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Furniture Industry News Published in 2007

Macy's To Close Nine Underperforming Stores  - 12/31/2007

The company opened 10 new stores and one furniture gallery in 2007. In 2008, Macy’s, Inc. expects to open five stores, with an additional six to eight new locations currently planned for 2009.

Meadowcraft To Consolidate Two Manufacturing Plants  - 12/31/2007

Company says consolidation will create efficiencies and enhance its sustainability efforts by reducing energy consumption.

Herb Fisher of Fisher's of San Antonio, Dead at 97  - 12/31/2007

Furniture retailer went to work every day until he was 96.

Hellenic Celebrates 20th Anniversary  - 12/31/2007

Hellenic will introduce 150 new rugs and celebrate with THE Big Fat Greek Party in their Atlanta showroom on January 18th.

Scan Furniture Files For Bankruptcy. Judge To Approve Borrowing Plan  - 12/31/2007

Company likely to begin selling off merchandise in January to raise cash. Judge approves payment of employee salaries and will soon approve borrowing plan.

Lynch Sales Announces Website Update  - 12/31/2007

The content, streaming video and design have been updated to reflect changes taking place within the furniture industry.

Magnussen Home Launches Mixed Container Program For Smaller Dealers  - 12/28/2007

Program will enable retailers to mix containers to take advantage of increased turns with lower inventory.

Martin's Furniture in Bloomington, MN, Expands  - 12/27/2007

Minnesota based Martin's Furniture has invested nearly $800,000 to expand its Bloomington showroom and warehouse.

IKEA to build $145 Furniture Factory in Northwest Russia  - 12/27/2007

Sweden's IKEA will invest $145 million.

Menasha Wisconsin's Home Furniture Going Out of Business  - 12/27/2007

The closing of Home Furniture in Menasha does not impact stores also known as Home Furniture in Madison, Wisconsin Rapids and Plover, Wis.

Hilco Consumer Capital and Gordon Brothers Group Acquire the Intellectual Property of The Bombay Company, Inc.  - 12/24/2007

Through licensing strategies with retailers, wholesalers and franchisees, a broad-range of new consumer products will be created and marketed internationally.

GM and Navistar Reach Tentative Agreement on Medium Duty Truck Business  - 12/24/2007

The deal would leverage Navistar’s strengths in commercial trucks and engines used by furniture retailers, and advance its strategy to build scale and reduce costs. GM will continue its medium-duty truck relationship with Isuzu to market W-Series trucks through GM’s medium-duty dealer network.

World Market Center Plans Half Million Dollar Cash Give-Away  - 12/21/2007

The promotional event will include 10 daily winners who will win $5,000 each and will be selected randomly each day of market.

Herman Miller, Inc., Announces Strategic Acquisition of Brandrud Furniture, Inc.  - 12/21/2007

Brandrud is a manufacturer of healthcare furnishings, with an emphasis on seating products for patient rooms, patient treatment areas, and public spaces such as lobbies and waiting areas.

Herman Miller, Inc., Reports Record Quarterly Earnings  - 12/21/2007

Increases in sales, orders, and gross margins, coupled with a decrease in operating expenses, resulted in the highest quarterly earnings per share ever recorded by the company.

Retailer Senate Furniture Plans To Consolidate  - 12/21/2007

Retailer plans to close one store and expand another to boost profitability and ease management responsibility.

Kathy Ireland Worldwide partners with Bluworld of Water  - 12/21/2007

Line of water features made for residential homes and gardens will debut at the Las Vegas Market in January 2008.

Is Your Closing Rate Too High?  - 12/21/2007

The problem with closing percentages; they aren’t money, they’re statistics.

Tufenkian Carpets Readies Las Vegas Showroom for 2008 Opening  - 12/21/2007

Tufenkian Carpets will open a 4,627-square-foot showroom in building C of Las Vegas Design Center next year.

Schenker to Highlight Logistics Expertise at Toronto Furniture Show  - 12/21/2007

Schenker is the 2nd largest Integrated Logistics Service Provider in Canada.

Lorri Kelley Appointed Senior VP - Upholstery Wynwood Furniture Company  - 12/21/2007

Vice President - Sales gets extra responsibilities.

Pacific Market Center Features Nationally Recognized Experts  - 12/21/2007

Winter Gift and Home Accessories Show January 30-February 5, 2008 will host a group of dynamic speakers.

Traffic Guys To Host “Mission Possible” Traffic Building Superconference For HF Retailers  - 12/20/2007

Traffic Building Superconference on May 16-17th In Atlanta, Georgia will focus on helping home furnishings retailers to bring paying customers into their stores.

Raleigh Furniture Store Sustains Fire Damage  - 12/18/2007

Fire at Schumacher's By Design put out quickly. Furniture inside charred.

"Dutch Design" prominently shown at IMM in Cologne, Germany January 14-20, 2008  - 12/18/2007

The Dutch Design concept will be showcased in various pavilions tailored to different segments attending imm-cologne consisting of furniture dealers, manufacturers and design professionals.

TradeBeam Expands Relationship With Global Link Logistics  - 12/18/2007

Expansion will bring additional functionality to Global Link’s online tracking and supply chain visibility services, filling the gap between buyer's purchase order and shipment manifest.

Help1Up Appeals To Furniture Industry: Help 250,000 Children In Desperate Need Of Furniture  - 12/18/2007

Financial support for the furniture industry’s unified charitable (Furniture Bank) effort, Help1Up, is greatly needed before the end of the year.

Biermann and Denton Join Comfort Solutions  - 12/18/2007

Veteran executives join Comfort Solutions by King Koil in VP Sales Positions

aspenhome® Employees Raise Money For Breast Cancer  - 12/18/2007

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk to help fight breast cancer and provide hope to people facing the disease.

Furniture Man Mort Tenenbaum Is Dead At 79  - 12/18/2007

Throughout his 60 year career, Mort worked at retail for Macy's, then as a manufacturer and later as a sales representative for leather producer Natuzzi.

Rooms To Go Plans Houston Area Distribution Center  - 12/17/2007

Plans to employ over 300 in planned Houston store and 300 to 500 in huge distribution center.

Lynch Sales Hires Don Ashford As Senior Sales Coordinator  - 12/17/2007

He will be in charge of implementing Sales Events for better stores throughout the United States and Canada.

AHFA Presents Environmental & Safety Awards  - 12/17/2007

Recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award was Joe Riddle of Bernhardt. The Wayne Bumgardner Safety Leadership Award went to Donna Musik of Hickory Chair.

Sleep Country USA To Open Washington Location on the Day After Christmas  - 12/17/2007

Aggressive expansion in existing and new communities throughout both Washington and Oregon results in ten additional locations for 2007.

Housewares Design Awards Includes Best Furniture Products  - 12/17/2007

Sixty-five finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges who looked for superior design, appearance, function and originality in making their selection.

Hooker Furniture Recalls Bunk Beds  - 12/14/2007

Voluntary recall due to possible strangulation hazzard. No injuries were reported.

Gautier Signs Deal To Open Stores In India  - 12/14/2007

Ebony-Gautier stores will have a specialty retailing format selling contemporary furniture in 20,000-40,000 square feet.

Founder of Montalbano Majestic, Thomas Montalbano Sr., Dead at 96  - 12/12/2007

Founder of Chicago based furniture manufacturer Montalbano Majestic International had a matchless work ethic and "a smile that could light up the world".

Myriad Schedules 14th Annual Users Conference  - 12/12/2007

Conference Theme, “Evolving,” will address changes in the home furnishings industry.

Canwood & Dakota Forge Marketing Alliance  - 12/12/2007

Alliance will afford notable synergies in all phases of marketing, product development and sourcing.

Brave New World Seminar Series Scheduled For January Las Vegas Market  - 12/12/2007

Seminar series will help retailers to evolve into a more environmentally friendly model of doing business.

American Leather Receives the Dallas One Hundred Award  - 12/12/2007

The Dallas 100 Award is given each year to Dallas-based, independent, privately held companies exhibiting the greatest increase in earnings.

Remove the Communication Quills That Slowly Kill Your Furniture Operation  - 12/11/2007

Poor communication creates suspicion between departments and resentment among co-workers. It’s a prickly situation that can quickly flat line profits and kill morale.

Shermag Closes More Plants. Latest In Series Of Cost Cutting Measures  - 12/11/2007

The closure will leave Shermag with 750 employees. In 2004, it had 2,400 workers.

PROFITsystems Acquires EasyChair Software  - 12/10/2007

The new entity is poised to improve customer service levels for all clients and to reduce operating costs while growing sales.

New “Forecast Series” Planned for January Las Vegas Market  - 12/10/2007

Renowned style experts will unveil the latest in color, the influence of fashion and fabric, as well as the hottest industry trends for the year ahead.

High Point Pre-Market Event Expanding  - 12/7/2007

Brian Casey says that High Point March pre-market affords opportunity for competitive advantage in uncertain times.

Furniture Superstore Inc., of Kent, WA To Cease Operations  - 12/7/2007

Remaining 38,000-square-foot store closing due to difficult business conditions.

Wireless Device Introduced To Monitor Furniture Inventory Temp and Humidity  - 12/7/2007

Device can be monitored in real-time from a desktop PC or other computer workstation and totally eliminate the delays for data downloading.

MFA Presents Awards For Best Retailer, Manufacturer & Rep  - 12/7/2007

William Schafer of Ashley Furniture Home Stores, Charles (Chuck) Cuccia from Thomasville Furniture Industries, John Koziel of Flemington Department Store, Paul Massood of Basset Direct Furniture and Thomas Leflein are all honored.

Irish Bedding Company To Unveil 7 Sleep Spa Beds In Las Vegas  - 12/7/2007

The Sleep Spa line-up includes: three visco mattresses with a new patented air-cooling technology; gel; air; and natural, made of pure Talalay latex.

Sleep Country USA's Annual Coat Drive Donations Increase 29%  - 12/7/2007

Now the company is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts to help the area’s 26,000 foster children.

Martin's Wood Products Introduces Several Collections  - 12/7/2007

Collections designed to appeal to consumers who may be shifting away from the traditional look toward smooth, clean lines.

Havertys Reports November Sales Decline  - 12/6/2007

November sales decreased 10.7% on a comparable store basis. Housing weakness cited.

Levitz GOB Underway at 76 Locations  - 12/6/2007

List of stores that have ongoing GOB sales with advertised 20-50% discounts.

Hooker Reports Higher Profits on Lower Sales  - 12/6/2007

Based on actual third quarter shipping days, average daily net sales declined 9.4% on a per day basis while net income rose 67.2%.

Carls Furniture Hosts Reception For Runway Designer Nicole Miller  - 12/6/2007

The VIP event attracted 300 enthusiastic design aficionados eager to meet Ms. Miller and view her comprehensive furniture collection produced by Excelsior Designs.

Ameriwood Units Recalled After Child Killed  - 12/6/2007

138,000 entertainment units recalled after collapse that killed a 19-month old child.

Walker and Christie Join Rugmark  - 12/6/2007

Scott Welker has joined RugMark as Director, Business Development and Michael Christie will provide business development consulting services.

MOTIF Modern Living Nominated for Rising Star Retailer  - 12/6/2007

Winners ARTS Awards will be announced on January 19, 2008, at a gala affair during the Dallas Market.

AmericasMart® Atlanta Announces AMU Education Seminars  - 12/6/2007

AMU participants are eligible to earn an AmericasMart MBA—awarded to those who complete all AMU curriculum requirements.

Slumberland Donates 1,800 Sleep Sets  - 12/6/2007

Slumberland, in conjunction with several industry partners, is donating approximately 1,800 mattresses, box springs, bed frames, pillows and blankets to major charities throughout the Midwest.

Should You Give Out Spot Rewards To Employees?  - 12/6/2007

Consistency means treating all employees equally. Fairness means treating each employee appropriately, and individually, based on the circumstances and contribution of that employee.

