings order to chaos by redesigning living spaces one room at a time, while showing viewers the before and after views.

San Francisco Summer 2005 Market News  - 6/30/2005

The SF Mart continues to be home to hundreds of furniture and accessory showrooms and lines that exemplify West Coast style. For Summer Market, this includes Cisco, Impact International, Lazar, Michels, New Pacific Direct, Omnia, Pacer, Ploi and Zocalo.

Sealy Corporation Files Registration Statement For Initial Public Offering Of Common Stock  - 6/30/2005

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. will act as book runners for the proposed offering.

Woolrich® Home Furnishings Division Holds Third Annual Summit Meeting  - 6/29/2005

Speakers included Bob Stec, CEO of LHB; Michael Devine, senior fashion editor of HFN; and Kathy Wall, president of The Media Matters.

studiorowe Arrives at Interiors by Renee  - 6/29/2005

Dedicated 3,000 square feet within their 6,000 sq.ft. store to showcase Rowe Furniture in a lifestyle store-within-a-store setting.

IKEA Opens the Doors to Its First Store in the Southeast In Atlanta  - 6/29/2005

The new store has kicked off the IKEA Atlanta Ambassadors of "Kul" (Swedish for "Fun") campaign giving five lucky Atlanta-area residents an insider's look, taste and feel of the IKEA Atlanta experience.

Bassett Second Quarter 2005 Earnings Increase - Plans To Open More BFD Stores  - 6/29/2005

Second quarter sales increase and better margins due to increased sales mix of imported products.

New Ethan Allen Store Opens in Sarasota  - 6/29/2005

Sarasota 18,500 square foot store provides over 65% more much display area than the store it replaced.

Furniture China 2005 Show In Shanghai Reports Almost 2 MIllion Square Feet Already Reserved  - 6/28/2005

Furniture China 2005 comprises five concurrent events: Home Furniture, Office Furniture China, Furnishings, Fabrics & Lightings China and Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China, as well as the Chinese edition of the world famous trade fair Trend & Design.

E.C. Dicken, Inc. To Exclusively Represent David Francis Furniture In Select Markets  - 6/28/2005

Each company directly serves design trade professionals and their respective upscale markets.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Stores Open In Agoura Hills  - 6/28/2005

The new 15,500-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center to help customers put it all together.

Bostic-Sugg Furniture To Add La-Z-Boy Gallery®  - 6/28/2005

he new 8,183 square-foot gallery will feature a broad selection of La-Z-Boy® products for the family room and living room.

Jernigan’s Furniture To Add La-Z-Boy Gallery®  - 6/28/2005

The new 5,160-square-foot gallery is part of the 19,000-square-foot showroom at Jernigan’s Furrniture.

Oscar De La Renta Personal Sleep Joins Asid As Industry Partner  - 6/28/2005

Personal Sleep, manufactured by Kingsdown, Inc., is a collection of sleep systems (mattresses and boxsprings) created especially for the interior design community.

AWFS® Student Design Contest 2005 Grows  - 6/28/2005

The 2005 contest attracted 160 entries – a 40% increase over the number received in 2003.

DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems Introduces Natural Fire Resistant High Loft for Mattress Manufacturers  - 6/27/2005

The product consists of a wool-based barrier engineered with other fire resistant fibers and offers a natural feel.

Tropitone Refines Its Cushion Collections  - 6/27/2005

The goal of the company’s focused cushion program is to create cushions that more closely resemble the look and feel of upholstered indoor cushions.

BDO Seidman's Furniture Executive Outlook For 2005 & 2006  - 6/24/2005

For the first quarter of 2005, the results have been somewhat mixed. New orders were basically flat compared to the first quarter of 2004, while shipments were up 4 percent for the quarter.

Classic Sleep Products Gains Momentum with Its Dormia(R) Line of Memory Foam Mattresses  - 6/24/2005

C.S. Wo and Sons, Hawaii's largest mattress retailer has added their complete line of Dormia(R) memory foam mattresses.

Tim Adams Named Chairman of Macy's Home Store Division  - 6/24/2005

Adams, who has served as chairman of the Miami-based Macy's Florida division since April 2001, succeeds Eric Salus as head of the Macy's Home Store division.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Names New Chief Executive Officer  - 6/24/2005

Mr. Anderson-Ray, age 50, is currently a Managing Partner of Spring Garden Corporate Advisors, an investment advisory firm focused on the horticultural industry.

New IKEA Store Opens In Atlanta On June 29  - 6/23/2005

The new Atlanta store offers 10,000 exclusively-designed home furnishings and accessories under one gigantic 366,000 square-foot roof and is the Swedish company’s 23rd store in the U.S.

Backyard Outlet Joins Sofa Express and Other Home Furnishings Retailers At Homeworks Center  - 6/23/2005

HomeWorks at Jeffersonville is a 315,000 square foot home-themed outlet shopping center, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

Cory Home Delivery Adds New Clients... Partners With MGM To Service Thomasville Stores  - 6/23/2005

New clients include Ashley Home Store in Ledgewood, NJ and Middletown, NY; Bacon’s Furniture in Port Charlotte, FL; Broyhill Furniture in Denver, CO; Dormia Mattress stores; Drexel Heritage of Boca Raton, FL and Sterling, VA; and Valley Manor Ethan Allen in Miami, FL.

Bombay Promotes Steve Woodward to Executive Vice President  - 6/22/2005

Prior to rejoining Bombay in August 2004, Mr. Woodward served as President and CEO of Illuminations.

Rhodes, Inc. Files Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization  - 6/22/2005

Rhodes expects to emerge from bankruptcy by early fall.

The Rowe Companies Reports Loss on Increase In Net Shipments For Quarter  - 6/22/2005

Reduced manufacturing productivity and increased accruals for returns and service-related costs cited.

Flexsteel Aligns Management Team; Klosterman, Hall & Fautsch Promoted  - 6/22/2005

Ronald J. Klosterman was named President and Chief Operating Officer. Klosterman was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Flexsteel.

Ethan Allen Opens New Store In Zona Rosa Mall in Kansas City  - 6/22/2005

new 23,000 square foot store provides one-stop shopping convenience with the latest furniture, fabrics and decorative accessories.

Furniture Retailer Pompanoosuc Mills Institutes Private Label Credit Card Program  - 6/22/2005

Pompanoosuc Mills sells hardwood and upholstered furniture built to order in a variety of standard styles and sizes for every room of the home and office.

HFIA’s Frye Appointed to NFBA Board of Directors  - 6/21/2005

The NFBA is expanding the board to include business leaders, furniture industry executives, and senior officers from non-profit organizations.

EBay Top 10 Hot Furniture Categories & Buyer Searches For June 05  - 6/21/2005

Ebay has released its top ten hot furniture categories and most frequently used buyer searches for the month of June 2005.

Promosedia International Design Competition 2005  - 6/21/2005

Prototypes will be on display at the Promosedia 2005 International Chair Exhibition in Udine from September 8-11

DYI™ New Product Avoids Wrong Sized Furniture, Saves Time and Money  - 6/21/2005

This product makes it easy to “place” furniture and determine its appropriate size and best location before buying it.

Home Furnishings Association Kicks Off Furniture Drive With Two Tractor-Trailers of Fine Furniture For Formerly Homeless New Yorkers  - 6/21/2005

Three companies, MGM Transport, Klaussner Furniture, Industries and Natuzzi Soho - donated furniture to kick off the nationwide drive by the Greater NY Home Furnishings Association to help formerly homeless families.

IKEA Bolingbrook, IL Store Looking To Hire 300  - 6/20/2005

recruitment program for its future Bolingbrook store — opening this Fall — that will include a job fair event at the Bolingbrook High School on July 9.

BIFMA Announces the Election of New Directors  - 6/20/2005

Dan Miller, President, Furniture Brands Group of Kimball International, Jasper, IN was re-elected to a second term as BIFMA's President.

Jasper Cabinet Reopens. Robert Cribbs, President  - 6/19/2005

Jasper Cabinet gained popularity over the last 100 years due to their quality craftsmanship, superior design and exquisite hand-painted quality accent furniture.

Furniture Retailer Bernie & Phyl’s Receies Champions Of Mentoring Award  - 6/17/2005

Recognized for their commitment to expanding high-quality youth mentoring throughout Massachusetts.

Three Retailers Go Live on GERS Store Operations & POS Solution  - 6/17/2005

Furniture Warehouse, H.D. Buttercup, and Seasonal Concepts install new point-of-service solution to speed customer transactions and reduce employee training time.

NHFA’s DeHaan Appointed to NFBA Board of Directors  - 6/17/2005

Furniture industry charity expanding leadership team.

American Craft Council Participates in San Francisco's Gift & Home Furnishings Week  - 6/17/2005

The Council, The San Francisco Furniture Market and The San Francisco International Gift Fair® have developed a promotional campaign, which allows retail buyers to gain access to all three shows with a single badge.

Klaussner Integrates Sales Process With Retailers Using Full Circle from MicroD  - 6/16/2005

Full Circle integrates full product visualization at the point of purchase, custom catalog design and order communication with the factory.

Unfinished Furniture Industry Selects 2005 Charity Of Choice  - 6/15/2005

The products donated go directly to the children in the homes, which bring hope to the lives of many.

USA Baby Store Re-Opening in Pittsburgh, PA  - 6/15/2005

retailer of infant furniture and accessories, has relocated and expanded.

New Mid Atlantic Sales Rep For Meyda Tiffany  - 6/15/2005

SOR Enterprises is owned and operated by Sharon Rydell, who has more than 25 years of experience in the home furnishings industry.

Developer Of Credit Software Announces Rental Plan  - 6/15/2005

New plan makes it easier for smaller retail furniture businesses to start managing their own financing.

Steve Kincaid Heads Hall Of Fame  - 6/15/2005

The American Furniture Hall of Fame is an all industry effort that honor important individuals and researches, collects and preserves the furniture industry's cultural, economic and artistic history.

The Wrangler® Brand Introduces Floor Coverings from Feizy Rugs & Lighting From Sedgefield® by Adams  - 6/15/2005

Created in a partnership with Dallas-based Feizy Rugs™ and High Point-based Sedgefield® by Adams, the new collections will be available nationwide this spring.

Target Commercial Interiors to Open Retail Store in Bloomington  - 6/15/2005

Offers professional grade furniture and services and is especially created for small to medium sized businesses and those with home offices.

La-Z-Boy Announces Chief Marketing Officer Departure  - 6/14/2005

Leaves company to accept position with Select Comfort.

Taylor King To Use More Advanced BASF Foams  - 6/14/2005

More of BASF’s Micro-Springs and Pluralux polyurethane foam cushions will be used in their premium line furniture.

MGM Transport, Natuzzi Soho & Klaussner Donate 2 Tractor-Trailers of Furniture To Help Formerly Homeless Families  - 6/14/2005

Donation launches nationwide furniture drive by the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association, benefiting Furnish a Future, New York City’s only free furniture bank for families and individuals moving out of homeless shelters.

Greater New York Home Furnishings Association Golf Outing Sponsors Million Dollar Contest  - 6/14/2005

Keith Seigerman the GNYHFA President was awarded the Meadoff Award For Sportsmanship. Bill Frazier of Bassett Mirror wins JetBlue Challenge.

Fourth Generation Has Joined Standard Furniture, Birmingham, AL  - 6/13/2005

Standard Furniture President Stuart Shevin, announced that Jacob Shevin has joined the Birmingham, AL based home furnishings retailer

Norwalk Furniture Signs Candice Olson  - 6/13/2005

Host of popular Divine Design show will be spokesperson and debut a furniture line in April 2006.

Material World New York To Feature Home Furnishings Showcase In September  - 6/13/2005

Premier Global Sourcing, Fabric, Trim Trade Event Expands Resources to Include Home Furnishings Suppliers

Shaw Living To Introduce New Kathy Ireland Rug Designs In July  - 6/13/2005

Included is introduction of the new Kathy Ireland Gee's Bend collection based on the Quilts of Gee's Bend designs.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Store Opens In Lakeland, FL  - 6/13/2005

New 15,202-square-foot store features the full selection of stylish La-Z-Boy® furniture, beautiful accent pieces, and a professionally staffed design center.

Padma's Plantation Donates Furniture for Hilton Head Heroes House  - 6/13/2005

Organization brings children with life-threatening or serious illnesses, and their families, to Hilton Head Island for an all-expenses paid resort vacation.

Riverside Furniture Lends a Helping Hand to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Team  - 6/10/2005

Riverside Furniture, a leading home furnishings manufacturer, is furnishing the entire home for the Nick family with the latest trends in wood furniture.

Universal Furniture Signs Lease Agreement for 26,000 sq. ft. Showroom in Phase II of World Market CenterSM  - 6/10/2005

Showroom to be located on the fourteenth floor of Building B; the second phase of World Market CenterSM scheduled for completion in early 2007.

Kingsdown Donates $500,000 To Duke Children's Hospital  - 6/9/2005

The contributions were raised during the company's centennial celebration year, when Kingsdown hosted a Swing for Kids event at Pinehurst.

SleepLogic™ Partners with the International Chiropractors Association  - 6/9/2005

The company began working with the ICA in October of 2004 to design its new line of mattresses.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Kmart Launch New Furniture Line  - 6/9/2005

Collection features 20 easy-to-assemble furniture pieces for the bedroom, kitchen, and living room.