Sofa Express and More Executives Confirm Store Closings, Bankruptcy  - 12/6/2007

Furniture Retailer files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection and announces that it will close the remainder of its 41 stores.

Dutailier Launches Improved Website  - 12/6/2007

Leader in gliding chairs announced the launch of an improved high-tech version of its Web site.

The American Craft Council to Present 25 Searchlight Artists at The American Craft Show in Baltimore  - 12/6/2007

They will join more than 800 professional craft artists who will present their high-quality, handmade furniture, home décor, jewlery, clothing and more.

Sixth Annual Charity Gala to Raise Funds for the Homeless In NYC  - 12/6/2007

Metropolitan Home and the New York Design Center announced that the sixth annual Design Cares charity auction and holiday cocktail party will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 11, 2007.

Consolidated Mercantile Incorporated Sells Interest in Distinctive Designs Furniture Inc.  - 12/5/2007

Interest sold to other major shareholder.

Furnitalia Opens Sacramento Showroom  - 12/5/2007

Upscale retailer's showroom features upscale Italian-made, contemporary furniture designs.

Kane Carpet to Host Expansion Celebration  - 12/5/2007

Event immediately follows the January Atlanta Rug Market and marks the 150% expansion of its headquarters and distribution center.

Las Vegas Announces MGM Temporary Exhibit Sections  - 12/5/2007

Filling the newly completed 90,000 square foot MGM Pavilion will be the three juried show sections of Las Vegas Market.

PFP Names Former Retailer Andrew Winans, Regional Manager  - 12/5/2007

Andrew Winans joins Planned Furniture Promotions as one of the company's regional managers, focusing on promotions located in the western United States.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Announces Store Closings  - 12/4/2007

The nation's largest rent-to-own operator plans to close 280 stores in the next 90 days.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 12/4/2007

Recap of retail business conditions, the latest consumer confidence studies and economic indicators for the furniture industry.

FBI Closes Ten Additional Stores  - 12/4/2007

Ten Thomasville and Lane stores in Arizona, Texas and California to be shut down.

Sterling Industries Expands Dallas WTC Showroom  - 12/4/2007

Supplier of home accessories, accent furniture, lighting and mirrors to open 10,000 sq. ft. showroom for the January show.

Morrison Hired As Executive VP for GMAC Commercial Finance  - 12/4/2007

In his new role, Don Morrison will be responsible for leading the development and launch of new products such as a new receivables management services product.

Name Change Transfoms Foreign Accents Into Newly Expanded Cathers Home  - 12/3/2007

Colorado retailer adds 3,000 square feet of new retail space, next door to their current design studio, and rug gallery.

Wentworth Furniture To Move From Florida To High Point, NC  - 12/3/2007

High end furniture manufacturer has purchased an 18,000 square foot building and will begin operations in May or June 2008.

Retail Recruiter Urges Retailers To Implement Cross Training For Merchandisers  - 12/3/2007

Suggestions include having new executives work close to the customer, offering higher salaries and some common sense managment techniques.

Design Legend Vladimir Kagan at Las Vegas Market on January 31  - 12/3/2007

Kagan will kick off the new “Design Icon” lecture series at Las Vegas Design Center on the 16th floor of Building B on the World Market Center campus.

Tips For Reaching Baby Boomers Via TV and Online  - 12/3/2007

Go for more mature spokespersons and really do your homework to determine how your products and services help Boomers.

Mattress Firm Makes Changes To Executive Team  - 11/30/2007

Continued growth prompts changes at VP Marketing, VP Merchandising and VP Emerging Markets jobs.

Voluntary Environmental and Performance Standards for Flexible Polyurethane Foam to Be Launched  - 11/30/2007

Initiative by U.S. flexible polyurethane foam manufacturers will aid consumer confidence in foam safety and performance used in furniture & bedding.

Levitz's Fate Sealed  - 11/30/2007

Ashley and Raymour snap up locations. GOB promotions to begin soon.

QuickBooks Point of Sale Software Announces Added Features  - 11/30/2007

Off the shelf software package targed to smaller retailers gets more features, better integration.

Conn's Revenues Increase But Net Income Drops 43.8%  - 11/30/2007

Decline due to a non-cash decrease in the fair value of the Company's interests in securitized assets. Same store sales for third quater increased 6.8%.

City of Hope Breaks Ground On Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center  - 11/30/2007

Amini, an active member of City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry chapter contributed $6 million to fund construction of the facility.

Outlast Introduces Comfort Ratings for Bedding in North America  - 11/30/2007

Outlast product has the ability to buffer temperature swings so that people will not feel too hot or too cold throughout the night.

Ethan Allen Selects STORIS’ Vision R8  - 11/28/2007

Ethan Allen has selected STORIS’ Vision R8 Retail Management Solution as Ethan Allen’s retail platform of the future.

Arizona Mattress Retailer Gives Away 150 Sleep Sets  - 11/28/2007

Sleep America with 44 locations received more than 1,000 entries for giveaway to underprivileged Arizona residents.

Canadian Home Furnishings Market Announces January Show Events  - 11/28/2007

400 Canadian and international manufacturers, distributors and exhibitors featured in more than 70 permanent and outside showrooms, will launch their new products for 2008.

Trends Display At TCHFM Boasts New Format  - 11/28/2007

Visitors to The Canadian Home Furnishings Market's Trends Display will get the impression that they’ve just walked into a real store.

Five Steps to Build Management Credibility  - 11/28/2007

The greatest temptation furniture executives face today is a desire to appear a “Superman” to their followers; perceived as perfect, flawless, impenetrable, and invincible.

American Craft Council Names Andrew Glasgow Acting Executive Director  - 11/28/2007

Mr. Glasgow has been a leader in the craft field for nearly 20 years, most recently Executive Director of The Furniture Society, Ashville, NC.

Eon Introduces Adirondack Collection For Outdoor Furnishings  - 11/28/2007

Eon is 100% highly-engineered polymer that looks and feels 100% like real wood.

MGM Transport Names Tennen North East Regional Sales Manager  - 11/27/2007

Larry Tennen comes to MGM with an extensive backround as a furniture retailer and manufacturer's representative.

Ashley Retailer Offers $100,000 Reward In Shooting  - 11/27/2007

Looking for killer of Ashley store manager shot while making nightly bank deposit.

Restoration Hardware Says It Is Encouraged By Sears' Current Offer  - 11/27/2007

Sears has been asked to sign a confidentiality and standstill agreement in bid to purchase remainder of the home-goods company.

Cologne Fair Addresses Global Sourcing At Show And Impact Of Weak Dollar  - 11/27/2007

Koelnmesse is promoting its January 2008 show to U.S. designers and architects, as well as organizing many concurrent events and exhibits designed to influence international furniture designs and styles.

Pittsburgh Contemporary Specialist PerLora Launches Metropolitan Home Gallery  - 11/27/2007

Retailer hosts sold-out events and seminar. Money raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Gary Lasar Elected President Of MFA For 2008  - 11/27/2007

Officers will be sworn in at the Metropolitan Furniture Association's annual Awards Banquet to be held on December 4th in Cedar Grove, NJ.

Capel, Incorporated Promotes Bruce Hric to President and CEO  - 11/27/2007

Mr. Hric has served as interim President and CEO for Capel for the last 14 months.

Shermag CEO Casselman Resigns  - 11/26/2007

Jeffrey Casselman has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective immediately.

PROFITsystems Debuts PROFITon-demand to Furniture Trade  - 11/26/2007

Hosting environment is designed to be more affordable and hassle-free, compared with traditional methods.

PROFITsystems Freight Program Hits $2 million Mark in Retailer Savings  - 11/26/2007

Program manages all aspects of freight logistics for participating retailers.

Largest Singapore Contingent To Show At imm Cologne  - 11/26/2007

Singapore furniture companies will more than double their presence at the upcoming imm Cologne show.

SolaraHome To Debut Home Seating Collections In Las Vegas  - 11/26/2007

Established player in the pro Audio Video Accessories distribution channel enters residential furniture market with Mistral Collection.

Holiday Online Spending For Furniture Rises  - 11/26/2007

Online purchases for the first three weeks of November (furniture, appliances, equipment) rise 36%.

HOM Furniture To Open 44,000 sq. ft. Showroom in St. Cloud, MN  - 11/26/2007

Fast growing retailer is scheduled to open during the 1st quarter of 2008.

Wickes Furniture Company Expands In Chicago Area  - 11/21/2007

40,000-square-foot showroom will be the venue for the introduction of a line of beautiful and functional furniture for smaller spaces.

Becker Furniture World Home Center Organizations Honored for Integrity  - 11/21/2007

BBB Integrity Award presented to largest furniture store in Minnesota.

Antidote For A Downturn  - 11/21/2007

The least recognized source of waste is the hidden cost added by complexity. It’s hidden because no accounting systems identify its causes until too late.

ViewIT Technologies To Host Las Vegas Market Seminar  - 11/21/2007

Kelli Ellis of TLC, HGTV will speak on using your "Design Center" to attract, relax and inspire customers.

STORIS Releases Enhanced CRM Product For Furniture Retailers  - 11/20/2007

Advanced centralized information center systematically tracks sales activity with ease, and allows for more effective customer follow-up.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports 4th Quarter Sales Increase  - 11/20/2007

Opening of Ashley Furniture HomeStore expected to add significant revenues and profitability in fiscal 2008.

International Sleep Products Association Hosts Successful Conference  - 11/20/2007

Sampling of speaker presentations and selected slides from the 2007 ISPA Industry Conference are now available online.

American Down and Feather Council Takes Issue With "Synthetic Down" Designation  - 11/20/2007

ADFC also objects to the terms "loft" and "fill power" as used to describe synthetic upholstered and bedding filling materials.

Las Vegas Furniture WMC Showrooms To Open During CES  - 11/16/2007

More than a dozen WMC furniture showrooms will be participate in the during the two-day Consumer Electronics Show.

Sales & Net Income Rise At Leon's Furniture  - 11/16/2007

All regions had increased sales in the quarter with Western Canada showing the most improvement.

CreditStar Consumer Finance Software Introduces Interest Up-Rate Feature  - 11/16/2007

Feature allows the software to automatically increase interest on furniture store accounts that become delinquent.

Furniture Testing Facility Opens In The UK  - 11/16/2007

Furniture and floorcoverings laboratory has been created at SATRA, making the technology centre the largest furniture and floorcoverings testing facility in the UK.

Simmons CEO Assumes Chairmanship Of ISPA  - 11/16/2007

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles R. Eitel of the Simmons Bedding Company assumed chairmanship of the International Sleep Products Association Board of Trustees.

Global Link Logistics Expands FLEX Service To Midwest  - 11/16/2007

FLEX, an acronym for Furniture Less than container EXpress, was created to provide North American furniture retailers and importers with more cost-effective shipping options.

Verlo Mattress Factory Store debuts in Texas  - 11/16/2007

The Beaumont location is 7,000 square feet, with approximately one-third dedicated to showroom space and the balance used for warehouse and on-site production.

Study Finds Luxury Consumers Use Social Networking Sites  - 11/16/2007

Over 40 percent of luxury consumers visited a social networking site, such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, etc. in the past three months.

Natuzzi "America's" Net Sales Decrease By 19% For Quarter  - 11/15/2007

Unfavorable level of the Euro and the sluggish US economy are blamed for the drop.

Kurt Darrow Named Chairman AHFA  - 11/14/2007

Bruce Bradburn, CEO of the Bradburn Gallery, Atlanta, has moved to first vice chairman. John Bray, CEO of Vanguard Furniture Company, Hickory, N.C., was elected second vice chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

Donald D. Dreher Receives AHFA Distinguished Service Award  - 11/14/2007

President, CEO and chairman of DMI Furniture names Dreher an “Industry Problem Solver.”

La-Z-Boy Reports 12% Net Sales Decrease For Quarter  - 11/14/2007

The company posted an after-tax loss of $9.9 million, or $0.19 per share. Casegoods were hardest hit.

Simmons Reports Third Quarter Net Sales Increase of 20.1%  - 11/14/2007

Company says its year-to-date sales growth has been driven principally by effective marketing and a decision to be competitive at a broad range of retail price points.

Furniture Store Sales Dip .9% In October  - 11/14/2007

This decline followed a 1.3 percent drop in September.

American Home Furnishings Alliance Unveils Eco Label Program  - 11/14/2007

Program guides companies through measurable steps to reduce their environmental footprint at the manufacturing level and throughout their entire supply chain.

Sleep Country USA Offers Side-By-Side Comparison of Tempur-Pedic & Sleep Number Beds  - 11/14/2007

Comfort challenge program developed in response to consumer demand for these two high-quality mattress brands.

Chromecraft Revington Sales Dip 20%  - 11/13/2007

Company says residential furniture shipments were lower due to a weak retail environment, competitive pressure from imports and the impact of restructuring the Company.

Denver Mattress Launches Charitable "Operation Rest Assured"  - 11/13/2007

Gives $20 for each mattress sold to the Salvation Army.

Shermag Quarterly Loss Deepens  - 11/13/2007

Shermag reviews operations in light of unfavorable currency exchange and lower sales.

High Point Showrooms To Be Open To Interior Designers During Showtime Event  - 11/13/2007

Dozens of furniture and accessory showrooms in High Point will be open and staffed for an extra day in December to accommodate Showtime guests.

PROFITsystems Promotes Parlin within First Year of Service  - 11/12/2007

Parlin’s responsibilities include retail client communications, marketing and education of best retail practices.

Retailers Seek To Reduce Management Turnover With Compensation & Benefits  - 11/12/2007

Store managers working shorter hours, getting more performance bonuses, comp time & employee discounts.

DJM Realty Hired To Dispose of 335 Bombay Retail Store Leases  - 11/12/2007

The engagement of DJM Realty anticipates an auction on these properties in mid-December 2007.

A.P. Industries Completes Website Update  - 11/12/2007

Site now offers advanced search options by item, life stage or collection.

Furniture Salesman Foils Robber  - 11/9/2007

Furniture salesperson hits his assailant over the head with a chair.

1800mattress.com Reestablishes Direct Mattress Sales In Southern California  - 11/9/2007

Action follows the Chapter 11 filing of its local franchise, Mattress Gallery.

Sleep Country USA Opens Three Stores In Washington State  - 11/9/2007

Premium mattress seller with over 60 stores in the northwestern US opens stores in Marysville, Chehalis and Sequim.

Henredon Launches Custom Furniture Division  - 11/8/2007

Bespoke's custom capabilities will provide an array of designer-friendly choices and options expanding Henredon's portfolio far beyond its current offerings.

Lane and GE Money Announce Consumer Financing Agreement  - 11/8/2007

Program offers discount and loyalty programs, since over half of Lane's customers use the Lane credit program for repeat purchases.

Concerned About Levitz Again? Message Board Has Answers & Questions  - 11/8/2007

Furninfo.com message board posting activity is starting up again in response to the latest Levitz news.

Outback Chair Company Names Kristen Bechtold as National Account Executive  - 11/8/2007

Prior to joining Outback Chair, Bechtold was national sales manager for Artifacts International, manufacturer of elegant furniture.

Magnussen Appoints Kay Canada VP Sales  - 11/8/2007

Kay Canada has been named vice president of sales, Western U.S., Mexico and International for Magnussen Home Furnishings, Inc.

NHFA Names Help1Up As "Charity of Choice"  - 11/8/2007

Help1Up is the free, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly service made available by the National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA), representing over three dozen furniture banks across America.

Levitz Furniture Files for Protection Under Chapter 11 Again  - 11/8/2007

The company previously filed for bankruptcy back in October 2005.

E-Learning for Sales Training Proves Effective At Cort Furniture & RoomStore  - 11/7/2007

RoomStore & Cort each have over 400 sales associates enrolled in online training.

Britt Beemer Projects Christmas Spending to Rise Only 2% in 2007  - 11/7/2007

Beemer says that gift cards will continue to reign supreme. Of the 72.5% of consumers who gave gift cards last year, 81.2% will give more this year, while only 12.1% will give fewer.

Mathis Brothers Furniture Upgrades to STORIS’ Vision R8  - 11/7/2007

In addition to Vision R8’s enhancements, Mathis will take advantage of several Vision R8 companion products including: Data Warehouse, Advanced Warehouse Management and eSTORIS’ Internet based Shopping Cart.

High Point Market Authority Announces Travel & Hotel Discounts For Spring Market  - 11/7/2007

Thirty-six Hotels, as well as airline and rental car companies will offer discounts to Market attendees at the Spring Market which will be held April 7 through 13, 2008.

Furniture Buying Index Drops Another Three Points  - 11/7/2007

Britt Beemer says that furniture retailers will need to offer bigger discounts and greater savings this Fall selling season to hit last year's sales figures.

Furniture Manufacturer Monarch Specialties Hires Jean Melançon, Marketing Manager  - 11/7/2007

Mr. Melançon will oversee the company’s image through branding and advertising and will launch a newly designed website in time for the Canadian Home Furnishing Market.

Memorial Celebrations To Be Held For "GIORGIO" Alan Meadoff In NY and NC  - 11/7/2007

Founder of Giorgio, an innovative collection of contemporary home furnishings recently passed away at 64.

Furniture Radio/ TV Commercial Specialist ACA Selected to Produce NFL Superbowl Videos  - 11/7/2007

Known for producing furniture commercials, ACA has been selected for the second year in a row to produce the NFL Player-Of-The-Year Awards video presentations.

Claire Coleman Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award By IFDA  - 11/7/2007

Six others to receive IFDA “Circle of Excellence” Award that recognizes talent and accomplishments within the design and furnishing community.

Clear Thinking Group Forecasts Slow General Retail Growth & Tough Year for Home Furnishings  - 11/7/2007

Company predicts that retailers that provide great gift values, service and convenience will do well this holiday season.

Bradley Joins FBI as President of the Designer Group of Businesses  - 11/6/2007

Mr. Bradley will be responsible for the Henredon, Maitland-Smith, Laneventure, Hickory Chair and Pearson businesses.

Ashley Furniture Store Destroyed By Fire  - 11/6/2007

Cause of the Ashley Furniture Homestore fire in Ashville is under investigation.

FBI To Close Eight Broyhill and Lane Stores  - 11/6/2007

The store closing process, part of their recently announced strategic plan, will begin immediately and is expected to conclude by year end.

STORIS Introduces Executive Vision  - 11/5/2007

Executive Vision configures business information to furniture retailers within graphically enhanced displays such as odometers, gauges, and graphs, using portal and docking technology.

SolaraHome Debuts Home Theater and Motion Seating Retail Division  - 11/5/2007

Custom-installed theater seating manufacturer debuts residential unit.

Wickes Furniture Company Expanding In Las Vegas Area  - 11/5/2007

The 40,000-square-foot showroom in Henderson, Nevada plans a grand opening celebration in November.

Illinois Chapter of the ASID Announces Design Scholorship Winners  - 11/5/2007

Each of the full-time design students received $1,000 to offset fees for tuition, books and supplies.

ITMA Announces Winter Showtime™ Schedule  - 11/5/2007

The International Textile Market Association will host its semiannual Showtime™ fabric market in December.

Portland Gift & Accessories Show Pre-Show Report  - 11/5/2007

January show at the Oregon Convention Center will will feature a variety of giftware & decorative accessories.

Las Vegas Market to Highlight Sustainable Products Educational Series  - 11/2/2007

Education Series calls for an “expression of interest” from forward-thinking retailers who are interested in stepping up to take a leadership position in education about sustainable home furnishings.

Kathy Ireland Home by Omnia Furniture Announces Expansion  - 11/2/2007

Domestic leather furniture manufacturer moves into new corporate headquarters. Adds 45,000 square feet.

Start Setting NO-Goals Today, See Amazing Results Tomorrow!  - 11/2/2007

Stop setting goals for number of sales you intend to close and dollars you want to generate, and start setting goals for the specific number of times customers say “no” to you.

IPSA & World Market Center Las Vegas Create "Recharging Center"  - 11/2/2007

The Center will enable journalists to book a nap on their choice of sleep surface and be briefed by experts on sleep and performance during their visit to the 2,600-square-foot center in Building B on the World Market Center campus.

Haverty Furniture Reports October Sales Decrease  - 11/2/2007

Havertys' October sales decreased 1.6% to $62.4 million, compared with $63.5 million in October 2006. On a comparable-store basis.

Catherine Bur-Hall Named Senior VP Select Comfort  - 11/2/2007

Ms. Bur-Hall who has extensive experience in advertising ad marketing joins the company at a pivotal time in the evolution of the Sleep Number brand.

Tom Leflein Receives 2007 Howard Liveright Memorial Award  - 11/2/2007

Mr. Leflein singled out for his initiative and dedication to service in the home furnishings industry, especially within the GNYHFA and MFA.

Arhaus Furniture Promotes Line Of Upscale Dog Furniture  - 11/2/2007

Upscale lifestyle retailer hopes to capitalize on fact that eight out of ten dog owners and 63 percent of cat owners buy gifts for their pet.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 11/2/2007

Residential new orders, shipments and furniture backlogs lower for August 2008. Consumer confidence falls in October.

Norwalk Furniture Announces Hiring Of Two "Retail" Team Members  - 11/1/2007

Stephanie Voss and Abby Hawke are charged with building the retail brand and bringing a compelling merchandise assortment to 59 franchise stores.

ASEAN Establishes Major Furniture Trade Show Circuit  - 11/1/2007

Organisers of International Furniture & Craft Fair Indonesia, Malaysian International Furniture Fair, the Philippine International Furniture Show, Cebu-X and the International Furniture Fair Singapore plan joint marketing program.

Barclay Butera Donates $31,000 To Children's Action Network At LA Event  - 11/1/2007

Celebrating the 4th anniversary of the designer’s Los Angeles showroom, ELLE DECOR magazine sponsored the event.

New Jersey Furniture Store Owner Indicted For Fraud  - 11/1/2007

Internet furniture retailer charged with receiving $350,000 in customer payments without delivering merchandise.

Furniture Brands International Reports Net Sales Decrease For 3rd Quarter  - 11/1/2007

Company posts net loss for first nine months of 2007 of $5.0 million compared with net earnings of $53.0 million in the first nine months of 2006.

Ethan Allen Hires VP Finanance & Treasurer  - 10/30/2007

David Callen has served in a number of public enterprises involved in global manufacturing and marketing.

Leda Furniture Participates in Reach for the Rainbow Charity Auction Gala  - 10/30/2007

The Crystal Ball event benefits programs dedicated to developing integrated opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Same Store Revenue Decline  - 10/30/2007

Total revenues increased $122.5 million primarily due to Rent-Way acquisition, while sames store sales decreased 1.8%.

Source Global Launches Creative Sourcing Center In High Point  - 10/30/2007

New business model connects producers worldwide with product designers, manufacturers, distributors, interior designers and contract specifiers.

Homefires Expands In The Gift & Home Décor Market  - 10/30/2007

I addition to enlarging domestic showrooms, Homefires™ will exhibit at the Birmingham Spring Fair in the UK and Maison & Objet in Paris, France.

Prophesy Launches FurnitureTrans™ A Complete Furniture Delivery Software Program  - 10/29/2007

The software provides real-time order information, seamless integration with existing software, and the opportunity to plan and then re-plan the way shipments go out.

Margaret Casey Joins World Market Center as Programming Director  - 10/29/2007

Casey has been hired to develop new initiatives and focused educational programs for the semi-annual Las Vegas Markets.