Fred Meyer: Winner of the Alan S. Levine Founder’s Award From USA Baby  - 6/9/2005

The award is presented to the franchise store owner who has contributed the most to the success and growth of the franchise system.

M & M Design International Becomes Certified By Rugmark  - 6/9/2005

M&M Design rugs from Nepal are certified that they are not made with illegal child labor.

Rothman’s Furniture Stores Purchase Fiberoptic Signs For Sleep Department from Fiberoptic Lighting, Inc.  - 6/9/2005

Fiber optic signs imply motion -- so a couch can open into a bed and a chair can be seen in multiple positions.

Furniture Brands International Announces Closing Of Four Manufacturing Plants  - 6/8/2005

Closing at Broyhill and Thomasville, a move to "balance" domestic and imported furniture production.

La-Z-Boy Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Operating Results  - 6/8/2005

Upholstery segment sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 increased 3.5% from a year earlier and were up 3.6% for the full fiscal year.

Heilig-Meyers Company Announces Filing of Second Amended Plan of Reorganization and Approval of Disclosure Statement  - 6/8/2005

The Plan contemplates the creation of a Liquidation Trust to liquidate and make distributions of assets.

RoomStore Inc. Emerges From Bankruptcy  - 6/8/2005

Unsecured creditors of RoomStore will receive new common stock of RoomStore in satisfaction of their claims.

Haverty Furniture Reports Sales For May  - 6/8/2005

Sales for the first five months of 2005 increased 9.5% to $334.5 million compared with $305.4 million in 2004.

The Bombay Company, Inc. Announces 10% May Same Store Sales Increase  - 6/8/2005

For the seventeen weeks ended May 28, 2005, total revenue increased 2% to $164.6 million from last year's $161.1 million.

Star Furniture Brings Cristina to Houston; Introduces New Casa Cristina Furniture Collection by Pulaski  - 6/7/2005

One of the first in a series of events to be held throughout the country to promote the new furniture line.

Capel Incorporated Launches Las Vegas Showroom and New Introductions Including Western Themed Rugs  - 6/7/2005

Capel to introduce 27 new lines at the first Las Vegas Furniture Market in July.

NevoRetail POS/Inventory-Control Software Brings the Benefits of In-Depth Serialized Product Tracking to the Small Retailer  - 6/7/2005

Package gives small stores the ability to manage their POS and inventory by serialized units.

Leda Furniture Participates in College Co-op Program  - 6/7/2005

Leda Furniture has been working closely with Conestoga College for a number of years recruiting students of co-operative programs specializing in Woodworking Technology.

W.A.C. Lighting Appoints Gloria Yonkin Chief Financial Officer  - 6/7/2005

s the firm's new CFO, Ms. Yonkin will oversee the Financial Departments, including: accounting, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Philips Teams with Service Lamp To Bring Innovative Display Lighting To Furniture Retailers  - 6/6/2005

Service Lamp’s position in the furniture industry will allow Philips to get direct feedback on innovative products they offer the furniture industry.

Clear Thinking Group Looks For Moderate Retail Sales Growth In 2nd Half  - 6/6/2005

All signs point to a conservative level of growth in most retail sectors including home decor.

Survey On Consumers Of Luxury Goods  - 6/6/2005

Luxury goods must have superior quality, outstanding style and design and the right price/value relationship to be called luxury.

State-Of-The-Art Transporation Hub To Greet High Point Market Visitors In October  - 6/6/2005

Called MAX (Market Authority Xpress), the system will simplify getting around the Market from the time market-goers step off of a plane, take ground transportation to their hotel or head to showrooms.

Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. Acquires Eight Stores in Dallas, Texas  - 6/3/2005

Operation will provide Bassett Corporate Store Program with greater scale allowing them to drive the consistency and uniformity of the BFD program.

Wholesale Furniture Brokers Forms New Partnership with Superior Home Furnishings in Columbia, MO  - 6/3/2005

Consumers can now visit a virtual store to preview items that they can appraise in person at Superior Home Furnishings’ furniture outlet in Fayette, MO.

Vancouver, BC Homeowners To Star In Outdoor Furniture Makeover Programs  - 6/3/2005

TV production company is searching for outspoken, fun loving Vancouver area homeowners to star in outdoor furniture makeover programming.

Mainstreet Delivery Presents Evolving Furniture Delivery Trends At Conference  - 6/3/2005

shifts in consumer buying habits and the Emergence of alternative furniture sales channels are changing the buying process for furniture and other larger home furnishings.

Summer Design Day at SF Mart  - 6/3/2005

July 15th, the Mart’s showrooms will host mini-seminars, demonstrations and receptions, or offer special discounts on select products.

The Bombay Company, Inc. Announces 10% May Same Store Sales Increase  - 6/2/2005

Total revenue increased 13% to $42.5 million for the period compared to $37.5 million for the four-week period ended May 29, 2004.

Capel Incorporated Launches New Contemporary and Outdoor Collections at Atlanta Market  - 6/2/2005

27 new collections including casual, contemporary, traditional and outdoor looks during the Atlanta International Rug Show this July.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Supplies Furniture For Little Wanderers Group Home  - 6/2/2005

Bernie and Phyllis Rubin, co-founders of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, receive some artwork as appreciation gift.

TSA tells shippers to prepare for peak season  - 6/2/2005

Planning is essential as double-digit container growth continues and infrastructure capacity remains limited in the run up to the peak container shipping season.

San Francisco Summer Market 2005 Events & Seminars  - 6/2/2005

In 2005, the San Francisco Mart is celebrating 90 years of serving the Western home furnishings industry.

Butcher Named Vice President Of La-Z-Boy Tennessee Plant  - 6/2/2005

In his new position, Butcher is responsible for overseeing plant operations.

PROFITconsulting’s New On-line Tool For Furniture Retailers  - 6/2/2005

new on-line tool for furniture retailers, The Opportunity Analyzer helps retailers identify basic performance levels for their sales staff and customer traffic.

Clayton Marcus President Delgatti Resigns  - 6/1/2005

Has left to accept a senior management position with Broyhill.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Acquires Ten Franchised Stores  - 6/1/2005

The stores were acquired from Almost Yours, LLC and affiliated LLC's, a franchisee of Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership since 1999.

Michigan Retailers' Forecasts Cooling  - 6/1/2005

Furniture and appliance stores led the industry, with 50 percent ringing up increased year-to-year sales.

Natuzzi S.P.A Announces Restructuring Plan to Reduce Expenses  - 6/1/2005

Unfavorable currency conditions and persistent pricing pressure

New Executive Director Named for Unfinished Furniture Association  - 6/1/2005

As Executive Director, Petet is responsible for the overall operation of UFA, including budgeting, financial management, membership recruitment and retention, conventions and trade shows, publicity and new program development.

Danica Patrick, "Star" Of The 89th Indianapolis 500 Was Sponsored by Norwalk Furniture  - 6/1/2005

As part of her partnership with Norwalk Furniture, Danica makes appearances at Norwalk Furniture locations across the country, is featured in a magazine advertising campaign, and presents the "Rising Star" award to the company's most successful up-and-coming salespeople.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman - March 2003 Orders Up 3%  - 5/31/2005

Year-to-date, shipments were up 4 percent over the first quarter of 2004. Looking at modest growth for year.

100% Design: 22 –25 September 2005 In London  - 5/31/2005

The internationally renowned commercial contemporary design exhibition, will be held at Earls Court 2 in London.

Technical Transportation, Inc. Introduces White Glove Delivery & Minor Repair Service Package  - 5/31/2005

If an initial inspection reveals cosmetic damage, the technicians are trained and equipped to make repairs before arriving at the customer’s home.

World Market Centersm Expands Leasing Staff To Accommodate Demand For Permanent And Temporary Space At Las Vegas Market(sm)  - 5/31/2005

The debut event will encompass nearly 2.5 million square feet of permanent and temporary exhibits showcasing furniture, decorative accessories, lighting, bedding, area rugs, and related segments, as well as a Design Center open year-round to the trade.

Two Ottawa La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Stores Reopen In Dynamic And Design Focused “New Generation” Store Format  - 5/26/2005

The stores were renovated to boast the design-focused format of the company’s “new generation” stores, which help customers in every step of their furniture shopping experience.

Pietrarte Introduces New Collections- Elegance With Swirls & Style  - 5/26/2005

One of Pietrarte’s newest introductions, the decorative Toscana Bed is hand forged of solid hammer iron.

PROFITprofessional, the Next Generation Retail Management System from PROFITsystems, Debuts  - 5/26/2005

For the first time ever, retail furniture salespeople can create special order sales and merchandisers can create stock PO’s with total assurance that they will be 100% error-free.

Buying Group Furniture First Now Offering Private Label Credit Card Program  - 5/25/2005

Furniture First, has signed a contract to offer a private label credit card program through Wells Fargo Financial Retail Services.

Furniture Brands International Announces Consolidation of Operations At Drexel Heritage, Maitland Smith and Henredon  - 5/25/2005

This new structure will help to control costs and assist all of of thes high-end companies in providing more efficient and more cost-effective service to customers.

Sealy Sponsors the Nationally Broadcast Summer Concert Series ‘Today Rocks the Plaza’  - 5/25/2005

Sealy will be supporting this sponsorship with on-stage signage, 30 second advertising spots during the broadcast, visibility on the Today Show website, and on-site promotions and events.

Wickes Furniture Selects SAP Software To Streamline Supply Chain Management  - 5/25/2005

SAP for Retail supports an aggressive growth plan at Wickes that focuses on extended customer services such as increasing in-stock positions and providing for same day delivery.

EBay Top 10 Hot Furniture Categories & Buyer Searches For May 05  - 5/25/2005

Ebay has released its top ten hot furniture categories and most frequently used buyer searches for the month of May 2005.

Atrium Furniture Mall In High Point On Market For $27 Million  - 5/25/2005

Alpha World Properties, LLC (AWP), has listed the Atrium Furniture Mall for $27,237,000.

EL RAN Receives Coveted SEARS Partners in Progress Award For Third Consecutive Year  - 5/24/2005

This award is designed to recognize suppliers who stand out from the crowd by offering Sears innovative, top-quality, exclusive products and exemplary after-sales service.

GRID2 Expands Design Services For Retailers In China  - 5/24/2005

GRID2 plans to function as a one-stop-shop for Chinese retailers, by bringing world class design concepts to their stores and also providing them with the experience and the know-how to build a brand.

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces 5-Year/175,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty on Class 4 and Class 5 Medium-Duty Commercial Trucks Popular With Furniture Retailers  - 5/24/2005

In addition this warranty, the company has also introduced a limited 5-year powertrain warranty extending coverage on the most important components of its class 6 and class 7 FK and FM model medium-duty cabover trucks for a full 60 months or 250,000 miles from warranty start date.

Taylor King & Decorating Den Raise More Than $4,000 for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation  - 5/24/2005

Taylor King was the gracious sponsor of Interiors by Decorating Den’s showroom tour, luncheon, presentation and fundraiser for the benefit of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Rowe Furniture’s Mini Mod Collection Arrives in Canada at Sears Home Stores  - 5/24/2005

The inspiration for smaller-scaled upholstered furniture originates from the fact that a significant number of people are living in smaller condos, apartments or homes.

Kathy Ireland HOME by Martin Adds Conference Tables For Home Office  - 5/24/2005

KIHBM now carries four conference table designs to compliment their most successful office collections.

Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc. Announces Closing of Financing Agreement with GE Commercial Finance  - 5/21/2005

Separately, the Company announced that it continues to strengthen its management team with the appointment of Ward Dingmann, 38, as Senior Vice President of Logistics and Distribution.

Haverty Furniture Promotes DeNiro, Curran and Wilkerson  - 5/20/2005

Clarence H. Smith, president and chief executive officer said, "We are pleased to promote these experienced, dedicated professionals to serve in key positions in the merchandising, advertising and employee relation areas of our business."

New Kroehler Coastal Home Store in Vancouver Celebrates Grand Opening  - 5/20/2005

South Granville store’s GRAND OPENING marks first stand alone Kroehler store in Canada; offers over 150 styles of made-to-order quality seating, exotic treasures and art from celebrated local artists.

llinois Court Awards Dimplex Enhanced Patent Damages and Enters Permanent Injunction against CFM Corporation  - 5/20/2005

Final judgment for damages in the amount of US $12.4 million in favor of Dimplex, manufacturer of electric fireplaces often sold in furniture stores.

SF Furniture Market Announces Hotels Deals  - 5/19/2005

Attendees at the Market, August 3-6, have several low-cost and luxury choices for accommodations.

Bombay Announces First Quarter Results  - 5/19/2005

For the first quarter, revenue from retail stores increased 1% as revenue generated from net new stores more than offset the 5% decline in same store sales.

ISPA Members Converge at Interzum Cologne  - 5/19/2005

More than 75 members of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) joined 1,300 furniture manufacturers and component suppliers from 63 countries to exhibit at interzum.

World Market CenterSM Announces Seminars and Events for Inaugural July 2005 Las Vegas MarketSM  - 5/18/2005

Expanding the platform for valuable industry education, WMC creates alliances with WHFA, A.R.T. and WithIt organizations.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Store In Greenville Reopens - Dynamic & Design Focused  - 5/18/2005

The store was renovated to boast the design-focused format of the company's “new generation” stores, which help customers in every step of their furniture shopping experience.

WithIt Kicks Off Western Initiative at Las Vegas  - 5/18/2005

"Connecting Women and Their Dreams," at the July opening of World Market Center - Las VegasSM.

Abbyson Corporation to Open Las Vegas Showroom  - 5/17/2005

Abbyson Corporation, a premier home furnishings manufacturer and distributor based in Chatsworth, California, is opening a new showroom in the World Market Center in Las Vegas, Nevada this summer.

Abbyson Corporation Embraces ‘The Power of Home’  - 5/17/2005

The new slogan will officially be launched at the World Market Center Expo July 25-29, 2005 in Las Vegas. The slogan will accompany the new ad campaign into 2006.

AHFA Program will Mitigate Spike in Shipping Rates  - 5/16/2005

The American Home Furnishings Alliance is finalizing details of a container program that will help mitigate shipping rate increases for some member companies.

Hooker Furniture Revises Outlook for Second Quarter 2005  - 5/16/2005

"Business at retail has weakened as the quarter unfolded," said Paul B. Toms Jr., chairman and chief executive officer.

Knoll selects BASF’s Ultramid® nylon for its new Chadwick™ office chair  - 5/16/2005

noll selected BASF’s Ultramid SEG8 nylon 6 grade for this innovative hybrid seating design for its aesthetic and durability properties.

George Little Management And Reed Exhibitions To Launch International Interiors New York (Iiny) In 2006  - 5/16/2005

Featured products will include fine furniture, home décor, arts & crafts masterpieces and rare objects, tableware, fabrics, seating, lighting, carpet & flooring, wall coverings, accessories, kitchen & bath, outdoor furniture and residential and commercial interiors.

Habersham Named Industry Of Year By Georgia’s Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber Of Commerce  - 5/13/2005

Now celebrating more than 30 years in business, Toccoa, Georgia-based Habersham Furniture Company is a leading manufacturer of hand-painted and styled showpiece reproductions and original furniture designs.

Bombay Announces Next Phase of Merchandise Strategy Study  - 5/13/2005

With strategic analysis of Bombay's core business completed, a similar analysis of the BombayKIDS operations is now underway.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture and Amesbury Chair Company Help Hospital For Children  - 5/12/2005

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture and Amesbury Chair Company recently donated a dining room table and eight chairs to the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston.

Knoll selects BASF’s Ultramid(R) Nylon For New Chadwick(TM) Office  - 5/12/2005

Knoll selected BASF’s Ultramid SEG8 nylon 6 grade for this innovative hybrid seating design for its aesthetic and durability properties.

Furniture First Elects Board Officers For 2005-2006  - 5/12/2005

Ron Hatch, Hatch Furniture in Yankton, SD, is Chairman of the Board and Bill Hartman continues as the President of Furniture First in Harrisburg, PA.

Dinec To Show New Diva Line In Las Vegas  - 5/12/2005

Collection to be shown in Las Vegas fter a successful debut of the Collection at the April High Point show.

Dorel Starts 2005 With Strong Performance  - 5/11/2005

Total revenues in the Home Furnishings segment increased by 10.5% to US$145 million from US$131.2 million last year.

American Signature Increases Capabilities With New $75 Million Indiana Facility To Serve Value City Stores  - 5/11/2005

Center will serve 31 stores and employ 195.

Sligh To Phase Out Clock Business. Continued Emphasis On Home Office & Home Entertainment Furniture  - 5/11/2005

Sligh Furniture Co. is phasing out of its Holland manufacturing and its clock business by the end of 2005.

Directive Corporation Launched To Provide Retailers With Strategies For Direct & Interactive Marketing  - 5/11/2005

The company will service clients nationwide, focusing on retail and multi-channel marketers.

AWFS Donates $50,000 to WoodLINKS USA  - 5/11/2005

WoodLINKS USA is an industry-driven and supported program that certifies students to a National Industry Standard for the wood industry.

Dufresne named 2005 Canadian Home Furnishings Retailer of the year  - 5/10/2005

Dufresne was selected for their unique approach of combining a high level of service with great value.

Lifestyle guru launches Healthy Homes Awareness Campaign  - 5/10/2005

Langdon's design styles and home improvement ideas are featured on FOX TV’s nationally- syndicated makeover show, “Design Invasion”.

O'Sullivan Industries Reports 6.4% Sales Decrease For Quarter  - 5/10/2005

Net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 was $13.2 million compared to a net loss of $5.3 million for the prior year period.

GERS Retail Systems Announces New President & Chief Executive Officer  - 5/10/2005

Industry leader tapped to head up leading provider of software for consumer-centric retailing.

Luxury Consumers Are Feeling More Positive about their Finiancial Status  - 5/10/2005

Luxury baby boomers continue to emphasize spending their luxury dollars on things to do and places to go, rather than acquiring more material goods like furniture.

Sealy Appoints Philip Dobbs Senior VP Marketing  - 5/10/2005

Dobbs will report directly to David McIlquham, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Premier Issue of Magazine For Rent To Own Industry, RTO Magazine  - 5/10/2005

Like RTO Online, the bi-monthly RTO MAGAZINE is packed with useful, informative, educational, and entertaining content written by RTO pros, for RTO pros.

LuminOre Signs Charleston Forge as Newest Licensee  - 5/9/2005

The exclusive agreement brings the effects of LuminOre’s composite metal finishes to Charleston Forge dealers.

WMIA Announces Winner Of 2005 Partner-Of-The-Year Award  - 5/9/2005

Award recipient Matthew B. Carroll, is president, CEO and fifth-generation member of the Black family to operate Black Brothers Company, Inc.

National Retail Technology Federation Launched to Help Retailers Make Better Decisions on Technology Applications  - 5/9/2005

The NRTF is a national organization composed of value added resellers (VARs) who specialize in different aspects of retail technology.

eReal Household Furniture Spending in US Forecast to Grow by 23.8% from $71.7 bn in 2003 to $88.7 bn in 2013  - 5/6/2005

it is expected furniture spending growth will continue throughout the projection horizon, slowing from an annual rate averaging around 3.3% in 2005 to a rate of 2.0% from 2006 to 2008.

‘Barclay Butera Home’ Showcases Exquisitely Shaped And Tailored Furnishings For Hospitality Industry At Hd Expo 2005  - 5/6/2005

The designer’s elegant, yet accessible approach can be seen at Booth #2853, Barclay Butera Home (BBH).

Furniture Retailer Robb & Stucky Relocates National Headquarters  - 5/5/2005

Robb & Stucky, the nationally recognized interior design and premier home furnishings retailer, expands its corporate facilities and Florida distribution center.

Classic Chesterfield USA Says Market Successful  - 5/5/2005

The company showcased a cross-section of the company’s traditional styled seating including sofas, loveseats, sectionals, wingbacks, ottomans, chaise lounges and office furniture.

La-Z-Boy Purchases Furniture Galleries Operations in Pittsburgh and Connecticut  - 5/5/2005

The Pittsburgh store system was purchased from previous owner Paul Teplitz and the Connecticut operation from Tom Greene.

Unfinished Furniture Convention & Trade Show Set For July In Columbus, OH  - 5/5/2005

This year, more than 1,000 new product introductions are expected.

Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc. Announces Initiatives to Strengthen Its Business  - 5/4/2005

Revitalization plan will incorporate the Seaman's brand into its Levitz furniture stores and secure an additional $40 million to accelerate its growth strategy.

Strictly Furniture, Inc. to Unveil Fifth Avenue Flagship Store  - 5/4/2005

The walk-in Fifth Avenue store will give consumers and interior designers direct access to all the furniture and accessory collections that are made under the Strictly Furniture umbrella.

Kathy Ireland HOME® by Martin Changes Name Of Mount Vernon Collection  - 5/4/2005

Name change of their existing traditional cherry office and entertainment collections from Mount Vernon to Mount View.

Capel Teams Up With Sunbrella To Introduce New Indoor/Outdoor Rug  - 5/4/2005

The rug, called "South Beach" was introduced at the April High Point show in both stripes and Canvas styles.

Software From Pixel by Pixel Helps Furniture Manufacturer Steven Anthony, Inc., Streamline Work Flow  - 5/4/2005

The application has resulted in a 35% increase in sales and a 33% decrease in average production time.

Cristina to Appear at El Dorado Furniture To Introduce New Casa Cristina Furniture Collection By Pulaski  - 5/4/2005

El Dorado Furniture is among the top 50 furniture retailers in the country, and is the largest Hispanic-owned retail enterprise in the U.S.

Kendall College Of Art And Design To Honor Robert S. Fogarty, Jr.  - 5/4/2005

Honorary doctorate to be awarded to Kindel Furniture leader.

Longlite LLC Announces that Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL) Tests Confirm the Energy Savings Of Light Bulb Extending Micro Processer  - 5/4/2005

Company's says its QL-3 micro processor extends the life of a common light bulb by 300%.

IBM Names Retail Software Supplier GERS a 2005 Beacon Award Finalist  - 5/4/2005

GERS entered their Multi-Channel Commerce products into the competition and were named one of the top three finalists out of 90 entrants.

Kingsdown And Oscar De La Renta Partner To Create Luxury Sleep System  - 5/4/2005

The Oscar de la Renta collection from Kingsdown will be available through fine interior designers and high-end furniture stores throughout the United States.

Haverty Furniture Reports Results for First Quarter 2005  - 5/3/2005

April's comparative sales up 7.7% following March's 10.8% increase.

A-America, Inc. Selects Apprise(R) Wireless Warehouse for Warehouse Automation  - 5/3/2005

A-America selected Apprise Wireless Warehouse due to robust functionality and tight integration with its broader ERP solution.

Bombay Revises Fourth Quarter Earnings Upward  - 5/2/2005

Earnings for the quarter are $66,000 higher than announced on March 22, 2005 and the loss for the year is $621,000 lower than previously announced as a result of recording the adjustment relating to pre-opening lease cost.

Three Students Receive Scholorship Established by Furniture Industry Entrepreneur Laurence Moh  - 5/2/2005

The scholarship program, funded by Mr. Moh’s initial gift of $3 million, was established to provide full tuition scholarships for students whose academic endeavors would logically lead to careers in the home furnishings industry.

U.S. Office Furniture Industry Showing Signs of Continued Recovery  - 5/2/2005

For the balance of calendar year 2005, quarterly growth is expected to range between 8 - 10%.

La-Z-Boy Sells Office Contract Unit To Owners Of Best Home Furnishings  - 4/29/2005

Completed a sale of its La-Z-Boy Contract unit, to the Lange family, owners of Best Home Furnishings, Inc. of Ferdinand, IN.

Three Progressive Retailers Sign with STORIS  - 4/29/2005

The Mattress Company, Mesa TV and Appliance, and FrontRoom Furnishings, LCC, have each joined forces with STORIS.

Michael C. Gennet Resigns As President and Chief Operating Officer of Lazar  - 4/29/2005

Gennet has not announced his future plans but credits Barry Lazar and the Lazar management team with “the vision and energy necessary to take the company to the next level.”

Genesis Software Systems Unveils Advantage Version 2.0  - 4/29/2005

Further refinements to the user interface and some beefed up functionality in the program.

Furniture Brands International Reports First Quarter Net Sales Down 5.3%  - 4/28/2005

Cites weakness in mid-priced lines. Seeks to improve performance by concentrating on cost structure.

EBay Top 10 Hot Furniture Categories & Buyer Searches For April 05  - 4/28/2005

Ebay has released its top ten hot furniture categories and most frequently used buyer searches for the month of April 2005.

Capel Showroom Ready to Open in Vegas  - 4/28/2005

The showroom will be open year round Monday - Friday, and for the first Las Vegas Furniture Market, July 25 - 29, 2005.

Designer Jacques Garcia Hosts Special Event On May 3 At The Baker Knapp & Tubbs New York Showroom  - 4/27/2005

Baker unveiled the Jacques Garcia Collection at the Spring 2004 International Home Furnishings Market in High Point.

Stanley Furniture Elects Scheffer CEO; Prillaman Continues as Chairman  - 4/27/2005

He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman Reports New Orders Down, Shipments Up, Backlogs Down  - 4/27/2005

Notes housing boom has created opportunities for furniture sales that may soon materialize.

Stanley Furniture Announces Record First Quarter Sales and Earnings  - 4/26/2005

Net sales of $83.0 million increased 16.0% and earnings per share grew 21.1% to $.86 from the first quarter of last year.

Global Icons Licenses New Client Postobello to Drexel Heritage  - 4/26/2005

Global Icons has brokered an exclusive furniture, furniture accessories, lamps and rugs license with Drexel Heritage Furniture Industries on behalf of Postobello.

cmi simply home Recognized With Design Journal’s 2004-‘05 Adex Platinum Award  - 4/26/2005

A large and prestigious awards competition for furnishings in the architecture and design industry, the ADEX awards are bestowed annually.

The Seattle Gift Show August 27-31, 2005  - 4/26/2005

Will feature over 4,500 product lines in over 1,300 booths-many from Northwest and Canadian manufacturers.

Sealy Introduces Trueform Mattress Featuring Memory Foam Technology  - 4/26/2005

The innovative memory foam found in Sealy TrueForm adjusts to body temperature and weight, reduces pressure points and provides maximum support.

Ken Curtis Joins MicroD as Vice President of Sales  - 4/25/2005

MicroD, Inc. develops and provides Internet and desktop-based software products and services.