Design Experts Discuss Interior Trends 2008  - 10/26/2007

Results published in the book, "Interior Trends 2008", a tool for designers and manufacturers, available at the next imm cologne, January 14-20, 2008.

HFIA Plans Joins With R&A Marketing For November Retail Seminar In Ohio  - 10/25/2007

Six powerful educational sessions are planned for independent retailers. The sole purpose is to light the future path for independent furniture retailers.

Patios Plus Honored with Prestigious Apollo Award  - 10/25/2007

Patios Plus, a leading retailer of casual furnishings and accessories named the top retailer internationally in the multi-store category for the first time.

Schou USA Funds Borneo Learning Centre  - 10/25/2007

Danish Home Furnishings supplier finances Learning Centre to create better living conditions for plantation children whose families live and work on Indonesian timber plantations.

Scozzafa of Furniture Brands International Unveils Strategic Plan  - 10/24/2007

FBI plans to sharpen their multi-channel sales network to put the right mix of product into multibrand mass retailers, dedicated single-brand stores, and through the designer community.

The Bombay Company Receives Court Approval to Sell Bombay Furniture Company of Canada  - 10/24/2007

50-store subsidiary sold to Benix Inc. Stores will continue to be operated in-place and under the Bombay brand.

Sheryl Saxon Joins Groovystuff As Sustainability Officer  - 10/24/2007

Among her responsibilities will be supervising the chain of custody on all Groovystuff products for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) compliance.

Bon-Ton’s Newest High-End Furniture Gallery Uses Cory Home Delivery and Warehouse On Wheels System  - 10/24/2007

Delivery solution allows retailer to use non-CDL delivery drivers and to service outlying markets up to 300 miles away from a distribution center.

Rugmark To Attend Western Interiors Design + Home Show  - 10/24/2007

Organization hopes to educate design professionals and consumers about the prevalence of child labor in South Asia’s carpet industry.

Latin American Furniture Trade Show to be Held in Southern Brazil  - 10/24/2007

The organizers of the MOVELSUL BRASIL furniture fair announced that the next show will take place from March 24 to 28, 2008.

Seven Ethan Allen Home Interiors Stores Run Sales Events  - 10/24/2007

Retailers hope to offset generally slow business conditions by holding storewide sales events.

Ethan Allen Posts First Quarter Sales & Earnings Increase  - 10/24/2007

17 Company-owned design centers opened since September 2006. Company continues to implement project management initiative, including related investments in recruiting and training programs.

Hooker Furniture to Purchase Youth Bedroom Specialist  - 10/24/2007

Acquisition will allow Hooker Furniture to build a strong youth bedroom program at more moderate price points, with a more comprehensive product line and with superior sourcing.

WMC To Host Seminar On The Importance of Building (or Remodeling) Green  - 10/24/2007

Charlie Popeck will cover the importance of green building, the benefits of building green and different categories of LEED® for homes.

Vaughan-Bassett Recognized For Injury Free Workplace  - 10/24/2007

Company achieves more than one million hours of safety through the establishment of an injury-free furniture manufacturing culture.

RoomStore to Open Super-Sized Showroom of Worldwide Furniture  - 10/23/2007

120,000 square foot Houston showroom will offer a spectacular variety of furniture, rugs and accessories from all around the globe.

Ethan Allen Interiors & GE Money Extend Consumer Finance Program  - 10/23/2007

The Ethan Allen Finance Plus Card, issued by GE Money’s Sales Finance unit, enables consumers to choose from a menu of financing options that best fit their monthly budget and purchasing needs.

Furniture Row Companies Adds Location In Indiana  - 10/23/2007

Furniture Row® Companies are expanding their presence in Indiana with the construction of a new Furniture Row Shopping Center.

Death by Assumption: Why Great Planning Strategies Fail  - 10/23/2007

The absence of “assumption management” is a common cause of the death of many strategic retail plans.

The Wrangler Home Brand Launches Website  - 10/23/2007

The company says that the website is designed to be an interactive starting point for consumers looking for decorating ideas.

American Leather Hires Kevin McGuinness As Exec VP  - 10/22/2007

McGuinness will help lead the sales, marketing, hospitality and customer service functions within the company.

Logic vs. Emotions In Selling Furniture: A Socratic Dialogue  - 10/22/2007

From the fertile imagination of Peter A. Marino is a discusson in two parts on the theory of side-by-side buying.

Low-Fare Airline Carrier Comes To High Point  - 10/22/2007

Airline promises to better link the Greensboro/ Winston-Salem/ High Point area with Florida, the Gulf Coast, East Coast and the West Coast.

World Market Center Las Vegas Offers Hotel Discounts Online  - 10/22/2007

Significant savings available through World Market Center’s host hotel program offered on-line.

Ashley Homestores To Sponsor Highly Anticipated Hispanic Television Series  - 10/22/2007

Ashley Homestores will be the first major sponsor of one of Hispanic television's most anticipated new series, "Despararecidos" on LAT TV.

Flexsteel Reports Net Income Increase For Quarter  - 10/19/2007

Residential net sales were $62.7 million, an increase of 2% from the prior year quarter net sales of $61.8 million.

WHFA Calls for Retailer of the Year Nominations  - 10/19/2007

The Retailer of the Year Award is given to a retailer who embodies excellence by going the extra step in making a difference in their business, their community and within the industry.

Designer Nicole Miller to appear at Carls in Boca Raton  - 10/19/2007

The Nicole Miller Collection of Furniture and Rugs from celebrated New York runway designer Nicole Miller will be introduced at six Carls locations in November.

Furniture Brands International Plans To Divest HBF  - 10/17/2007

Decision to sell HBF, formerly Hickory Business Furniture, reflects company commitment to residential furnishings.

McGee Returns To Head Up MMPI Leasing Team  - 10/17/2007

McGee will have overall responsibility for leasing the 2.1 million square feet of permanent and temporary space in Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza, National Furniture Mart, Market Square/Suites at Market Square, Hamilton Market and 300 S. Main Street.

American Leather Expands Marketing Department  - 10/17/2007

Christopher Stewart has been promoted to Creative Director and Jessica Jackson appointed Marketing Fulfillment Supervisor.

Laneventure Expands Market Square Chicago Showroom  - 10/17/2007

The company's new showroom on the 15th floor will be increased by 20 percent over its former space on the 17th floor.

Broyhill Honors Six With Sales Reps Of The Year Award  - 10/17/2007

Dennis Maxey, Ralph Beightol, Ray Simonetti, Jim Moore, Gary Baker and Jim Scott receive custom-fitted award blazers.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Support Drive To Collect Care Products For US Troops  - 10/17/2007

Verlo joins radio station and 8 year old girl to collect personal care items. Sells "Mattress Man plushies" to raise cash.

IHFC Announces Vespa Scooter Winner  - 10/17/2007

Jane Blickenstaff of Lynchburg, Va wins drawing that was held to celebrate the opening of the renovated InterHall exhibition space.

Young Home Furnishings Professionals Creates Interactive Job Board  - 10/17/2007

With a focus on the home furnishings industry, the YHFP Career Connection offers prospective employers and job seekers an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.

La-Z-Boy Finalizes Sale Of Pennsylvania House To Universal  - 10/16/2007

La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced that it completed the sale of the Pennsylvania House trade name and certain related assets to Universal Furniture for $1.65 million.

Aaron's Celebrates 1500th Store Milestone  - 10/16/2007

Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership division has added nearly 500 stores in the past three years, and continues to build resources in anticipation of adding new stores in the future.

Stanley Furniture Posts Lower Sales & Earnings For 3rd Quarter  - 10/16/2007

Company does not foresee any improvement in the demand environment anytime soon and has lowered expectations for the balance of 2007.

Joseph Hill Named President and Chief Operating Officer of Wynwood Furniture  - 10/16/2007

Mr. Hill replaces Andrew Gillies who left the company to pursue other interests.

Consumer Poll Says That Old Mattresses Stress Relationships  - 10/16/2007

According to BSC findings, an overwhelming 78 percent of respondents agreed that a new mattress could be the key to a better relationship with their significant others.

First Capital Offers Pre-Delivery Guaranty To Foreign Furniture Exporters  - 10/16/2007

Provides a guaranty of 50 percent of the foreign exporter’s sales price to the importer up to 60 days prior to delivery of goods or services.

Trends For 2008 Canadian Home Furnishings Market  - 10/16/2007

More than 400 exhibitors from Canada and abroad will launch their latest collections January 12 to 15, 2008 near Toronto.

Cresent Fine Furniture to Open Showroom in WMC Building C  - 10/15/2007

Cresent, which also has a showroom in High Point, N.C., will bring the brand new Cresent Classics line to Las Vegas Market visitors.

Verlo Mattress Factory Store Opens In Watertown, WI  - 10/15/2007

Customers still have the opportunity to observe their mattress being made on location at the Wisconsin flagship facility in Fort Atkinson.

Bob's Discount Furniture Initiates Its New Community Outreach Van  - 10/15/2007

Van will visit schools that won $3,000 grants for cultural arts programming in the Bob's Discount Furniture "Celebrate The Arts Contest".

Kindel Furniture Names Jay Paschall Vice President  - 10/15/2007

Most recently, Mr. Paschall served as an executive with the Sherrill Furniture Co. in Hickory, N.C.

HomeWorld Furniture Divisional Manager Wins Trip To US Open  - 10/15/2007

Daphne Oliveros, guessed the correct number of “ah” tennis balls on display in the aspenhome High Point Showroom.

Leggett & Platt Announces Personnel Changes  - 10/12/2007

Executive level changes have been made in the Consumer Products Group.

Seven Service Behaviors to Boost Your Bottom Line  - 10/12/2007

If you apply these customer service behaviors with passion and consistency, your business results will unequivocally improve, and swiftly.

Market For High End American-Made Furniture Growing Overseas  - 10/12/2007

NY Times article reported on this small but growing segment of the market in a post High Point show feature.

HPMA Reports That 83,974 Attended High Point Show  - 10/11/2007

More than half of the registration—47,441 or 56.6 percent—were buyers. Exhibitors and sales representatives requested another 29,115 badges.

Stanley Furniture To Lay off 250, Consolidate Operations  - 10/10/2007

Action taken to align staffing levels with current difficult business conditions.

Edward Teplitz Named President Of Thomasville Furniture  - 10/10/2007

Mr. Teplitz has served since 2005 as Executive Vice President of Ethan Allen Retail Inc.

Havertys Reports Sales Decrease for September  - 10/8/2007

On a comparable-store basis, September sales decreased 16.2% compared to September 2006.

Newpapers Report Housing Slump's Impact On Furniture Traffic  - 10/8/2007

Newspapers around the United States picked up comments from High Point Market exhibitors.

Furniture Store Sued By Firefighter's Family  - 10/8/2007

Store, building contractors and furniture manufacturers named in suit brought following deadly South Carolina furniture store fire.

Plunkett Furniture To Offer Consumer Credit Card  - 10/8/2007

The credit program will provide extended financing terms and other benefits, including an easy application process, fast credit decisions and promotions.

Laura Ashley, Inc. To Sponsor Television Event To Fight Cancer  - 10/8/2007

Show will feature stylish setting showcasing Laura Ashley home furnishings from Kincaid Furniture Company as well as other home décor products from the Laura Ashley brand.

Greenhouse Design Announces Corporate Management Restructuring  - 10/8/2007

Changes made in response to rapid growth of the company that specializes in providing fabrics to designers.

STORIS Introduces Release 8.4  - 10/5/2007

Robust features include Executive Vision, Image Wizard, Multiple Product Costs, End of Day Scheduling.

City Of Hope Spirit Of Life Dinner Is Huge Success  - 10/4/2007

John Disa and Kevin O’Connor honored with the Spirit of Life™ award. Larry Stein is the audience favorite in "Furniture Idol" competion.

Furniture Buying Index Drops One to Land at 75 Points  - 10/4/2007

Britt Beemer notes that this single point drop is actually a positive sign for furniture retail.