Matthew White and Frank Webb Introduce a New Line of Home Furnishings, Called Intaglio by White Webb  - 4/25/2005

Line fuses the ancient and modern, resulting in objects that add both a sense of history and graphic punch to any room.

White Paper: How is Theme-Furniture Designed and Developed?  - 4/25/2005

The Theme-Furniture development process can be divided in 1. Research, 2. Design and 3. Manufacturing Development.

Furniture Brands International Names Joseph P. McClelland VP Logistics & Supply Chain Management  - 4/25/2005

Mr. McClelland has spent his career in supply chain management, serving most recently as as Vice-President, International Supply Chain for The Home Depot.

Stanford Engineering Professor Uses His Patented Joint to Create New Furniture Styles  - 4/25/2005

Professor Robert Eustis is developing elegant chair designs with modern curvilinear shapes expressed with the traditional warmth of wood materials.

Meyda Lighting To Introduce New ADA Wall Sconces Featuring Fused Art Glass At The Dallas Summer Lighting Market  - 4/25/2005

Each sconce is designed to meet ADA (American Disability Act) standards and is handcrafted in the USA.

Sunbrella Chenille Receives Platinum Award In ADEX Competition  - 4/21/2005

Sunbrella fabrics are known for their superior performance as well as design excellence.

National Geographic Continues To Work With Extreme Makeover: Home Edition  - 4/21/2005

National Geographic has once again contributed bedding and accessories from its award-winning Home Collection to ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

LaDifférence International Home Fuurnishings Celebrates 25 Years Of Modern Design  - 4/21/2005

aDiff will kick-off its 25th Anniversary festivities on Saturday, May 7th, with the arrival of “Magis on the Road.”

Kelly Hoppen And Century Furniture Team Up For High Point Show Introduction  - 4/21/2005

Kelly Hoppen for Century--a collection of fabrics, upholstery, wood and metal case goods created by the celebrated British interior designer.

ASFD 2005 David Kline Memorial Scholarship Contest Awards Presented to Winning Design Students from Kendall College of Art & Design  - 4/20/2005

$3500 First Place Award to KCAD Junior, Nathaniel Follett for his "EKU Slide Entertainment Unit".

ISPA/SPSC Named to 2005 Associations Advance America Honor Roll  - 4/20/2005

Recognized for work in promoting mattresses safely.

Casual Furniture Retailer, Georgia Backyard, Inc., Hosts Event With Frances Mayes  - 4/20/2005

In addition to being a celebrated best selling author, Frances Mayes is also a furniture designer, and introduced her new “At Home in Tuscany Collection” of outdoor furniture and accessories.

Tempur-Pedic International Inc. Introduces European-Inspired Sleep System  - 4/20/2005

Tempur-Pedic International Inc. introduced its most stylish sleep system yet -- "The EuroBed by Tempur-Pedic(TM)."

Electric Fireplace Manufacturer Restructures Sales Force Management to Better Serve Customers  - 4/20/2005

Dimplex North America Limited concentrates retail and non-retail business groups under common management.

A.P. Industries Launch Line Called ‘tweens and teens from mary-kateandashley home.  - 4/20/2005

Dualstar and A.P. Industries seek to fill void in ‘Tween And Teen' home furnishings marketplace.

Oscar de la Renta HOME Introduces New Collections  - 4/20/2005

Oscar de la Renta Home Bedding will consist of two different collections at two different price points. Rug collection also introduced.

IKEA To Open 23rd US Store In June 2003  - 4/19/2005

IKEA To Open 23rd Store In US, In Atlanta, GA, this Summer on Wednesday, June 29, 2005.

New Officers And Trustees Elected To International Sleep Products Board  - 4/19/2005

David Orders of Park Place Corporation was elected chair, and Bob Hellyer of Simmons was elected vice chair of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA).

Loth Named Dealer of the Year By Workplace Furnishings  - 4/19/2005

Leading dealer buying and marketing organization recognizes Loth’s achievements in the industry.

New Eames (tm) Paper Collection Inspired by Legendary Designers  - 4/19/2005

Inspired by the design duo Charles and Ray Eames. Based on the designers’ ground- breaking work and philosophies.

Scott Phillips of “The American Woodshop” to Host Awards Ceremony At AWFSVegas  - 4/19/2005

Scott Phillips has become one of the nation’s favorite woodworkers as host of the TV show “The American Woodshop.”

Pulaski Furniture Introduces New Concept in Curio Interior Lighting  - 4/19/2005

Today, celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of the nation’s top 20 furniture companies, Pulaski has introduced its new, patent pending Insight™ Lighting System.

Bozco TV Announces Furniture Dealer Program At High Point Show  - 4/16/2005

Program gives furniture retailers the opportunity to sell plasma televisions to their customers at competitive prices without carrying back-up inventory.

Sealy Named To Fortune List Of America’s Most Admired Companies For Third Consecutive Year  - 4/16/2005

Sealy moved up one place to the #5 ranking in the “Furniture” section of the “Shelter” category and is still the only bedding manufacturer to make the list.

Profitability Group Appoints Wolinski To Head Performance Groups Division  - 4/15/2005

This division is devoted to aiding retail furniture dealers to join together to share common situations, ideas, goals and solutions to develop a “best practices” approach to the profitable operation of their stores.

Withit Breakfast Presents Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast  - 4/15/2005

Ralich Spak was the key presenter at the a breakfast hosted at each Market by WithIt and the International Home Furnishings Center, High Point, NC.

Stanley Furniture Company Names Tom Galvin Vice President Of Sales For Stanley Collections  - 4/14/2005

With more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing, he has served as director of marketing for Sealy Posturepedic and previously was regional sales manager for Pepsi Cola.

Connie Post To Sign Free Copies of Her Book At Butler Showroom In High Point  - 4/14/2005

Butler will provide complimentary copies of the colorful, coffee-table size book that retails for $19.95.

Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and Furniture.com Announce Agreement  - 4/14/2005

One of Canada’s most successful home furnishings retailers turns to furniture industry online presence for web sales and advanced technology

Hispanic Media Mogul Cristina Signs Licensing Deals with Home Furnishings Companies  - 4/13/2005

Under the banner Casa Cristina, she has launched a furniture collection by Pulaski Furniture, a rug collection by Jaunty, Inc. and a collection of home furnishings and accessories by CBK.

Butler Honors Jack Lopez Klein, Who Is Retiring After 58 Years As Sales Representative  - 4/13/2005

Gifts and tributes given for a life of service to Butler and to the furniture industry.

IKEA East Palo Alto To Support The American Forests’ Living Classrooms Program  - 4/13/2005

From Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd a reusable blue bag promoted for the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) program in the Bay Area will help the IKEA store in East Palo Alto to make the Living Classrooms program a reality.

IKEA Plans To Begin Construction On 28th Store In Greater Detroit Metro Area  - 4/13/2005

The future IKEA Canton will be the 28th IKEA store in the U.S., and fourth in the Upper Midwest.

World Market Center (Las Vegas) Names Tim Branscome as Director of International Business Development  - 4/12/2005

Branscome will develop strategic partnerships with major European trade fairs, international trade associations and foreign governments.

Haverty Furniture Reports 16.2% Sales Increase For March  - 4/11/2005

Flow of best selling imported merchandise improved and allowed for a strong volume of deliveries to customers.

The Bombay Company Annunces 9% Drop In March Revenue  - 4/11/2005

Decline blamed on external factors and early Easter holiday.

Breakthrough Foam Technology- Acella-Flex With SRT From Leggett & Platt.  - 4/11/2005

The open cell structure of Acella-Flex improves resiliency, adding a more cushioning “feel” to the foam as it adds durability.

Stanley Furniture Expands Robbinsville, N.C. Plant  - 4/11/2005

Expansion will allow for better service, improved product quality and safer working environment for 560 associates.

American Manufacturing To Introduce New Promotional Upholstery Lines In High Point  - 4/11/2005

The company has placed an emphasis on tailoring its upholstered products for higher quality.

EQ3 Enters Spring With Its Largest New Product Introduction  - 4/11/2005

EQ3 is a division of Canada’s largest residential furniture manufacturer, Palliser Furniture of Winnipeg.

Overwhelming Furniture Representation at 2005 International JPMA Show  - 4/8/2005

75 leading youth furniture manufacturers have already contracted to exhibit and contracts continue to stream in daily.

Expanded Lines, Exceptional Color and Pattern Combos For April High Point Show  - 4/8/2005

Taylor King Occasional line will showcase 45 new pieces in a new 3,000 square foot gallery.

Fashion Designer Nicole Miller Creates Furniture Line Excelsior Designs to Debut Collection in September  - 4/8/2005

Miller’s design aesthetic - contemporary flair meets classic style - inspires her 70-plus piece casegoods, leather and fabric upholstery collection.

Karel Exposition Management Presents Its First Furniture & Accessory Market in Houston, May 22-24  - 4/7/2005

Company fills niche for regional buyers/sellers across the nation.

Capel Incorporated Expands Williamsburg and Outdoor Collections For High Point Market  - 4/7/2005

Capel signed a licensing agreement with Williamsburg in 2002, and since then the popular product line has grown to over fifteen different rug collections.

Barclay Butera Home Promotes Olsen To Sales Manager -Announces HIgh Point Introductions  - 4/7/2005

Brings to High Point Market his elegant yet accessible approach to ‘fashion for the home’.

Alaskan Dave Cavitt Dubbed “Western Retailer Of The Year”  - 4/7/2005

Cavitt named 2005 Western Retailer of the Year by the Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA), an organization representing the interests of some 1,100 home furnishings retailers.

Yorkshire House To Introduce Antique Chest With Hidden Plasma TV In High Point  - 4/7/2005

The screen emerges and retreats electronically by remote control through the hinged cabinet top.

Connie Post Teams Up With Butler For Affordable Design | Accent Furniture Collection  - 4/7/2005

Connie Post has teamed up with Butler Specialty Company to create a broad collection of accent furniture as part of the all-new Affordable Design Ô by Connie Post comprehensive line of coordinated home furnishings.

Foss Manufacturing Appoints Jeff Dellinger Managing Director, fibers Business Unit  - 4/7/2005

Foss Manufacturing Company is a leader in the research and innovation of specialty synthetic fibers and nonwoven fabrics.

Padma's Plantation Furniture featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”  - 4/7/2005

olynesian design style was specified, to reflect the family's Samoan heritage, and Padma’s Plantation was selected as one of the contributors of furniture for the project.

Campaign Furniture Expert, Nicholas Brawer Lends His Expertise To Stanley Furniture  - 4/7/2005

At debut of Barbados, a new collection by Stanley Furniture Co., at the International Home Furnishings Market, April 14 through 20.

Michael Payne, Host Of Hgtv’s Popular “Designing For The Sexes”, Styles Four New Furniture Collections For The Powell Company  - 4/6/2005

Three of four new groups, “7 Series”, “Sloane”, and “Hampton” will be introduced at the April 2005 High Point Market.

Emma Gardner Design To Be Featured At Salon Del Mobile  - 4/6/2005

‘Peacock’ fabric was commissioned by Bombay Sapphire gin and will be featured in major European ad campaign.

Leggett & Platt To Market Serta-Branded Sleep Comfort Systems Products  - 4/5/2005

To be unveiled at L&P New York showroom, April 10 – 15, and at the High Point Showroom April 14 – 20.

Oscar De La Renta Selects Oriental Accent As Licensee To Expand Home Collection - High Point Introduction  - 4/5/2005

Oriental Accent, Inc. will introduce lamps, wall sconces, decorative accessories, chargers, urns, bowls, vases, hurricanes and candlesticks to the growing Oscar de la Renta Home collection.

Alliance Data Systems To Provide Integrated Private Label And Co-Brand Credit Card Services To Home Furnishings Retailer Hanover Direct  - 4/5/2005

Services provided to catalog and corollary Web brands, Company Store, Domestications, Silhouettes, International Male and Undergear.

La-Z-Boy Signs License Agreement To Market Outdoor & Camping Equipment  - 4/4/2005

The collection will debut in key retailers across North America for the 2006 spring season.

Container Surcharges Of Up To 37% At Panama Canal  - 4/4/2005

Higher Canal fees reflect the broader overall trend of sustained, double-digit transpacific cargo growth and a sense of urgency among ports, railroads and other supply chain partners to fund expanded facilities and productivity improvements.

Sharut Announces New Division Lauch At High Point  - 4/4/2005

Introduction of the IcOn Collection to produce flat panel display televisions on a floating panel which is then backlit.

French Heritage To Open A Second Location In High Point To Showcase Unique Collection Of Accessories, Bonbon & Bijoux  - 4/4/2005

Bonbon & Bijous includes a selection of mirrors, furniture, lamps, pillows, linens decorative boxes, and many other curiosities.

Canadian Electric Fireplace Manufacturer Grows Distribution Significantly  - 4/4/2005

The expansion of United States distribution base is a result of a sales force expansion and market development effort initiated two years ago.

ASFD Spring High Point Market Dinner Features Judy George as Guest Speaker  - 4/4/2005

Ms. George, Domain's creator, is recognized as one of the outstanding retail home furnishings visionaries.

Furniture Brands International Names Harvey Dondero President and CEO of Broyhill Furniture Industries  - 4/4/2005

r. Dondero has served since 1999 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Furniture International, which is currently a part of Lacquer Craft.

Bob's Discount Furniture To Open 20th Store in Natick, Massachusetts  - 4/1/2005

The Natick store will occupy 33,000 square feet of space and join five other Bob's locations in Massachusetts.

Home Furnishings Retailer Restoration Hardware Reports Comparable Store Sales Increase  - 4/1/2005

For the year ended January 29, 2005, net revenue was $525.8 million, a 20% increase versus a year ago.

Furniture First Launches Its Own Furniture Protection Plans Under the Protection 1st Brand  - 4/1/2005

The Protection 1st program will offer coverage for fabric, leather and vinyl upholstery, area rugs, mattresses and case goods.

Three More Top 100 Retailers Sign with FurnishNet for Electronic Transaction Exchange  - 4/1/2005

Levitz Home Furnishings, Steinhafels, and Wickes Furniture initiate B2B strategies to increase operating efficiencies and spur growth.

Stanley Furniture Company Appoints Brad Miller As The New Director Of International Sales  - 4/1/2005

He replaces Margaret Bloom, who is retiring.

World Market Center - Las Vegas - To Expand By 60 Percent  - 4/1/2005

World Market Center announced plans for an expanded campus comprising 12 million square feet of permanent and temporary showrooms.

Natuzzi Reports Net Sales Decrease  - 3/31/2005

Cites persistent price pressure from products manufactured in the Far East and Eastern Europe, depreciation of the US Dollar against the Euro, and higher selling costs.

Ethan Allen Opens New Reno, Nevada Store  - 3/31/2005

New store located in the new Sierra Home Center in Reno's South Meadows.

Hooker Reports Imported Wood Sales Increase, Domestic Production Drops  - 3/31/2005

Gross profit margin improved for upholstered leather furniture and imported wood and metal furniture, but declined for domestically produced wood furniture.

New C-TPAT Criteria For Furniture Importers Take Effect (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)  - 3/31/2005

After five drafts and more than six months of work, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has unveiled its final baseline standards for importers participating in the voluntary Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

Yorkshire House Offers More New Products Than Ever Before  - 3/31/2005

New 100 percent made-by-hand English reproduction designs will be shown at the April High Point Show

Portland Gift & Accessories Show Scheduled For June 4-7, 2005  - 3/31/2005

Major emphasis on seasonal and holiday products as well as home décor, garden & outdoor product and personal accessories.

cmi Expands Retail Offerings With New Accessories And POP Display  - 3/31/2005

Introduces six new accessory items and a more user-friendly Rug Sample Center both designed to maximize retail sales opportunities.

Top Hot Furniture Searches On eBay For March 2005  - 3/31/2005

eBay announced the top "hot" categories and top ten buyer furniture searches for the month of March.

American Drew Steps Aggressively Into New Broader Positioning With Introduction Of PROFILES  - 3/30/2005

New “line within a line” targets lifestyle trends at medium price points.

Furniture Forecast From BDO Seidman Reports 3-4% Increase In Shipments This Year  - 3/30/2005

Sales at furniture and home furnishings stores, adjusted, were up .7 percent over January and up 5.2 percent over February 2004.

Withit Appoints Four New Governors to their Advisory Board  - 3/30/2005

Individuals replace outgoing Board of Governors members Bob Maricich of Century Furniture Industries, Michael Bailenson of Bailenson Communications and Bill Kimbrell of Star Furniture.

American Drew Introduces Next Generation Jessica Mcclintock Home Collection At April Market  - 3/30/2005

The new 45-piece Jessica McClintock Home Collection continues to draw on the antiques and architecture that grace the home of the well-known fashion designer.

The New Era of Customer Centric Luxury, Will Luxury Marketers Seize the Moment?  - 3/30/2005

High end customers in many industries including home furnishings expect a customer-centric approach.

Meyda Tiffany Introduces "Elan Stained Glass Lighting Series"  - 3/29/2005

The "Elan" Lighting Series features romantic, Garnet- colored stained glass with an early 20th century motif.

Alpha World Properties, LLC (AWP), Purchases Market On Main High Point Building For Over $8 Million  - 3/28/2005

Market on Main is adjacent to the International Home Furnishings Center. The building is six stories tall with approximately 60,000 sq. ft. of space and has been fully leased since it was built in 1998.

Chrisley Promoted To President and CEO of Universal  - 3/28/2005

Chrisley replaces Harvey Dondero who resigned from the company to pursue other career interests.

Bombay Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2004 Operating Results  - 3/27/2005

Softness in consumer demand, company reports loss. Same store sales down 7% for fourth quarter.

Bassett Reports First Quarter Sales Increase  - 3/27/2005

The Bassett Furniture Direct retail store program continues to grow with 120 stores in operation at the end of the first quarter.

Sealy To Be Acquired By KKR For $1.5 Billion  - 3/27/2005

Sealy Corp. is being acquired from a private investment group that includes Bain Capital, Charlesbank Capital Partners, JPMorgan Partners, CIBC Argosy Merchant Fund and BancBoston Capital.

Global Surroundings LLC Introduces Ecologically Friendly Teak Furniture  - 3/27/2005

Teak furniture that has been specifically designed for both outdoor and indoor living.

Dinec To Centralize, Invest In And Reorganize Production Facilities  - 3/25/2005

New investsment in their Trois-Rivières plant, transfer of 75 jobs and new assembly line and administrative center.

Just Buy Online Ltd Launches A New UK Based Online Mattress & Bedding Shop  - 3/25/2005

Buy-A-Mattress.co.uk is dedicated to providing only the best in Orthopaedic Foam, Visco Elastic Memory Foam and Latex mattresses at affordable prices.

Meyda Tiffany Introduces Mackintosh Rose Art Glass Lighting Collection  - 3/25/2005

The Mackintosh Rose Collection from Meyda Tiffany features rose-designed art glass shades with embossed bronze finishes and wood-like bases and frames.

"Barclay Butera Home" Brand Showroom Launch At Pacific Design Center  - 3/25/2005

The BBH showrooms have a clean and open presentation, highlighting the richness of each piece in its best space and light.

Pam Danziger featured speaker at "Luxury Cakewalk" hosted 220 Steele Building, High Point on April 15  - 3/25/2005

am Danziger, author of the new book on the luxury market, Let Them Eat Cake: Marketing Luxury to the Masses—as Well as the Classes will share insights.

David Francis Furniture To Unveil Signature Desk Collection At April High Point Show  - 3/25/2005

The signature collection, which will be available for viewing at David Francis' High Point showroom, spans a wide range of design influences.

Bigelow Introduces Concrete Desert Rumi Coffee Table  - 3/25/2005

This table is unique with its sculpted concrete surface, patinas, layered finishes and handcrafted steel legs.

Color Matching System Helps Match Colors - New Book  - 3/25/2005

In her new book, Color Your Life – How To Design Your Home With Colors From Your Heart Ryan discusses the benefits of color, emphasizing the psychological and emotional aspects of incorporating big color in the home.

Taylor King and Interiors By Decorating Den Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer  - 3/25/2005

“A Day at the Market” will afford guests a unique opportunity to experience the International Home Furnishings Market, usually open only to retailers.

A.R.T. Unveiled: Acrylic Furniture Designed for Comfort  - 3/25/2005

The signature line will be offered under the Aaron Robert Thomas (A.R.T.) brand name.

Michelangelo Designs Launches New Leather Collection  - 3/24/2005

Michelangelo to launch their first Italian line of leather living room Collection made in China during the upcoming April 2005 High Point market.

National Geographic Donates Furnishings for Remodeled Home  - 3/24/2005

NG Home Collection and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team up to help California family rebuild their life.

Room & Board to Open New Distribution Center in Rogers, Minn.  - 3/21/2005

Furniture Retailer to Relocate Its Minneapolis Distribution Center to New 200,000 Square-Foot Location in May 2005

The High Point Group Formed to Provide Promotional and Operational Support to the Home Furnishings Industry  - 3/21/2005

The Home Furnishings Industry has a new retail event marketing and operational consulting firm.

Taylor King Announces Showroom Expansion in High Point  - 3/21/2005

The showroom, located on the 2nd floor of the 200 Steele Building, is gaining an additional 3000 square feet previously occupied by Lloyd Buxton Furniture.

Demountable Concepts To Give High Point Truck/Warehouse Seminar  - 3/21/2005

Demountable Concepts will give a seminar during the April High Point Show titled,"Improving Operational Efficiency In Large And Small Retail Furniture Operations With Demountable Truck Bodies."

Robb & Stucky Interiors Announce Alliance With Henredon Furniture  - 3/18/2005

Known for offering premier furnishings, the new 25,000 – 40,000 sq. feet studios will showcase Henredon brands including Ralph Lauren, Lauren, Barbara Barry and David Easton.

Birmingham, Europe's Second Largest Home Show, Season, Gift, Greetings Returns To UK in September  - 3/18/2005

Visitors should plan to head to Hall 2 for the largest ever collection of chic and contemporary occasional furniture, soft furnishings, lighting, home accessories and bed and bath products.

World Market Center Announces January 2006 Market Dates  - 3/17/2005

World Market CenterSM announced the dates for its second Market: January 30 – February 3, 2006.

Lauren Brooks Collections by Vanguard To Show Four Lines At High Point  - 3/17/2005

Lauren Brooks collections of furniture are manufactured through Vanguard and available in more than 100 retail furniture locations throughout the country.

Nationwide Launches Seamless Warehousing and Member Fulfillment System  - 3/17/2005

System allows its member retailers to order either directly from the manufacturers or through Nationwide using Nationwide's web site.

Breuners Arizona Chosen As Furniture Partner For ABC’s Extreme Makeover  - 3/16/2005

Breuners donated over $60,000 worth of furniture and accessories to the Okvath family’s new home in Gilbert, a 5,300 square foot home.

Pier 1 Survey Suggests People Want Infusion of Color, Spice and Personality in Their Homes  - 3/16/2005

With so many similar offerings currently available in the home furnishings industry, Pier 1 Imports is encouraging customers to look "beyond the beige" home decor offered at many retailers to find colorful, inspirational home furnishings more representative of their individual tastes.

Co-Owner of Brownstreet Furniture Passes at 67  - 3/16/2005

Baxter Hart Wrightson, 67, of Lancaster, NH died after a long battle with prostate cancer at his home on March 13th.

TLS by Design to Introduce New Lines of Distinction in High Point  - 3/16/2005

New Distinctive Screens and Brass Inlay Collections will be showcased at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.

New Product Helps Consumers Make The Right Color Decision In Retail Furniture Stores  - 3/14/2005

Your customer can click-in a color at home, and then take the Color-Helper to the store to click in the colors of items you are thinking about buying.

Bermex Announces Expansion Plans  - 3/14/2005

Bermex International, Inc., a leader in the casual and formal dining room furniture business, expands and innovates one more time this year.

New Decorating Magazine, At Home with Chris Madden, To Debut  - 3/14/2005

New magazine with celebrity designer, television personality and best-selling author Chris Madden has been named At Home with Chris Madden.

Stanley Furniture Company & AmericasMart To Sponsor WithIt National Educational Conference, May10-12, in Atlanta  - 3/14/2005

The conference entitled "Learn, Grow, Lead, Encourage: Developing Leaders for 2010", is slated for May 10-12 at AmericasMart, Atlanta, Georgia.

Furniture Designer Rashid At LaDifference International Home Furnishings In May  - 3/13/2005

Design should be engaging, beautiful and part of everyday life,” says Rashid.

Heilig-Meyers Company Announces Filing of Amended and Restated Joint Liquidating Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement  - 3/13/2005

Reorganized RoomStore will continue to operate over 60 stores under the "RoomStore" name.

Simmons Employees Help Victims Of Tsunami Tragedy  - 3/12/2005

Contributing over $37,000 of individual and corporate contributions to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund.

Furniture Legend Tom Broyhill Speaks to Generational Retail Leaders  - 3/12/2005

Mr. Broyhill will participate in a “Best Practices Forum” hosted by WHFA with other prominent family-owned business representatives.

Jury Awards Dimplex $8.2 Million in Patent Damages  - 3/12/2005

Electric fireplace manufacturer protects patented technology sold through home furnishings stores.

Butler To Introduce Exclusive Accent Furniture Collection For Affordable Design By Connie Post Selling System  - 3/11/2005

P Butler will also showcase a new Eastern Inspirations collection and five new hand-painted finishes.

Dramatic Five-Story Neoclassical Furniture Showroom Tower To Open In High Point In 2006  - 3/11/2005

Five story, 50,000-square feet, premier showroom tower, will be located opposite Radisson Hotel.

Doral, Parent Of Ameriwood, Altra Furniture and Ridgewood/Charleswood Brands Earnings Top US$100 million  - 3/10/2005

Home Furnishings segment revenues for the fourth quarter decreased 5.1% to US$144.9 million from last year's US$152.7 million.

Medya Tiffany Lighting Designer's Truck Falls Through Ice In Lake  - 3/10/2005

Mr. Santucci, a lighting designer who oversees Meyda Tiffany's Old Forge Division, was enjoying a day of ice fishing...

BIFMA Sustainability Guidelines Released  - 3/10/2005

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) International has created a set of guidelines.

Hammary Launches National Trust - Design In America (tm) Collection  - 3/10/2005

Hammary, a La-Z-Boy company, will debut three distinctive furniture groups in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a part of its Design in America™ program.

cmi Promotes Three To Sales Support Positions  - 3/9/2005

Braided area rug manufacturer promotes Meredith Scarlata to the position of Sales Support Manager and Kristin Henderson and Gregg Scarlata to Sales Support Associate.