AKTRIN Releases Monitor For American Spending On Furniture & Bedding  - 10/4/2007

In 2007, furniture consumption may drop to a rate of 2.2% compared to 6.9% in 2006 and 4.7% in 2005.

Sleep Country USA Receives Point Of Light Award  - 10/4/2007

Companywide campaign responsible for procuring more than 100,000 donated items of necessity and over $100,000 in cash for area’s 26,000 foster children.

Top Retailer, Hemispheres, Selects STORIS  - 10/4/2007

Hemispheres currently operates five upscale home furnishings retail stores with plans to grow the brand nationally.

Leda Rewards Employees for Dedication and Service  - 10/4/2007

This year’s event honoured Lam Ly, who received recognition award for her 20 years of service as a Leda employee.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 10/3/2007

July was the first month in quite some time that the majority of participants reported increased order rates versus the same month last year.

High Point Market Exhibitors Recognized for Excellence in Showroom Design  - 10/3/2007

Winners were selected in each of five categories: Visual Appeal, Creativity, Elements and Principles of Design Presentation, Retail Application and Consumer Allure.

Cartledge, Fenn & Wright Inducted Into American Furniture Hall of Fame  - 10/2/2007

Three industry leaders, from a slate of seven nominees, have been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame at the annual Banquet in High Point, NC.

Broyhill Furniture Plans To Renovate 80,000 sq. ft. High Point Showroom  - 10/1/2007

Planned amenities include a private dealer lounge and meeting rooms, conference room facilities, an interactive media room, bistro café and concierge service.

Rainforest Alliance to Host a Seminar on Responsible Wood Purchasing at the High Point Market  - 10/1/2007

Attendees will be briefed on the meaning of responsible sourcing, the significance of conscientious wood purchasing and the associated challenges of finding and verifying sustainable products.

Kindel Furniture Renews Relationship with Beacon Hill  - 10/1/2007

Kindel Furniture will now have permanent displays and increase its market presence in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Washington D.C. , Philadelphia, Dallas, Dania Beach, Fla., Westbury, N.Y. and Troy, Mich.

Spiller Furniture of Columbus Wins Most Improved Store 2007  - 10/1/2007

The award was presented at the recent annual convention of the Southeastern Home Furnishings Association (SEHFA).

Rowe Fine Furniture Confirms Purchase of Clayton Marcus Company  - 10/1/2007

The Clayton Marcus brand will bring a different product and style perspective to the Rowe portfolio.

Alfred Audi of Stickley Furniture Company Passes  - 10/1/2007

Man who brought Stickley from 22 to more than 1600 employees dies of cancer at age 69

Filing Discloses Samson Stake In Furniture Brands  - 10/1/2007

Filing also disclosed that Samson presented a proposal to Furniture Brands with respect to a possible business combination transaction.

HIgh Point Market Authority Names Marketing & Communications Manager  - 9/30/2007

Shannon Kennedy will report directly to Kimberley Wray, vice president of marketing and communications at the High Point Market Authority.

PROFITsystems Ranks in Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies  - 9/29/2007

The 2007 Inc. 5000 list is based on revenue growth from 2003 through 2006.

Toby Roberts Launches Furniture Design Company  - 9/29/2007

Roberts graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and has worked as a freelance furniture designer for companies like Norwalk Furniture Corp. and American Leather.

The Banyan Company To Debut In High Point's Interhall IHFC  - 9/29/2007

The company offers eco-friendly case goods, accent furniture, organic textiles and accessories.

The Sustainable Furniture Council Announces High Point Discussion Forums  - 9/28/2007

The Sustainable Furniture Council announced that it will host meetings of members, potential members and interested parties in High Point.

Linwood Furniture Announces High Point Introductions  - 9/28/2007

Company will show three collections designed and manufactured in North Carolina and made with locally grown hardwoods.

SFMA Honors Award Winners  - 9/28/2007

Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association gives awards for retail excellence and for furniture design.

ISPA Industry Conference and Exhibition Scheduled For November 7-9  - 9/28/2007

Program highlights on Thursday, November 8 include the keynote presentation “Macroeconomic and Generational Trends That Will Affect the Mattress Industry” featuring Jerry Epperson.

Riverside Furniture Launches Enhanced Website Design  - 9/28/2007

Additional features make the site more visually appealing, engaging and easier to navigate for an enhanced furniture shopping experience.

"Furniture Retail" Yellow Pages Listings Generates 77 Million References Annually  - 9/28/2007

YPA says that consumers most frequently refer to the "Furniture - Retail" Yellow Pages heading when they are looking to purchase bedroom furniture and bedding.

Natuzzi Announces the Appointment of Pasquale Natuzzi as CEO  - 9/28/2007

Mr. Natuzzi replaces Mr. Greco, who will continue to serve the Board of Directors as Outside Director.

Bassett Announces Opening of New Prototype Store  - 9/28/2007

In addition to unveiling a Bassett store prototype in two locations, the company will offer new products, complimentary design services and begin selling certain products from its website.

Town & Country Magazine Announces First Home Furnishings Licensing Agreement  - 9/28/2007

The first of several Jardin de Ville Town & Country outdoor furniture collections debuts at the High Point Market.

Jaclyn Smith Reorganizes Her Home Collections Under Integrated Brand  - 9/28/2007

Casegoods, lighting, top of bed, outdoor, fine art reproductions and draperies are categories that will be introduced with the assistance of HB2’s Caroline Hipple and Dixon Bartlett.

Linwood Furniture Inc. Board of Directors Appoints Key Executives  - 9/28/2007

Company appoints Bob Shaak to the position of Chief Executive Officer and President, and Bryan Starnes as Sr. VP of Operations and Secretary.

Bailey Street Addresses Confusion Caused By Bombay Company Filing  - 9/27/2007

Bombay had holding company with similar name. Bailey Street will introduce 9 Couture Covers™ chair patterns and 14 accent pieces at High Point.

High Point's Hamilton Properties Completes Renovation. Adds Corner Café  - 9/27/2007

The addition of a Grateful Bread Café’ will give Buyers a place to grab a cappuccino or a quick bite to eat as they take time to relax in the renovated courtyard.

ASID Illinois Chapter Elects 2007-8 Board Of Directors  - 9/27/2007

Led by James Landa of Chicago, Ill., the new board of directors is comprised of an experienced, talented and driven group of interior designers, industry partners and student members.

Innovative 3D Design & Sales Tool To Be Demonstrated In High Point  - 9/27/2007

The company will showcase what it believes will be the ‘wow factor’ in design technology – the ability to create virtual 3d environments using real world items.

ASID Study Finds Surge in Designers’ Use of the Internet  - 9/27/2007

Just two years ago, an ASID study of interior designers in small and medium-sized firms found that just one in four used the Internet for his or her design practice.

Ashley Furniture Industries To Donate $50,000 To the National Furniture Bank Association At High Point Ceremony  - 9/27/2007

The NFBA facilitates Help1Up, the service which annually collects used furniture from over 125,000 homes in America, then gives the furniture to families in need.

High Point Market Authority Publishes Largest Furniture and Designer Preview  - 9/27/2007

Market Authority says that this success is a reflection of the continuing importance of the design trade to the High Point Market.

High Point Mayor To Present City of Hope With Key To City  - 9/26/2007

Throughout Market week, events will be hosted by Market participants to raise funds for City of Hope, including the annual Spirit of Life Award gala on Wednesday night.

IHFRA Announces "New Members Week"  - 9/26/2007

This special market event was established to give representatives a chance to learn about member benefits and networking opportunities available with an IHFRA membership.

IHFRA Offers Market Services & Enhanced Web Rep Finder  - 9/26/2007

List of IHFRA High Point services for reps, plus introduction of online directory that can be sorted by sales representative, by state, by chapter or by manufacturer.

Biltmore For Your Home Announces High Point Intros.  - 9/26/2007

Additional Biltmore For Your Home collection introductions in High Point by Capel, Oriental Accent and Austin Productions.

RugMark Reports Consumers Are Buying More "Socially Responsible" Rugs  - 9/26/2007

RugMark announces that certified rug imports to the U.S. have grown from $0 in 1996 to $8.9 million in 2006.

Dow Introduces Technology Used To Make "Greener" Foam  - 9/26/2007

RENUVA™ Renewable Resource Technology, is a process that helps manufacturers make Polyurethane Foams that are performance-based and reduce impact on the environment.

Magnussen Home Brings Down-Home Spirit To High Point  - 9/26/2007

Showroom events will include a pie judging contest, carnival games and an appearance by Miss North Carolina.

Powell Teams with LittleMissMatched™  - 9/26/2007

Powell will introduce a licensed line of youth furniture in High Point based on the popular tween property LittleMissMatched.

Asian Loft To Open 4200 Sq. Ft. Showroom in Market Square  - 9/26/2007

Marketer of affordable Chinese and Japanese antique furniture/ accessories, and reproductions will also introduce European pieces in High Point.

Broyhill To Introduce Motion Furniture In High Point  - 9/26/2007

The company says that the program will emphasize attention to detail in tailoring, seating and overall frame construction.

Leaders Of Former Storehouse Inc. Form Furniture Industry Consulting Company  - 9/26/2007

Company will create brand invigoration strategies, provide transformation architecture as a blueprint for change, and guide multi-channel and multi-functional alignment for retailers and manufacturers.

Fabric Supplier To Designers Reports Spike In Web Sales  - 9/25/2007

Decorative fabric supplier Greenhouse Design reports that 25 percent of its sales are through the internet.

Tradewins To Introduce Four New Collections in Expanded High Point Showroom  - 9/25/2007

12,000 square foot space will allow the company to display every SKU offered in their group of almost 30 collections.

Spring Air Appoints Moore SVP of Human Resources  - 9/24/2007

Gregory Moore spent five years as director of human resources for Simmons.

Foamex Introduces Drainable, Mildew Resistant Foam  - 9/24/2007

Their DriFast™ offering, is manufactured for the outdoor furniture and marine cushioning markets.

Broyhill Announces New Product Development Leadership  - 9/24/2007

Michael Foster and Anthony Teague have been assigned to key positions on the company’s product development team.

Cresent Fine Furniture To Introduce Eco-Friendly Line In High Point  - 9/24/2007

The new line, called Cresent Classics, will feature sustainably forested solid American Cherry and Maple hardwoods in three lifestyle segments.

MMPI Makes 750 Spots Available for No Charge Buyer Parking In High Point  - 9/24/2007

For the upcoming Fall High Point Market, MMPI has added two new lots creating additional parking spaces for buyers.

International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) Announces Debut  - 9/24/2007

The newly created organization’s mission is to “create the demand for and promote the awareness of high quality casual furnishings worldwide.

B. Smith To Present Furniture Collection at Furnitureland South  - 9/24/2007

Following her presentation to Furnitureland South's 200 sales and design consultants, Smith will meet the public during a reception in the store's Clayton Marcus Gallery.

Kinwai USA Awarded Environmental Quality Certification  - 9/24/2007

Company has been awarded the ISO14001 International Quality Environmental System Certification, as well as the China Type III Certification For The Environment.

Global Furniture USA Announces New Sleep Solution Division  - 9/24/2007

Contemporary furniture resource's bedding division will offer a complete range of quality and price points from promotional to super-premium.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Revises Store Opening Plans  - 9/24/2007

Residential and office furniture rental leader expects to open fewer stores due to construction delays. Reports that same store core rental revenues should be up approximately 7%.

Furniture News In The Media  - 9/24/2007

Links to breaking news (Ashley, Moosehead, Henredon) and stories of interest in the furniture world. Readers are invited to send links on interesting furniture news to editor@furninfo.com.

Mattress Firm Hires Media Director  - 9/24/2007

Dan Palmisano has been hired as media director for Houston based bedding retailer with more than 440 stores.