Howard Products Launches New Naturals Furniture Polish Line  - 3/9/2005

Innovative New Furniture Care Collection Uses Latest Advancements in Natural, Vegetable-Derived Ingredients in Combination with Aromatic Essential Oils

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. Appoints Hotham and Hjerpe To Management Positions  - 3/9/2005

Headquartered in Logan Township, NJ, MFTA markets a complete line of diesel-powered, medium-duty, cab-over trucks for furniture delivery and other applications.

Washington-Area Furniture Retailer Finds Alternative Housing In High Point, NC  - 3/9/2005

Belfort Furniture bought three new units on two floors at 212 North Main Street in a completely renovated century-old former tobacco warehouse.

Fashion Institute Of Technology To Hold Home Products Development Program In April  - 3/9/2005

Joseph Laneve, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, Home, Bloomingdale's, will receive the Industry Leader of the Year award.

Today’s Bedroom One Selects Universal Furniture As Manufacturer Of The Year  - 3/9/2005

Today’s Bedroom One, a multi-store chain based in Indiana, has selected Universal Furniture International, Inc., as it’s 2004 Manufacturer of the Year.

Kathy Ireland HOME by Martin’s Says It Is The Closest Thing To A One Wall Fits All  - 3/8/2005

Kathy Ireland HOME by Martin (KIHBM) will premier the newest addition to their entertainment family at the upcoming April 2005 High Point Furniture Market.

Ed Armenta & Doug Carrion W.A.C. Lighting Sales Reps Establishe Armenta-Carrion Lighting Group  - 3/8/2005

This newly formed sales agency represents W.A.C. Lighting throughout Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Bob's Discount Furniture Expands Charitable Programs - Launching Bob' Cares Program  - 3/8/2005

Fast-growing New England furniture retailer, has an alter ego that defies the company's image.

Interior Lifestyle USA to be Launched in Cooperation with WMC July Market  - 3/8/2005

In adding the new show, World Market CenterSM expands its base as an integrated market for international home and hospitality contract furnishings.

Ethan Allen Chairman & CEO Comments On Business Trends  - 3/8/2005

Implementation of Everyday Pricing has, altered the pattern of incoming written business to smooth out the peaks that were created in prior years.

Ethan Allen Chairman & CEO Comments On Business Trends  - 3/8/2005

Implementation of Everyday Pricing has, altered the pattern of incoming written business to smooth out the peaks that were created in prior years.

Furniture Brands Expects First Quarter Sales Decline  - 3/7/2005

Against a record sales and earnings quarter last year, revenues for the company are expected to be down in the mid-single digits..

New Buying Guides Published For Latest Trends in Mattresses  - 3/7/2005

These new buying guides will help educate consumers about these choices so they can avoid expensive mistakes.

Gift Cards Cemented Their Appeal In 2004  - 3/7/2005

57 percent of gift cards were purchased for a specific place, and the balance for spending anywhere at the mall or via certificates like American Express.

Jonathan Adler Furniture by Rowe is Launched  - 3/3/2005

Jonathan Adler Furniture by Rowe will premiere on March 2, 2005 during an invitation-only event in New York City.

New Comfort Small Scale Sleeper Design Introduced By American Upholstery  - 3/3/2005

In the “Natalie” a conventional queen size mattress fits inside a sleek 69-inch sofa, as opposed to the industry’s standard sofa sleeper which measures between 85 and 90 inches wide.

Sharut Furniture Introduces "Plasma In Motion" Combo of Contemporary Furniture & Electronics  - 3/3/2005

Like all of Sharut’s furniture, Plasma in Motion(tm) is available in a variety of customizable colors, dimensions, and finishes

The Bombay Company, Inc. Announces February Revenue - Same Store Sales Decline 6.5%  - 3/3/2005

Revenue for the four-week period ended February 26, 2005 decreased 2% to $34.9 million from $35.4 million.

BJ's Wholesale Club February Sales Up 10.4% But Furniture Sales Decline  - 3/3/2005

Weaker categories included best seller books, film, furniture and jewelry.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. February Sales Down 2.8 Percent  - 3/3/2005

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 139 department stores and two furniture stores in 16 states from the Northeast to the Midwest.

Anthony Cilio Joins Alfresco Home  - 3/2/2005

Cilio will be responsible for expanding Alfresco Home’s current product categories as well as developing new business opportunities for this home and patio accent design and distribution firm.

Rise In Confidence Boosts Buying At Seattle Gift Show  - 3/2/2005

Nearly 13,000 attendees shopped 819 booths and 95 permanent showrooms of the Seattle Gift Center.

Nelson Homes Custom Design Center To Open At The Homeworks Center In Jeffersonville, Ohio  - 3/2/2005

HomeWorks at Jeffersonville is a 315,000 square foot home-themed shopping center, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

New Atlanta, GA Store For Casual Furnishings Store Georgia Backyard  - 3/2/2005

To lease 17,500 square feet in the Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, GA.

Nautica Announces New Licensee For Home Décor, Table Lighting And Accessories  - 3/2/2005

New license agreement with Oriental Accent, Inc. for the manufacture and distribution of home décor, table lighting and accessories.

Haverty Furniture Reports Earnings for 2004 and February 05 Sales  - 3/2/2005

Sales for the year increased 5.3% to $784.2 million from $744.6 million in 2003.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Acquires Six Franchised Stores For $7.3 Million  - 3/2/2005

The stores were acquired from RNTL Holding, Inc., a franchisee of Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership since 1996.

Custom Home Furnishings, Wilmington, NC Opens studiorowe Gallery  - 3/1/2005

ustom Home Furnishings has dedicated 5,000 square feet within their 24,000 sq.ft. store to showcase Rowe Furniture in a lifestyle store-within-a-store setting.

Amerlux Lighting Solutions Introduces Topaz T4 Specifically For Retail Furniture Displays  - 3/1/2005

Diminutive and unobtrusive fixtures for retail furniture and accessory displays.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Opens New 50,000 Square Foot Store in Braintree  - 2/28/2005

Approximately 50 employees have been hired to staff the new store and to handle the increased capacity at the retailer’s Norton distribution center.

Meyda Lighting Upgrades Website  - 2/28/2005

User-friendly Lighting website enables visitors to see thousands of decorative lighting and decor designs.

PROFITwindows Version 11.0 To Debut At The High Point Furniture Market  - 2/28/2005

PROFITwindows is now even easier to use and contains new, powerful features to make life easier and more profitable than ever before.

Freeline International Secures Retail Distribution For Award Winning Outdoor Furniture Lines  - 2/28/2005

In Chicago, Freeline furniture will be available at Orange Skin, a well-established and regarded retailer of contemporary European furniture.

FurnitureJobs.net Reports New Site Is Achieving International Reach  - 2/28/2005

The web developers of FurnitureJobs.net a new online marketplace for furniture companies and job seekers reported that the site has achieved surprising reach outside the United States.

BDO Seidman Releases February 2005 Furniture Forecast  - 2/28/2005

With shipments higher than total new orders, backlogs dropped 7 percent from November. Backlogs were 1 percent lower than December 2003 levels.

Fresh, Contemporary Jimyko Furniture Store To Open In San Jose, CA  - 2/25/2005

Jimyko will offer a fresh and stylish approach to the contemporary home furnishing needs of South Bay residents.

Ethan Allen Repositions Itself As Major Presence In Chicago Market  - 2/25/2005

The stores feature Ethan Allen's new store design and the latest products in furniture, fabrics and decorative accessories.

Culp Third Quarter Fiscal 2005 Results - Sales Performance Declines  - 2/25/2005

Focus now on reducing costs and increasing asset utilization in U.S. upholstery fabric operations.

Sealy Helps Victory Junction Gang Camp Ready for Green Flag with Major Mattress Donation  - 2/25/2005

Racing-themed camp for children with life-threatening illnesses to be outfitted with new Sealy Posturepedics

World Market Center (Las Vegas Furniture Market) Expands International Position: Hires Yolanda Obando  - 2/25/2005

Before joining Las Vegas MarketSM, Obando served as the Director of International Services for the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) in High Point, N.C.

Furniture Sales And Lease Giant Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Earnings Up 34% for Quarter; 44% for Year  - 2/24/2005

Plans to continue to aggressively expand Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership business in 2005.

Federated Department Stores Reports Earnings Increase For 2004  - 2/24/2005

Strong year and a fourth quarter that finished at the high end of expectations despite a slow start to the holiday shopping season.

JCPenney and Chris Madden Expand "Turning Home into Haven'' Furniture & Bedding Collections  - 2/24/2005

Five new furniture groups that include entertainment centers and convertible dining collections, seven new decorative bedding ensembles, a new assortment of window treatments, rugs, wall art and decorative accessories.

IKEA Launches Recruitment Program in Atlanta To Fill 500 Positions  - 2/24/2005

Recruitment effort makes it possible to apply for a job and still have fun with family and friends.

Retailers Discover New Products At Portland Gift & Accessories Show  - 2/23/2005

Over 4,500 buyers attended the January 8-11, 2005 market with 206 new stores making this event a “must” for filling their inventory needs.

New Logistics Company To Focus On Delivery And Full Service Handling Of Furniture, Appliances And Large Household Goods  - 2/23/2005

assembled a national network of leading The company has assembled service providers with coverage through out the United States, Puerto Rico and select Canadian markets.

Industry Group Seeks Excess Inventory To Help "Furnish a Future" And Fight Homelessness  - 2/23/2005

Excess inventory, including odd pieces and casegoods needing only minor touch-up or repair will be accepted. Lamps are desperately needed. Upholstered products need to be in perfect or near perfect condition.

Trade Commission of Spain introduces Guide to Spanish Design & Interiors  - 2/22/2005

The 275-page guide presents a wide range of contemporary product designs for residential and commercial spaces with contributions from more than 75 Spanish companies.

eBay Top 10 Hot Furniture Category Searchses For February 200  - 2/22/2005

eBay reports top ten hot furniture categories, top ten user searches and top ten individual items sold.

Medya Tiffany To Introduce New Stained Glass Lighting Designs At High Point Furniture Show  - 2/22/2005

Meyda Tiffany is a leading manufacturer and designer of Tiffany lamps and decorative lighting.

New Casual, Contemporary & Floor Lamps To Be Introduced By Nova Lighting At Spring High Point Furniture Show  - 2/22/2005

Cleverly crafted combinations of mixed media, forms and intriguing looks to be introduced.

Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA) Keynote Conference Speakers Will Inspire  - 2/22/2005

Western Home Furnishings Association’s 45th Annual Managerial Conference & Tradeshow in Puerto Vallarta, carries the theme: “Be Inspired. Get Focused. See Results”.

Padma's Plantation Expands High Point Furniture Market Showroom Space  - 2/21/2005

The new space will be used to showcase the company’s growing collections.

Former Breuners Executive Scott Weiss Joins SCA  - 2/21/2005

Scott M. Weiss has joined Shoppers Charge Accounts (SCA) as vice president-risk management/compliance.

Downtown--New York's Premiere Design Event Announces New Location!  - 2/21/2005

During ICFF (May 14-15-16, 2005) is a showcase for select international design companies and product manufacturers.

ASFD Postcards From The Edge of Furniture Design  - 2/21/2005

ASFD finds an easy way for design professionals to share postcards of their Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards Program winners.

W.A.C. Lighting Promotes Sean Tham To VP of Marketing  - 2/21/2005

In his new position, Mr. Tham (see attached photo) will oversee the firm's national marketing programs and strategies to increase product distribution.

2005 NICHE Awards Winners Announced  - 2/21/2005

American and Canadian craft artists submitted nearly 1,000 entries for the 2005 competition.

La-Z-Boy Acquires Thirteen Chicago-Area Furniture Galleries Stores  - 2/21/2005

The Hammond, Indiana based store system was purchased from previous owner Chuck Forcey and the management transition was effective on Saturday, February 19.

FurnitureJobs.net is Growing Faster than Expected!  - 2/18/2005

Candidates are coming to the site looking for positions and are signing up for Free Job Seeker Accounts.

Announces Appointment of Lynda Mee as Manager of New Atlanta, GA Store  - 2/17/2005

The store will be the Swedish company's first store in the Southeast and 23rd in the U.S.

Nelson Homes Custom Design Center to open at the HomeWorks Center In Ohio Among Furniture & Home Furnishings Stores  - 2/17/2005

HomeWorks at Jeffersonville is a 315,000 square foot home-themed shopping center.

National Furniture Bank Association Appoints Executive Director  - 2/17/2005

A furniture bank is a charitable organization which collects used home furnishings and provides them to people in need.

2005 Leather Orientation Course Offered By University of Cincinnatti  - 2/17/2005

Intensive seminar provides participants with the knowledge and understanding necessary to make strategic decisions on leather choice and performance specification development/compliance.

More Space Place Recognized In Top 100 In USA And Expands With Seven New Furniture Store Openings  - 2/16/2005

Nation’s largest wall bed retailer with 28 operating units, is opening seven new locations in the first three months of 2005.

Decorators Develop Unique Organizer To Help Furniture Consumers Decorate Like Pros  - 2/16/2005

A stylish organizer that goes from home ... to the car ... to the store.

Luxury Consumers Personal Confidence Rises In Fourth Quarter But Consumers Spend Less On Home  - 2/16/2005

Doubts about the economy as a whole keep luxury consumption index flat.

Dick Idol Outdoor All Weather Wicker Collection To Be Made By Padma's Plantation  - 2/16/2005

The Dick Idol licensed products will be a part of Idol’s Urban Craftsman collection, and will feature indoor accent furniture and accessories.

Management Appointments For Georgia Backyard and American Backyard Announced  - 2/16/2005

Leading specialty retailer of casual furniture and accessories for the home, announced management appointments.

Restonic Selects GE’s ULTEM* FR Resin For New Mattress To Meet Tough Open Flame Standards  - 2/16/2005

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is also developing a new national open flame standard for mattress flammability and fire-resistant upholstered furniture.

Dedicated Career Board for the Furniture Industry Launched  - 2/15/2005

Newly created dedicated job board for the Furniture, Mattress, and Bedding industries...both Retail and Manufacturing.

Easy Consumer Furniture & Decor Tips to Design a Bedroom Retreat  - 2/15/2005

Davis Remignanti, Furniture.com’s lead design consultant, offers these easy design tips.

13th Anniversary Gift for Life Gala To Honor Raymond Waites  - 2/15/2005

amfAR will commemorate the 13th Gift for Life anniversary with a fabulous gala evening at the Copacabana, located across the street from the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

General Registration Now Open AWFS Vegas Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Show  - 2/15/2005

General registration for “AWFS®Vegas” is now open.

New Catalog For cmi, Braided Texture Area Rugs  - 2/15/2005

Leading manufacturer of a complete line of braided-texture area rugs and accessories has new catalog.

Online Customer Respect Study Rates How Large Furniture Companies Treat Consumers Online  - 2/14/2005

Some bright spots, but accross all industries, 37 percent son't respond to all web inquiries; almost half respond in unacceptable timeframe.

Retail Furnishings Association WHFA Welcomes Nine New Directors To 2005 Board Roster  - 2/14/2005

WHFA has welcomed nine new Directors to the 2005 Board roster during the Annual WHFA Membership Meeting.

Hawaiian Lomi Group Introduces Low Cost Therepeutic Massage Chair  - 2/14/2005

Priced around $1,000, new E-Motion Lounger expected to be favorite among active adults; per-square foot revenue double industry average.

Junior League of Greensboro Designer Showhouse Committee Announces Designers Selected for Inaugural Showhouse  - 2/14/2005

Area designers selected to design interior rooms and exterior landscaping for the Inaugural Designer Showhouse event to take place April 29 – May 15, 2005.

Furniture Manufacturer Dinec Judged Among Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies  - 2/14/2005

Dinec qualified for the program through its avant-garde concept of personalizing furniture and guaranteeing delivery within a brief 28 days.

Rug Manufacturer & Importer Capel To Open Las Vegas Showroom  - 2/11/2005

Capel has plans to open a showroom at the World International Furnishings Center in Las Vegas this May.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports Sales Decrease  - 2/11/2005

Sales decrease from last year was the result of lower shipments of dining room, bedroom and occasional furniture.

Select Comfort Reports 2004 Earnings up 16 Percent; Same-Store Sales Increase 16 Percent  - 2/11/2005

Plans to supplement national brand awareness campaign with comprehensive local campaigns in 34 markets.

Flexsteel Reports Net Income Decrease -Cites Material Cost Increases  - 2/11/2005

Net sales for the six months ended December 31, 2004 increase by 9.1%.

ND International Trade Announces New Service For International Furniture Component Suppliers  - 2/11/2005

New service to provide expertise and marketing services to furniture component suppliers.

ITMA Announces New Dates For Showtime Fabric Market  - 2/10/2005

Semiannual Showtime Fabric Marketmoved from July and January to June and December.

cmi Wins Fourth America’s Magnificent Carpets Award For Timeless Retreat  - 2/10/2005

All the rug entries were judged on balance, color, design, value, weave, texture, and craftsmanship/artistry.

National Geographic Home Furniture Line Debuts In Mexico  - 2/10/2005

Popular furniture line continues its international expansion.

What Are Accent Home Furnishings?  - 2/10/2005

Butler explains the functional and aesthetic properties of fine accent furniture.

First Major Bedding Retailer To Cater To Nation’s Burgeoning Hispanic Market  - 2/10/2005

Launches Spanish-language call center and website, 1-800-Su-Colchon and www.1800sucolchon.com.

World Market Center (Las Vegas Furniture Market) Hires Yolanda Obando as International Marketing & Services Manager  - 2/10/2005

In her new position, Obando will work to promote Las Vegas Market(SM)in South America and abroad to attract international buyers to the semi-annual Las Vegas Furniture Markets.

US Furniture Stores Should Post Injury/Illness Summaries Feb. 1, 2005  - 2/9/2005

Reminder to FURNITURE WORLD Magazine readers from contributing editor Dan Bolger.

Artistry Designs Hires Lawrence DiVittorio as Autumn & Holiday Product Development Specialist  - 2/9/2005

Artistry Designs expands its Harvest and Holiday Collections.

La-Z-Boy Reports Third Quarter Net Sales Increase  - 2/9/2005

The third quarter fiscal 2005 upholstery segment sales increased 2.0% from a year earlier and were up 3.5% through the first nine months of the fiscal year.

STORIS Celebrates Promotions of Culmone, DeMatteo  - 2/9/2005

STORIS Management Systems, an IBM Business partner, provides software solutions and services to Big Ticket retailers.

Thomasville Unveils New Hemingway Furniture Collection  - 2/9/2005

The collection reads almost like an anthology of the author’s works, ¬drawing inspiration from his lifestyle and adventures in Europe, Africa, Key West and Havana.

Butler Specialty Celebrates 75th Anniversary Year  - 2/9/2005

Knowing its Niche: Company Has Been Exclusively Accent Specialist Since 1930

Restonic Selects GE's ULTEM* FR Resin For New Mattress To Meet Tough Open Flame Standards While Enhancing Comfort, Resilience  - 2/9/2005

The new barrier also helps deliver “high-loft” comfort and resilience and will be featured on new Restonic mattresses to be introduced in February 2005.

FURNITURE WORLD Magazine's February/March Issue Available Now Online  - 2/9/2005

The following articles can be accessed from the latest issue on the home page of furninfo.com:

studiorowe Arrives at Turner’s Fine Furniture  - 2/8/2005

Homeowners in Tallahassee experience a new way to shop for custom upholstered furniture and receive delivery in about thirty days.

“Best New Product” award at last year’s SPOGA/GAFA Trade Fair Now Available In USA.  - 2/8/2005

Freeline International products, including the award-winning beSKWERE, are now available in North America.

Stanley Furniture Announces Operating Results - Prillaman To Retire  - 2/8/2005

Higher sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2004.

Daniel Lynch Company Coordinates 150th Ethan Allen Furniture Sale  - 2/8/2005

New store will feature an easy-to-shop, informative format, allowing their customers to quickly locate the furniture that best suits their lifestyles.

Interior Lifestyle USA to be launched in cooperation with World Market Center, Las Vegas, July 26 – 29, 2005  - 2/8/2005

New event will be held in conjunction with the first Market Week at World Market Center, Las Vegas

W.A.C. Lighting Reports 12th Consecutive Year with 20%-Plus Annual Sales Growth  - 2/8/2005

W.A.C. Lighting is a leading designer and manufacturer of track, recessed, undercabinet and monorail lighting.

Haverty Furniture Reports January Sales Figures  - 2/7/2005

January sales increased 0.9% to $66.2 million, compared with $65.6 million in January 2004.

The Bombay Company, Inc. Announces January and Fourth Quarter Results  - 2/7/2005

Inventory clearance efforts, although more challenging to margins than planned, were effective.

Decorize, Inc. Secures a $4,000,000 Line of Credit With Bank of America  - 2/7/2005

Decorize has served more than 5,000 small and large retail accounts, including national brand names.

Quixote Group Named PR Agency of Record for Pulaski Furniture  - 2/7/2005

Firm based in Greensboro, N.C., will provide strategic branding and message development, as well as media relations and event marketing.

Patio Porch & Yard. The Next Big Opportunity In Home Furnishings  - 2/4/2005

A retailers’ perspective on the outdoor living consumer marketplace is provided through the results of a research survey.

Tsunami Carpet Maker Receives Second Consecutive ADEX Award for Design Excellence and Donates Profits to Tsunami Relief Efforts  - 2/4/2005

Goran who designed and hand tufted “Tsunami” prior to the actual tsunami crisis, is donating thirty percent of each “Tsunami” carpet sold to tsunami relief efforts.

First "Barclay Butera Home" Brand Showroom Launches, in Newport Beach, CA  - 2/4/2005

Starting with his own nationally-distributed and customized upholstery line – renamed Barclay Butera Home (formerly Butera Home Furnishings) – he will eventually add his own home accessories to the mix.

PROFITsystems, Inc. Launches New Website!  - 2/4/2005

New site focuses on information and solutions for both clients and furniture industry professionals.

Urban Expositions Launches Philadelphia International Handcrafted Expo In July  - 2/4/2005

Expo to Run Concurrently with Philadelphia Gift Show

5 Ways To Achieve a Competitive Advantage In The Furniture Business  - 2/4/2005

Create a competitive advantage by creating a value perception that goes beyond your product or service.

Kathy Ireland HOME by Martin Adds Modular Collection for the Family  - 2/3/2005

Modular collection embraces function and compliments any room in the house.

Verlo Launches Proprietary IntraTouch(tm) Sleep Systems, Providing Custom Support For A Good Night's Sleep  - 2/3/2005

Introduces revolutionary sleep system is specifically designed to provide personalized support necessary for a good night's sleep.

Industry Picture Frame Leader LaMarche Consolidates Operations  - 2/2/2005

LaMarche has expanded its headquarters by adding a 50,000 square foot Building to their existing facility in Southern California.

Special Container Humidity Absorber Helps Prevent Furniture Damage During Transport  - 2/2/2005

Exposure to high humidity levels can cause swelling, ruining the wood or making it difficult to use.

Atmosphere By M.Brazil Selects Two Design Industry Heavies To Lead Its New York Sales Team  - 2/1/2005

Atmosphere by M.Brazil is a leading manufacturer and retailer of high quality and custom-designed Brazilian influenced home furnishings.

Erlund Designs Offers Functional Nascar Themed Tables  - 2/1/2005

New end tables and allow individuals to express their love for racing.

Great Priced Furniture.com Inc. To Expand its North Carolina Furniture Facilities  - 2/1/2005

A 17 acre property in Wilmington,NC near the city's Port Authority is part of a major expansion program for this online retailer.

Classic Chesterfield USA Announces High Point Showroom  - 1/31/2005

Classic Chesterfield™ USA Announces High Point Showroom Showroom to Display Australian Made Classic Leather

Futon Life Magazine Conducts Exclusive “State of the Futon Industry” Survey  - 1/31/2005

Finds in 2004, average sales per square foot jumped 25 percent to $401.25.

UFA National Convention & Trade Show - July 16-19  - 1/31/2005

The latest industry products and services will be on display, including thousands of new product introductions only at this show.

Leggett & Platt Fourth Quarter Report Shows 10% Increase In Earnings Per Share  - 1/31/2005

Record full year sales of $5.09 billion were 16% higher than in 2003, with acquisitions contributing 4% of the growth.

Mohamad Amini Appointed President Of Lacquer Craft  - 1/31/2005

Mr. Amini has been with Lacquer Craft for ten years serving in several key management positions, most recently as executive vice president.

BDO Seidman Releases January 2005 Forecast  - 1/31/2005

New orders in November 2004 increased 1 percent over November 2003 and were 1 percent higher than October 2004 orders.

'Byrd Amendment' Payments Total $285 Million in 2004; Payments Reward US Furniture Companies For Filing Trade Lawsuits  - 1/30/2005

The Byrd Amendment, formally known as the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000, requires the government to distribute antidumping and countervailing duties to U.S. companies that have petitioned the federal government for protection.

Avoiding Successful Lawsuits by Non-Performing Employees  - 1/30/2005

It is a frustrating fact that even poorly performing employees often win lawsuits for discrimination or wrongful termination.

Furniture Maker O'Sullivan Industries Holdings, Inc. Reports Increase in Net Sales, Operating Loss  - 1/28/2005

Financial performance for the balance of fiscal '05 will continue to be a challenge.

Bedding Manufacturer Tempur-Pedic International Achieves Fourth Quarter 45% Net Sales Increase  - 1/28/2005

Products now sold in 4,100 furniture retail stores in the U.S. and approximately 3,300 internationally.

American Craft Baltimore Wholesale Show in February  - 1/28/2005

Crafts include sculptural and functional objects in clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood.

AWFS Woodworking Posts Record For Exhibitor Space Levels  - 1/28/2005

AWFS® announced that they have surpassed all past exhibitor space levels for the July 27-30 show in Las Vegas.

IWPA Announces Oliver as Keynote Speaker for World of Wood 2005  - 1/28/2005

Speaker to be Rupert Oliver, Director of Forest Industries Intelligence Ltd.

Furniture Brands International Names Denise L. Ramos As Senior Vice-President, Treasurer And Chief Financial Officer  - 1/28/2005

Ms. Ramos has served since 2002 as Chief Financial Officer of the KFC division of YUM! Brands, Inc.

Larry Parnell, former President of Oakwood Interiors Passes  - 1/28/2005

He was a pillar in the furniture industry, an active member and past president of the CFMA and an expert and enthusiastic marketer of the Oakwood Interiors furniture brand.