Powell to Give Away i-Phones To Customers In High Point  - 9/24/2007

Powell Co. is expanding their successful incentive program for customers placing qualifying orders during High Point Market.

Ardley Hall Announces Fall 2007 High Point Introductions  - 9/24/2007

Lineup Includes lighting & accessories plus Lea Motlow Designs.

Lynch Sales Hires Stuart Kerr As Senior Sales Consultant  - 9/20/2007

Kerr was Sales Manager and Buyer for the Bedford Interiors store, a sales person for Fraser Furniture and Linton Furniture, all well known Canadian retail stores.

Conlin’s Furniture Launches New World-Class Website  - 9/20/2007

The new Conlin’s site will focus on shopping rather than selling, and will be marketed locally rather than nationally.

Home Furnishings Cruise Around Manhattan Big Success  - 9/20/2007

The gala affair which included sit down dinner, open bar, dancing, a casino and entertainment, also benefited Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization.

High Point Designer Resource Center to Open after Extensive Renovation  - 9/20/2007

The Designer Resource Center provides a 4,000-square-foot comfort zone for interior designers.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Member Portraits Now On Sale  - 9/20/2007

Framed portraits of Hall of Fame members, including the 2006 inductees, are on sale now at the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. (AFHF).

HPMA Introduces High Point Showroom Identification System  - 9/20/2007

The set of five, leaf-shaped icons represent five categories of service—Designer-Friendly, Small Retailer-Friendly, Container Only, U.S. Warehouse and Exporter.

The Bombay Company, Inc. Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization  - 9/20/2007

This action, is part of the Company's efforts to address financial challenges and identify a strategic or financial investor.

Badcock Announces New Initiatives at Annual Dealer Meeting  - 9/20/2007

Company announces Dealer Service and Support Division, a supply chain initiative, new website design and the Badcock Select Progam.

Herman Miller Posts First Quarter 9.3% Sales Increase  - 9/20/2007

Solid performance driven by growth in international markets, company says.

TUA To Debut Ultrasuede® Lounge at October High Point Market  - 9/20/2007

Ultrasuede will showcase pieces that convey the versatility and creativity their ultra-microfiber fabric.

Celebrity Interior Designer Kenneth Brown To Present In High Point  - 9/20/2007

Kenneth Brown will present “The Celebrity Designer Within Us All,” in conjunction with the Carolinas Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA).

Paul Maxwell, American Artist To Speak At Las Vegas Design Center  - 9/20/2007

Maxwell will explain his views on “The Importance of Art in an Architectural Environment at the October 5th First Friday session.

Fabritec2000 Co-founder Sam Chase Dies At 59  - 9/18/2007

Well known and well respected mattress industry veteran loses fight with cancer.

Furniture Brands International Warns About Second Quarter Loss  - 9/18/2007

Manufacturer says that it expects a net earnings loss on a net sales decrease of about 12 percent.

Furniture China Show Attracts Over 15,000 International Visitors  - 9/18/2007

13th China International Furniture Expo in Shanghai plans expansion to accommodate long waiting list for exhibition space.

England to Retire From La-Z-Boy; Sawyer Named Successor  - 9/18/2007

An industry veteran, England has had a career spanning 43 years, beginning as a teenager working the delivery dock of his grandfather's store.

Luxury Marketers: Is it Brand Lust or Brand Loyalty You're After?  - 9/18/2007

Strategies to build brand lust differ markedly from those to build brand loyalty – Luxury marketers need to know the difference.

Sustainable Home Furnishings Focus of October High Point Market 2-day Event  - 9/17/2007

Educational lunchtime events are scheduled during the October High Point Market. Product sustainability and responsible wood sourcing are the featured topics.

Steelcase To Purchase Leading Chinese Office Furniture Manufacturer  - 9/17/2007

Aquisition to provide Steelcase with broader capabilities to support their expansion plans in Asia.

Hillside Furniture Co. Opens High Point Showroom  - 9/17/2007

Manufacturer offering customized options at the renovated InterHall venue in the IHFC building.

Four Hands Announces High Point Introductions  - 9/17/2007

Introductions will include some organic/green efforts and some interesting takes on classic style.

Natuzzi Reports Net Loss For Second Quarter On Lower Sales  - 9/17/2007

Cites challenging business conditions, aggressive price competition and lower consumer confidence for weaker results.

Hammary To Introduce Low Country Collection In High Point  - 9/17/2007

Hammary will target better department and furniture specialty stores for the collection, the result of a partnership with National Trust - Design in America™.

Knoll, Inc. Agrees to Acquire Edelman Leather  - 9/14/2007

Edelman Leather will continue to operate as an independent company and will maintain its own headquarters and distribution center in New Milford, CT.

Furniture Store Recruitment: Number Two Priority  - 9/14/2007

How do you keep your best and brightest from crossing the street and taking the next best offer?

Better Homes and Gardens Editor To Lead Demonstration, Giveaway and Book Signing at Furnitureland South  - 9/14/2007

The first 50 customers to arrive will receive a free copy of Rivers' latest book. Following her presentation, Rivers will be available discuss decorating ideas and autograph books.

Expanded EcoStyle Pavilion To Host Party At Market Square  - 9/14/2007

Party in High Point's Market Square on Thursday, October 5 will celebrate the importance of "green" in the residential home furnishings industry.

Groovystuff Completes Forest Stewardship Council Audit  - 9/13/2007

The program evaluates the source of the wood and the handling procedures once the wood has been recovered. All information is verified through an audit before certification is granted.

G.ROMANO moves to IHFC Design Center  - 9/13/2007

Noting change in IHFC traffic patterns, Contempoary furniture specialists to open showroom at IHFC.

Rowe Fine Furniture To Purchase Clayton Marcus  - 9/13/2007

Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be finalized later this month, were not disclosed.

Hammary Announces High Point Showroom Relocation  - 9/13/2007

The newly renovated 21,000 square foot showroom is located at the top of the third floor escalator on the Commerce entrance side of the IHFC building.

Klaussner® Home Furnishings To Turn Over Transportation & Logistics Functions To Salem Logistics  - 9/13/2007

Move will allow top-5 furniture manufacturer to provide improved transportation and logistics services to smaller retailers.

High Point Market Authority Launches Showroom Display and Merchandising Ideas Competition  - 9/13/2007

All companies exhibiting at the Fall 2007 High Point Market are eligible and invited to enter the competition.

Harden To Occupy Outpost in MMPI’s EcoStyle Pavilion  - 9/13/2007

163-year-old furniture manufacturer will tout a long-held commitment to sustainable environmental practices - Introduces "green" upholstery line.

Mi-Di To Show For First Time In High Point  - 9/12/2007

MI-DI offers a complete line of Canadian made traditional, contemporary, colonial and transitional dining furniture.

Kornmeyers HomeSmart™ Going Out of Business  - 9/12/2007

After 127 years in the retail furniture business Kormmeyer Furniture has decided to close its store and will begin conducting a going out of business sale.

Hooker Furniture Reports Average Daily Net Sales Decrease of 10.1%  - 9/11/2007

In spite of net sales decrease, net income and gross margin improved for the period.

A.R.T. Furniture To Introduce New Showroom and Three Collections in High Point  - 9/11/2007

Company will open its 40,000 square foot showroom on the second floor of Plaza Suites on Main Street in High Point.

Capel Incorporated Hires Colleen Stoutnar as New Marketing Coordinator  - 9/11/2007

Stoutnar joins the company with over 15 years of sales and marketing experience.

Bob's Discount Furniture Kicks Off "Celebrate the Arts Contest"  - 9/11/2007

Furniture retailer to award a $3,000 grant for cultural arts assemblies to a winning school.

RugMark To Speak on Child Labor At San Francisco Dwell on Design Community Forum  - 9/11/2007

Presentation will highlight RugMark’s independent monitoring and certification process, which is a consumer and designer’s best assurance that an imported carpet was woven by adult artisans and not children.

Bemco To Introduce Fire Resistant Products In High Point  - 9/11/2007

Bemco will also introduce marketing materials to support the the Bemco Fire-Tec brand.

Hamilton Wrenn Design District To Host Tuesday "Uptown" Event  - 9/10/2007

Exhibitors in the Hamilton Wrenn area are inviting High Point Market guests to mix, mingle and enjoy extended shopping hours during a special, “Tuesday Uptown” celebration.

World Market Center Hosts ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony to Celebrate Completion of Steel Construction of Building C  - 9/10/2007

The 2.1 million square-foot building is scheduled for completion in 2008 and will open during the Summer Las Vegas Market.

Universal Furniture to Acquire Pennsylvania House  - 9/6/2007

Universal Furniture plans to reintroduce the Pennsylvania House brand name with new products in time for the Spring 2008 International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina.

High Point Market Designates City of Hope Night  - 9/6/2007

A number of events benefiting City of Hope will take place simultaneously around the Market on Wednesday, October 3, 2007.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 9/5/2007

June 2007 new order levels drop 5% but inventory levels are in much better shape when compared to June 2006 levels.

High Point Market Authority To Host Reception For Exhibitors and Sales Reps  - 9/5/2007

The reception will be held under the Showplace Tent from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on Saturday, September, 29th.

Spa & Wellness Trends In Home Furnishings  - 9/5/2007

Seminar will inform buyers on how consumers are living, shopping for and using spa and wellness products as well as talk about key cultural trends.

Spring Air Adds Sales Division Vice Presidents  - 9/5/2007

Dietiker from Sleep Country Heads West; Megard from Comfort Solutions leads Central; Jent from Ashley spearheads East.

SATRA Schedules More Furniture Flammability Seminars  - 9/4/2007

SATRA Technology Centre to hold furniture flammability seminars at its UK facilities.

Salameh Honored With Franchisee of the Year Award  - 9/4/2007

VMFS franchise owner Adel Salameh to represent Verlo in Washington, D.C.

Restoration Hardware Reports Second Quarter Loss On Increased Revenue  - 9/4/2007

For the full year, the Company expects to attain approximately break-even operating margins.

Compass Diversified Trust Acquires American Furniture  - 9/4/2007

CODI paid approximately $92.5 million to purchase Mississippi based, promotional upholstered furniture manufacturer, American Furniture.

Sala Azabu to Sell Kindel Furniture in Japan  - 9/4/2007

Kindel Furniture Co. is bucking the trend of declining exports of furniture to Japan with its new agreement with Sala Azabu in Tokyo.

Myriad Software Releases Wireless Executive Management Module  - 8/31/2007

Allows for real-time analysis of a furniture company’s business from anywhere in the world that has wireless capability.

World Market Center Appoints Gerry Siebel as Director of Leasing  - 8/31/2007

Seibel also served as vice president of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago for 12 years.

Kincaid To Host High Tea For Interior Designers In High Point  - 8/31/2007

The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 4 from 3 to 5 PM in the Kincaid showroom located at IHFC H1204.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Taking Reservations For Banquet In High Point  - 8/31/2007

This year’s roster of candidates who will be honored includes industry leaders: George B. Cartledge, Sr.; Joyce Cash Eddy; Ormon William “Bill” Fenn, Jr.; Sam P. Finger, Jr.; Fred Friedman; Mitchell Gold; and Felix Wright.

HOM Furniture Selected as Partner for Hit TV Show  - 8/31/2007

Twin Cities based HOM Furniture has been selected for a supporting role in the hit TV series Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Why Your Furniture Business Needs Both TV and Internet Ads to Survive  - 8/31/2007

Customers expect companies to take a multi-media advertising approach when selling products and building brand awareness.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Sponsors “Sleep In for the Cure®”  - 8/31/2007

"Sleep In” participants raise money through pledges just like “Race” participants. But instead of suiting up for the 5K “Race”, “Sleep In” participants get to stay at home in bed.

ASEAN Furniture Industries Council Gets New Leadership  - 8/31/2007

The Chamber of Furniture of the Philippines (CFIP) announced that they have officially taken over the helm of the ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC) from the Malaysian Furniture Industries Council (MFIC).