Furniture Brands International Net Sales For Year Constant, Net Earnings Decline Slightly  - 1/27/2005

Fourth quarter sales decline. Weakness in mid -price lines and Breuners Home Furnishings Bankruptcy cited.

Brian Dennis McCarthy, PROFITSystems President, Dead At 62  - 1/27/2005

He began working at PROFITsystems in 1990 and led the company with honesty and integrity.

Shaw Living Launches New STAINMASTER(R) Area Rug Collection  - 1/26/2005

The area rugs are elegant, multi-level textured cut and loop pile construction targeted to consumers interested in both design and durability.

Celeski Studios Introduces the Elliott Bay Collection of Arts & Crafts Inspired Custom Outdoor Furniture  - 1/25/2005

The collection is targeted to upscale outdoor and traditional furniture buyers, Arts & Crafts collectors, specialty stores, designers, architects and decorators.

Pulaski Relaunches Keepsakes(tm) Brand at Tupelo Market  - 1/25/2005

Pulaski is relaunching its curio line under the Keepsakes™ brand name and introducing 11 new items at the Tupelo Market.

Capel Incorporated To Aid Tsunami Victims With Rug Sales Proceeds  - 1/25/2005

Capel Incorporated announced it will join the widespread relief efforts by donating a portion of the company's 2005 first quarter proceeds to tsunami victims.

STORIS’ Vision R8 Furniture Store Client Base Continues to Expand  - 1/24/2005

The Sofa Company, Mountain Timber Furnishings, and Country Willow, will all utilize the Vision R8 Software to streamline their operations.

Bassett Supports Elway Home Brand With National TV Ad Buy  - 1/24/2005

Elway Home commercials will run for a concentrated two-week period, through Sunday, February 6, on cable channels ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN News.

Noren Promoted To COO At Shoppers Charge Accounts  - 1/24/2005

Noren will continue to direct the company’s credit, customer service and collections areas.

World Market Center(sm) Offers Special Hotel Rates As Low As $52 Per Night For First Las Vegas Market  - 1/24/2005

ffering a wide range price points and hotel styles, Market officials are encouraging attendees to book their hotel rooms early.

W.A.C. Lighting Appoints John Camp Product Manager  - 1/23/2005

In his new position, Mr. Camp will oversee the firm's Product Research and Development and Engineering teams.

2005 Natuzzi Collection Introduced in Cologne  - 1/21/2005

The new 2005 collection presented in Cologne features three themes: Urban Feel, Casual Esprit and Vintage mood.

Enhancing the Customer Experience of the Wealthy  - 1/21/2005

Best practices report points to practices high end furniture stores should follow.

studiorowe Arrives at Furniture Warehouse Outlet  - 1/20/2005

Furniture Warehouse Outlet has dedicated 3,000 square feet within their 50,000 sq.ft. store to showcase Rowe Furniture.

Mohawk Select Gets Its Own Showroom In Atlanta  - 1/20/2005

Mohawk Select is moving into its own showroom at the Atlanta AmericasMart.

Report Published: The Furniture Sector In Italy In 2005  - 1/20/2005

This report analyses the performance of the Italian furniture sector, providing trends and forecasts.

Hanamint Corporation receives 2004 Georgia Backyard/American Backyard Manufacturer of the Year Award  - 1/20/2005

Hanamint Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high-quality casual furniture for the outdoor market.

Knorr Marketing Adds Three Retail Furniture Accounts  - 1/20/2005

They are Turk Furniture, Randall Furniture & Mattresses Klingman’s.

Ethan Allen Announces Sales and Earnings For Second Quarter  - 1/19/2005

Net delivered sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2004 increased 1.7% to $245.3 million from $241.2 million in the prior year quarter.

Divine Details “Lebanon’s First International Furniture Competition’’  - 1/19/2005

An International eveny under the direction of Professor Len Wujcik (University of Kentucky, USA) who went to Lebanon especially for this competition.

New Furniture Introduction From Kingsley-Bate For 2005  - 1/19/2005

Dealers may view these pieces at the High Point Furniture Show April 14-20, 2005

Great Lakes Chemical Corporation Phases Out Flame Retardants Used In Mattress Foams  - 1/19/2005

Same performance and fire-safety standards as the flame retardant it replaces and has a better environmental profile.

Dongguan China Fair March 2005  - 1/18/2005

200,000 sq. ms. with as many as 520 exhibitors from 10 countries.

Selamat Designs Expands Sales Representative Team  - 1/18/2005

The company is poised for significant growth through this expansion and its internal reorganization.

New Cosco Home & Office President Named  - 1/18/2005

Jeff Cartwright replaces Tom Szczurek who has left the Company to pursue other opportunities

Hooker Furniture's 2004 Net Income Up 24%  - 1/18/2005

Credit given to higher gross margins from the increased proportion of higher margin imported furniture shipments,

Mat the Basics Introduces New Collection  - 1/18/2005

Inspired from Scandinavian and European countries, the rugs are made with the best materials available.

Easy Tips to Design a Bedroom Retreat from furniture.com  - 1/17/2005

With the right planning and décor, it can become a personal sanctuary that calms, centers and energizes.

Polyurethane Foam Association Members Successfully Phase Out PentaBDE Flame Retardant Additives  - 1/17/2005

Furniture manufacturers are urged to contact a PFA manufacturing member for information on pentaBDE-free cushioning alternatives.

US Furniture Manufacturers Must Act Quickly and Boldly for Survival  - 1/17/2005

Report notes that focused strategies, combined with substantial improvements in brand management, represent the best hope of increased market share.

La-Z-Boy Names Miller VP - Process Improvement  - 1/17/2005

Miller will be responsible for coordinating a continuous process improvement discipline across the organization to drive efficiencies and best practices.

Hardwood Council Offers White Paper On Natural Materials  - 1/15/2005

The Material Matters white papers will focus on material choices and considerations faced by design-build professionals.

Massage Chair Buyer’s Guide  - 1/15/2005

Supplied by Premier line of massage chairs.

Two more Bush products designated Consumers Digest Best Buys  - 1/15/2005

The article, entitled, "That's Entertainment…Furniture," gives the Edgewood Video Base and the Tuxedo Home Entertainment Center the designation in the February 2005 issue.

Consumer Profile: Households of One  - 1/15/2005

Young people marry later, older people live longer, married couples divorce. These social trends add up to single person households overtaking large families in the US population.

Capel Introduces New Catalog For 2005  - 1/13/2005

The catalog is dedicated to J. Smith Capel, Jr., who passed away in the summer of 2003.

Industry Experts Sought as Judges for New Products at “AWFS®Vegas” “Sequoia Awards”  - 1/13/2005

Woodworking and furnishings machinery fair is expanding and refining its new product awards.

Future San Francisco Markets To Adjoin Gift Fair  - 1/13/2005

San Francisco Mart announces that it is moving its future market dates, including those for Summer 2005.

Thos. Baker Announces New Trends in Teak for Spring  - 1/13/2005

Classic meets contemporary: Stainless steel hardware and a linear aesthetic jazzes up timeless standards.

Circle Furniture Taking Lead in National Charitable Effort  - 1/12/2005

Circle Furniture has been named an inaugural retailer of the Help 1 Up program.

Ikea Named One Of Fortune’s 2005 “100 Best Companies To Work For”  - 1/12/2005

Swedish employer takes pride in creating a workplace that mirrors its corporate vision for its customers.

TLC’s “While You Were Out” Designer Appearing at HBAGC’s Midwest Home Expo  - 1/11/2005

A consumer show, the Midwest Home Expo will be held April 29 to May 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports First Quarter Results  - 1/11/2005

Results negatively impacted by deflationary pressure causing a reduction in unit selling prices.

Bassett Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2004 Earnings  - 1/11/2005

The 2004 full year earnings improvement resulted from a combination of BFD sales growth, an increased mix of imported product and improved retail performance from LRG and the Company-owned BFD stores.

Aaron's Opens 1,000th Location; Store Count Continues to Rise at Record-Breaking Pace  - 1/11/2005

The Company's milestone store is located in Swainsboro, Georgia.

Slumberland Furniture to Open Two Stores in Wichita, Kansas  - 1/10/2005

Each store is 35,000 square feet, and the west location will also have an attached warehouse space.

Flexible Foam Products Introduces New LUXURON Brand of Comfort Cushion Technology  - 1/10/2005

Foam provides improved foam cell structure n more luxurious support and enhanced spring-back resiliency.

Leasing Team Grows: Lois Richards and Michele Wayne Hired to Manage Temporary Sales  - 1/10/2005

World Market Center(sm) has already committed over 40 percent of the available temporary space to exhibitors for the July 2005 Las Vegas Furniture Market.

Stanley Furniture And Young America® Team Up With Extreme Makeover: Home Edition To Help The Dore Family  - 1/7/2005

On Sunday, Jan. 9, Stanley Furniture and Young America® will be on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

National Award for Young Furniture Designers Announced  - 1/7/2005

Qward created to honor the memories of the late Alan Friedman and Roger Schneeman, both former ASFD presidents.

Ashley Furniture Purchases 1,200,000 sq. ft. Building In Leesport, PA  - 1/7/2005

Purchase price of $26,750,000.00. Building to be used as manufacturing & distribution center hub.

A Return to Roots: Capel Incorporated Will Unveil Nine New Braid Collections January in Atlanta  - 1/7/2005

The Capel family launched its first braided rug in 1917.

Mealey's Furniture Makes Late Christmas Delivery  - 1/7/2005

For the past five years, Mealey’s Furniture has invited Delaware Valley residents to nominate a special deserving family to receive a free houseful of furniture.

Strong Mix of Tenants at SF Mart For January Show  - 1/6/2005

Broad range of products, styles and price points all conveniently located in the two San Francisco Mart buildings.

Eldred Wheeler of Hingham, MA to Host Educational Tours  - 1/6/2005

Tours will prove entertaining for anyone interested in furniture, antiques, woodworking, and the history of fine American-made furniture.

Polyurethane Foam Association Appoints Luedeka  - 1/6/2005

He is transitioning from a 27-year career at J.P. Hogan & Company where he was Senior Vice-President.

The Andrew Major Scholarship Guidelines Announced  - 1/6/2005

Mr. Major was recognized worldwide as a preeminent textile pioneer and was referred to as “The King of the Mills.”

DBF Homey Group Investment Corp organizes the 10th China International Furniture and Woodworking Machinery Exhibition  - 1/6/2005

Opportunity for international woodworking machinery enterprises and organizations to enter the vast Chinese market.

New Website Designed to Help Consumers Choose the Perfect Pillow  - 1/6/2005

The Website, officially launched on Dec. 21, 2004, allows customers to browse Tempur-Pedic’s vast pillow collection.

Haverty Furniture Reports All-Time Record Sales for December  - 1/6/2005

Havertys' December sales increased 8.4% to $78.3 million compared with $72.2 million in December 2003.

Bombay Announces December Revenue Decrease  - 1/6/2005

Late holiday shopping and a strong value focus by customers cited for adverse impact.

Sears Canada Agrees to Acquire Buying Group - Cantrex Group Inc.  - 1/6/2005

Cantrex is Canada's largest buying group representing independent merchants of furniture, appliances, electronics, photography equipment and floor coverings.

Luxury Design Trends for 2005, and Beyond  - 1/5/2005

Parity products will continue to lose their reason for being and profit margins.

Keller Manufacturing Company, Inc. Plans to Sell Furniture Operations and Seek Acquisition  - 1/5/2005

All furniture operations and assets of the Company are for sale.

Upholstery Fabric Manufacturer Culp, Inc. Announces Retirement of Howard L. Dunn  - 1/5/2005

that Howard L. Dunn, Jr., vice chairman of Culp, has retired from his management position effective December 31, 2004.

Hank's Fine Furniture, Home Place Furniture Now Offering Unique Financing Program Through Wells Fargo Financial Retail Services  - 1/5/2005

Qualifying customers can take advantage of two distinct revolving lines of credit with a dual-line Visa card.

Flexsteel Industries Expands Executive Committee  - 1/5/2005

Appointment of James E. Gilbertson and Donald D. Dreher as executive officers of the Company.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Helps with “Extreme Makeover” of New House  - 1/5/2005

Hundreds of volunteers and other businesses joined Bernie & Phyl’s in donating goods and services to make the transformation a reality.

Isothermal to Host November 12th Memorial Service Honoring Textile Giant Andrew Major  - 1/4/2005

Past owner of Mastercraft was one of the first in the textile industry to recognize the necessity of continuous modernization of facilities.

Monthly Forecaster: December 2004 Residential Furniture Industry Report From BDO Seidman  - 1/4/2005

Year-to-date, orders for furniture and related products increased 8.1 percent.

SF Mart Celebrates 90 Years    - 1/4/2005

Opening Night Party on January 26 is a 90th Anniversary celebration.

Study Gauges Shopper Confidence - Long Term Impact On Shopping Life  - 1/4/2005

"Only" 31 percent are postponing major purchases, a big improvement from one and two years ago.

New Officers Take Helm at NHFA  - 1/4/2005

Jerry Baer, Baer’s Furniture, Pompano Beach, Fla., took office January 1 as 2005 president of National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA).

Mel Martinez Resigns From La-Z-Boy Board  - 1/3/2005

After election to the US Senate from the state of Florida.