A.R.T. Furniture Names Bill Sibbick Vice President of Sales  - 8/31/2007

Sibbick, formerly Senior Vice President of Sales at Pulaski Furniture, has also held positions with Lane and Stanley Furniture.

Church Chair® Introduces Environmentally Friendly Chair Line  - 8/31/2007

Church Chair’s® Green Foam is a unique, highly durable flexible polyurethane foam, made partially from plant-based renewable raw materials.

Bedding Center To Relocate To Plaza Suites in High Point  - 8/30/2007

The Bedding Center, which is completely sold out for the upcoming market, will be ready to welcome buyers for the Fall High Point Market, October 1-7.

1800mattress.com Survey of 4,700 Callers Reveals Buying Trend  - 8/30/2007

Survey revealed that 72-percent of parents were buying bedding products for their offspring as part of their Back-to-School shopping.

Holliman Named President of Lane  - 8/29/2007

In addition to the appointment of Holliman, Furniture Brands International announced that Jeff Young has resigned as President/ CEO of HDM Furniture Industries.

HGTV Design Star Tym Desanto Hosts World Market Center's ‘Style File’  - 8/29/2007

According to World Market Center, there were 10 major furnishings trends shown at the recent Summer Las Vegas show.

Furniture Foam Producer Foamex Announces Organizational Changes  - 8/28/2007

Gregory J. Christian, Foamex's President, who led the company through its successful chapter 11 reorganization, resigns.

Sofa Mart® and Furniture Row Outlet® Team with World Vision to Help the Children of Mexico  - 8/28/2007

The program assists in the wide-spread problem of homeless children in Mexico City.

Flexsteel Reports 2% Residential Furniture Sales Increase For 4th Quarter  - 8/28/2007

The Company expects that softness in residential furniture and vehicle markets will continue through the first half of fiscal year 2008.

IKEA In The News This Week  - 8/28/2007

IKEA New Haven gets bioterror scare. IKEA Richmond employees go on strike.

National Furniture Bank Association Directs Donation of 3,200 Mattresses  - 8/28/2007

Candlewood Suites worked in partnership with the National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA) to repurpose the box springs and linens to benefit approximately 4,300 families in need.

Commodores and Three Dog Night To Perform At High Point Market  - 8/27/2007

All Market attendees wishing to attend High Point Market concerts must present a current Market badge and a valid picture ID.

Mattress Firm Appoints Vice President of Store Operations  - 8/27/2007

Leggiero will provide operational leadership to all Mattress Firm locations while working closely with the company’s more than 110 district and area managers.

Design Chicago, Two Day October Market For Design Professionals  - 8/27/2007

Design Chicago will present up-to-the-minute trends in interior design, featuring renowned keynote speakers, innovative seminars and presentations.

Mattress Firm To Acquire 35-Store Mattress Pro Chain  - 8/27/2007

The acquisition expands Mattress Firm’s total store count nationwide to more than 440 stores in 36 markets across 21 states.

Interface’s Ray Anderson to Keynote SF Mart Green Show In September  - 8/27/2007

Anderson is one of the world’s most environmentally progressive leaders on sustainable commerce.

Furniture E-retailer Broadspan Commerce Hires Former BabyAge.com Executive  - 8/27/2007

Tim Peck will be responsible for increasing product and vendor selection at Broadspan’s online home furniture stores, including DirectlyHome.com.

World Market Center Showrooms To Open For Juvenile Expo, Las Vegas  - 8/27/2007

More than 34 showrooms will be participating during the event, providing World Market Center tenants and year-round showrooms an opportunity to market to these visiting buyers.

Combining Ethics and Business Success  - 8/27/2007

Case Study: Stewardship in today's marketplace; Retailer Patagonia provides an example of excellence in corporate social responsibility.

Tropitone Moves Forward With Plans Seek Financial Partner  - 8/27/2007

Company says that it has made significant progress toward finding an institutional investor to fund accelerated growth.

Leggett's "Spring Alive" Retail Tour To Promte Benefits Of Innerspring Mattresses  - 8/27/2007

Leggett will visit retailers to promote the health benefits of a good night’s sleep and communicate the role innersprings play in delivering restful and rejuvenating slumber.

Hickory Hardware Sponsors Withers Endowment Award at Kendall College of Art and Design  - 8/27/2007

Annual prize recognizes promising new designers in the furniture design industry.

Real Wood Furniture Finished Your Way® Trade Show Reports Excellent Attendance  - 8/27/2007

The Unfinished Furniture Association said that manufacturers embraced the show's color concept showing their products in a variety of finishes and colors.

High Point Market Offers Webinar For Exhibitors On Preparing Press Kits  - 8/23/2007

Webinar event to be held on August 29th will help home furnishings marketers to raise their visibility in the consumer press.

Midwest Dinner Cruise Raises Over 180,000 for City of Hope  - 8/23/2007

More than 320 home furnishings industry executives enjoyed a scenic tour of the Chicago lakefront while supporting research and cancer treatment center.

Bob's Discount Furniture Raises $350,000 At Charitable Event  - 8/23/2007

Regional chain donates over $250,000 to benefit four regional nonprofit organizations at a recent golf and dinner event.

Mississippi Furniture Manufacturer Brookwood To Close  - 8/22/2007

Plant to close within 60 days. Management cites downward pressure on upholstered furniture prices as reason for closing.

Las Vegas Design Center To Present Dean Robert Jones Seminar  - 8/22/2007

Jones said he plans to show numerous photos of completed projects as well as tangible samples of wall upholstery and techniques such as leather button tufting.

Kincaid Selects Agency for New Initiatives  - 8/22/2007

Kincaid Furniture Company has selected The Media Matters, Inc., to develop and facilitate new marketing initiatives.

Hickory Hardware Hires Five New Additions to Management Team  - 8/22/2007

The new appointments are: Ashley Holland as retail product manager, Robert Bloise as network administrator, Shane Smith as IT program manager, and Jason Watson and Richard Stewart as shipping dock supervisors.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Announces Candidates For Induction  - 8/22/2007

New members will be announced and officially inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame at the annual banquet celebration on October 2 at the High Point Market.

AKTRIN brings a Bangladeshi Furniture Delegation to Canada.  - 8/21/2007

Stefan Wille thinks that Bangladesh might be the next big off-shore furniture production supplier to North America.

Eclipse International to Show In High Point  - 8/21/2007

The Eclipse exhibit will be located in the Plaza Suites, 1st Floor Bedding Center.

Furniture News Briefs 8/21/17  - 8/21/2007

News from around the country. Gordon's Furniture To Close... Furniture Store Fire in Paris, IL... Sales Tax Issue in Baltimore... Peoploungers Fights Asset Sale.

"American Furniture Idol" Talent Title To Be Awarded At City of Hope Dinner in High Point  - 8/21/2007

Top notch talent to include Larry Stein of FURNITURE WORLD Magazine.

How to Lead Your Staff Through Difficult Times  - 8/21/2007

The furniture industry is full of examples of companies going through difficult changes or reorganization that have left employees completely in the dark.

Retailer Furniture Express Shuts Down  - 8/20/2007

Furniture Express announced that it has closed all of its locations after actions by Comercia Bank.

Study Links Cat Disease To Flame Retardants In Furniture  - 8/20/2007

Study supposes that grooming behavior in cats increases risks due to exposure to PBDE's as much as 100- fold.

Quaker Fabric Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection  - 8/20/2007

On July 2, the employment relationships of substantially all of the Company's 930 employees were terminated.

High Point Upgrades "Market Planner" Website Tool  - 8/20/2007

Seasoned buyers and first-time visitors can research exhibitors and events, then select and save showrooms and events they don’t want to miss to their personal Market Plan.

Finalists Chosen For ASFD 2007 Pinnacle Awards  - 8/18/2007

Sixty finalists have been chosen in the 2007 12th Annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards competition.

Hong Kong International Furniture Fair 2007 Set For October  - 8/16/2007

Organizers have added a pavilion showcasing design talent, a themed zone featuring classical furniture and many more product categories.

Leggett & Platt Home Furniture Components Group Announces Management Changes  - 8/16/2007

Promotions and organizational changes are designed to increase growth and sales leadership in the HFC Business Group.

Green Manufacturers to Show in San Francisco  - 8/16/2007

Design professionals and home furnishings retailers will have the opportunity to source eco-friendly products at the September 19-20 show.

HFC Expands, Renovates InterHall  - 8/16/2007

$1.2 million project integrates spacious and carpeted aisles that complement the stylish stained concrete floor of each showroom space.

Harvey Dondero Steps Down As World Market Center CEO  - 8/16/2007

Dondero steps down as Chief of World Market Center to assume leadership role with furniture manufacturer.

Furniture Buying Index Drops Two Points  - 8/14/2007

Index compiled by America's Research Group drops, but remains above 70.

Abbyson Names Hrach Boyajian Marketing & Sales Manager  - 8/14/2007

Abbyson expands staff in response to growing demand and an expanding product line.

Case Study: Furniture Retailer Southern Lifestyles Upgrades Racking System  - 8/14/2007

Furniture Cantilever Rack Open Web System allows easy storage of a furniture storage rack of any size and shape—while saving storage space and even fire prevention expenses.

A.P. Industries Launches Collections At ABC Kids Expo  - 8/14/2007

Introductions include the Treasure collection, a mary-kateandashley Home Essentials collection, and additional finish options.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 19% Sales Decline  - 8/14/2007

Losses mount as the company transforms its business model to include more outsourced products and streamlines its supply chain.

Furniture Brands International Announces Closing of Debt Refinancing  - 8/14/2007

The facility allows for the issuance of letters of credit of up to $100 million and cash borrowings.

Macy's to Open New Distribution Center, Relocate Furniture Clearance Store  - 8/14/2007

The Macy's North furniture clearance store currently located in the distribution center will be relocated

Bassettbaby Announces Partnership with Babylicious  - 8/14/2007

They plan to offer hip, fresh, quality baby bedding and essentials under the Bassettbaby brand name.

Slumberland Goes to Bat for Bridging at St. Paul Saints Games This Season  - 8/14/2007

Furniture retailer donates beds for Bridging at home games.

Karel Exposition Management Reports Successful Edison, NJ Show  - 8/14/2007

The show, held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, featured 1000 exhibit spaces and attracted 4,700 buyers from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Comfort Solutions by King Koil Signs E.S. Kluft & Company As Licensee  - 8/14/2007

The makers of the Aireloom® and Kluft Royal Standard™ will represent Comfort Solutions in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Restoration Hardware To Open Central Ohio Distribution Facility  - 8/10/2007

Opening the West Jefferson facility will allow Restoration to phase out a third-party facility it operates in Nashville.

Summer 2007 Las Vegas Market Exceeds Exhibitors' Expectations  - 8/10/2007

Las Vegas Market reported an increase in Top 100 retailers, an influx of first time buyers and more international buyers in attendance.

Kane's Furniture Hires Wayne Liburd As MIS Director  - 8/10/2007

Liburd will be responsible for maximizing Kane’s use of existing technology initiatives and evaluating new technologies.

Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Select Comfort To Expand Access to Sleep Number Beds  - 8/10/2007

Guests rate “comfortable beds” as one of the strengths of Radisson properties.

Jacuzzi Brands Corp.'s Subsidiary Signs Trademark License in Luxury Bedding  - 8/10/2007

Jacuzzi Inc. has granted an exclusive license to Thurmo Medical Sleep Products, Inc. USA to manufacture and market luxury sleep systems under its famous Jacuzzi(R) trademark.

Woolrich Debuts Extensive Rug Collection at Mohawk Industries  - 8/10/2007

The outdoor-inspired floor coverings will be showcased in the Mohawk showroom at 295 Fifth Avenue in New York.

Shermag Reports Another First Quarter Loss  - 8/10/2007

Furniture maker cuts first quarter loss to $3.9 million from a year-earlier $4.4 million.

Mattress Firm Forms Relationship With Sleep Expert Dr. Michael Breus  - 8/8/2007

Dr. Breus will help build the organization’s knowledge around the topic of sleep and participate in company sponsored venues targeted towards consumers.

Connecting with New Consumer Is Crucial Says Knorr at WHFA  - 8/8/2007

That requires everything from monitoring blogs to crafting compelling website content and pushing-out personalized offers using e-mail.

Manhattan Ethan Allen Home Interiors Closes  - 8/8/2007

The store was known for its distinguished products and excellent customer service.

Select Comfort Launches Enhanced Sleep Number Beds  - 8/7/2007

Company adds layers of technologically advanced fabrics and materials, plus gives beds a more modern design.

Texas Based Retailer Conn's, Inc. Reports Sales Increase  - 8/7/2007

Net sales for quarter was up 9.4%. Flat panel televisions and furniture segments continue strong growth.

1800mattress.com Teams With Amazon To Offer Mattresses & Bedding Accessories  - 8/6/2007

1800mattress.com is utilizing its 300 recommended bedding retailers throughout the country to provide service to Amazon.com customers.

Appalachian Lumber Producers Verify Sustainability  - 8/6/2007

The Appalachian Hardwood Forest is more than sustainable, accumulating hardwood at a rate of 2.29 trees for each tree that is harvested.

Speak To Your Coworkers & Confront Your Way to Success  - 8/6/2007

Most employees don’t know how to manage their boss and often work from a place of fear and resentment.

Fire at Kathy Ireland Home® by Martin Facility  - 8/6/2007

The affected building contained the finishing and assembly departments as well as administrative offices.

Havertys Reports 7.6% Sales Decrease for July  - 8/6/2007

July comparable store sales were off by 8.6% versus strong results for the same month last year when comps had increased by 8.0%.

Foamex Announces Sale of Joint Venture Interest in Foamex Asia  - 8/6/2007

The Company, that supplies products to the furniture, bedding and other industries expects to record a pre-tax gain of approximately $2 million.

World Market Center Announces Promotion of Company Executives  - 8/4/2007

Dana Andrew, Babs Blair, Tim Branscome and Michelle Monteferrante were all named Vice Presidents of World Market Center.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 8/3/2007

65 percent of the participants reported decreased order levels. This was up from 60 percent at the end of March.

Furniture Brands Reports Net Sales Decrease of 12.2%  - 8/3/2007

Company says it is combating sluggish consumer demand with fresh product offerings as well as promotions.

Haverty Furniture Reports Second Quarter Loss  - 8/3/2007

Sales were especially poor in the first half of the quarter but Haverty returned to profitability in June.

Unlocking the “Employer of Choice” Dilemma: 6 Keys to Success  - 8/3/2007

Corporations that are viewed as a great place to work outshine their competitors in retaining talent, market share, behavioral success, and bottom line.

Trend Guru Shares Color Design Forecast At Las Vegas Market  - 8/3/2007

Blues are taking off and Paisley is back! Bohemian or Morrocan themes update this traditional pattern.

Kathleen Koszyk and Artdreams Home Nominated for 19th Annual ARTS Awards  - 8/3/2007

Artdreams Home has been nominated for Manufacturer of the Year in the Wall Décor Category.

Pilgrim Furniture Helps Renovate Ronald McDonald House, New Haven  - 8/3/2007

Retailer extends outreach to the Greater New Haven area through its recently formed charitable foundation.

Dutailier To Introduce Innovative Glider Collection  - 8/3/2007

These gliders are completely adaptable to one’s individual morphology and are Dutailier’s most innovative products to date in terms of personalization.

Verlo Mattress Factory Store Opens In Yorkville, Illinois  - 8/3/2007

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores franchise owners Eric and Sharon Ginn announced that they "have brought the business of better sleep" to Yorkville.

MGM Promotes Patty Toler, Hires Karen Tucker To Sales Management Positions  - 8/3/2007

Karen Tucker has been hired as Inside Sales Manager. Patty Toler is National Accounts Manager, working with MGM's partners in the Northeast.

ConsumerWatch Seminar Speaker Shows Consumer, Home and Design Trends  - 8/2/2007

During the Las Vegas Furniture Market, Lauer led her audience through a fast-paced preview of consumer trends in furniture.

Emergency Interiors, The National Furniture Bank Association & Industry Partners Join To Help Katrina Victims  - 8/2/2007

More than 5,000 pieces of furniture have already been committed to the effort, led by the National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA), furniture industry heavyweights Ethan Allen, Rooms to Go, and Thomasville, hotel chains such as Marriott, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites, and other major institutional donors.

Braden's Furniture Streamlines Delivery Operations  - 8/2/2007

Knoxville, Tennessee furniture retailer cuts delays and labor costs with Demountable Concepts truck body system.

Top Retailers Debate Sustainability & Green Successes During Las Vegas Market Panel  - 8/2/2007

Key manufacturers, retailers and sustainability leaders, including several members of the Sustainable Furniture Council, attended a lively panel discussion.

High Point University Interior Design Program Receives Accreditation  - 8/1/2007

The Department of Home Furnishings and Design at High Point University is unique in offering students a choice of two majors: home furnishings marketing or interior design.

Steve Wilson, Lexington Executive Sales Consultant Passes Away At 58  - 8/1/2007

Wilson was a well-known and highly respected figure in the home furnishings industry, where he worked in sales and management positions for over 30 years.

Las Vegas Building C Boasts Major Expansions & New Tenants  - 7/31/2007

The 2.1 million square-foot building is scheduled for completion in 2008 and will debut with the Summer Las Vegas Market, taking place July 28 through Aug. 1, 2008.

Edison Furniture & Accessory Market Scheduled For August 4-7  - 7/31/2007

The nation's largest producer of regional furniture and accessory trade shows, announced that they will be returning to Edison, NJ on August 4th.

Global Furniture USA To Introduce New Mattress Brand  - 7/31/2007

Company plans to under-price major US and Chinese bedding manufacturers.

aspenhome™ Expands Potomac To An 85-pc. Full-Line Collection In Las Vegas  - 7/27/2007

Traditional group has been expanded to include bedroom, dining, home office, home entertainment and occasional tables.

Norwalk Furniture Promotes Bev Leibold and Jeff Gross  - 7/27/2007

Leibold will now become director of global sourcing. Gross will move from the production development team to executive director of operations.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Unveils Fresh Look  - 7/27/2007

AFHF is an industry-wide effort organized to honor individuals whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the continued growth and development of the U.S. furniture industry, as well as to research, collect and preserve the cultural, economic and artistic history.

Retailbuyers.com Expands Services with RetailerToRetailer Portal  - 7/27/2007

Now retailers who have overstock merchandise will have another avenue by which to sell their products.

High Point Market Authority Unveils Website Re-Design  - 7/27/2007

The High Point Market website, www.highpointmarket.org, has undergone a significant transformation designed to enhance functionality and user experience.

Julian Doerr Mutter, President of Doerr Furniture Elected President HFIA  - 7/27/2007

Doerr Mutter will lead a re-energized HFIA with its new name, Home Furnishings Independents Association, and continued commitment to members. He and his board will address members’ strategic needs through an expanded list of services.

Education Day at SF Mart Green Expo Features Design Leaders  - 7/27/2007

Eight experts to speak during seminars co-sponsored by ASID in September.

Sales Education: Actions Speak Louder Than Words  - 7/27/2007

Take this non-verbal communication quiz. What nonverbal message is conveyed with the "chin rub" gesture?

Bob's Discount Furniture To Open Second Long Island, NY Location  - 7/26/2007

Freeport, New York location is their 29th store and their second on Long Island.

American Furniture Rentals Expands Home Staging Division  - 7/26/2007

American Furniture Rentals has expanded and upgraded the products and services it offers design professionals and home owners.

Hickory Hardware Strategically Realigns Retail Sales Force  - 7/26/2007

Alignment allows the company to offer more customized client service and more direct communication in its retail channels.

Jordan’s Furniture Hit's Homerun With Red Sox-Based Promotion  - 7/26/2007

FSG assisted Jordan’s in securing extensive promotional and sponsorship benefits at Fenway Park as the Official Furniture Store of the Boston Red Sox.

Stanley Names Shawn Stevens VP of Procurement  - 7/26/2007

Stevens’ will be responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, and coordination of all purchasing activities.

Over 1,000 Furniture Sales Associates Certified In Product Knowledge Course  - 7/26/2007

Since January alone, the company has delivered more than 45,000 on-line product knowledge lessons to more than 2,500 furniture sales associates world-wide.

IHFRA Runs Special Rep Membership Promotion During Vegas Show  - 7/26/2007

Any representative who joins IHFRA during Las Vegas Market week will be entered in a drawing to receive valuable prizes.

Global Furniture USA Opens Houston Regional Headquarters  - 7/26/2007

Located in a spacious, 40,000 square foot warehouse, the regional offices will serve furniture retailers located in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico.

Kathy Ireland To Give Keynote Address at Major Design Conference  - 7/26/2007

The Business of Design Conference, produced by Designing Profits, Inc. (DPI) of Austin, TX, is the nation's fastest-growing conference for interior design professionals and the only one focused on business best practices and bottom line results.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Extends Nominations To August 1st  - 7/25/2007

AFHF is looking for leaders who have made notable contributions to the health and wealth of the American furniture industry.

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) Wins Award  - 7/25/2007

Winning this award reinforces MIFF’s standing as the best exhibition in the nation as well as one of the leading 10 furniture tradeshows in the world.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Same Store Sales Increases 5%  - 7/25/2007

Specialists in rental and sale of residential and office furniture, accessories, consumer electronics and household appliances is on track to add 250 stores this year.

Ethan Allen Reports Results for Quarter And Fiscal Year  - 7/25/2007

Company reports 1.1% retail delivered sales increase. Wholesale sales slipped 10.9% for year.

Former Mattress Firm Executive Becomes Franchisee  - 7/25/2007

His company has aggressive plans to open several additional locations throughout the Birmingham region.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams To Open Their First Freestanding, Dog Friendly, Store In NYC  - 7/25/2007

Company’s second retail location in Manhattan -- the first, is a 5,000 square foot space on the 4th floor of ABC Carpet & Home.

Spring Air Appoints Allen N. Podratsky Senior VP Supply Chain Management  - 7/24/2007

Mr Podratsky will be responsible for managing all aspects of the supply chain, including maximizing vendor relationships, sourcing of components and working with other departments to improve time-to-market and network optimization.

ArtDreams Home Incorporates Co-Founder's Name Into Corporate Identity  - 7/24/2007

High-end Home décor producer now known as Kathleen Koszyk / ArtDreams Home to unveil introductions at the July Las Vegas show.

Rug & Furniture Retailers Honored At Roy Awards  - 7/24/2007

Jordan's Furniture wins "Outstanding Merchandising" award and Krimsa Fine Rugs & Décor and Rug wins "Retailer of the Year" award.

"Declaring Color for 2007/2008" Presentation At Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas  - 7/24/2007

At the 2007 Summer Las Vegas Market, Messe Frankfurt will feature a special presentation on European textile Trends from the Heimtextil event in Frankfurt, Germany.

National Football League Licensed Mattress To Debut At Las Vegas Show  - 7/24/2007

Line of NFL-licensed headboards featuring all 32 teams will compliment the mattress program.

Dennis Valkanoff Named President of CR-Home  - 7/24/2007

Valkanoff will have overall P/L responsibilities for the residential furniture business, and will be responsible for the integration of the Company’s residential furniture sales and marketing functions as well as management of its product life cycle.

Bailey Street Announces the Introduction of Couture Covers™ In Vegas  - 7/24/2007

Retailer may choose to let consumers self choose the easy to change covers or offer them as a custom fit program.

Creating an Open Climate for Retail Communication  - 7/24/2007

How to achieve an "open door" policy and foster constructive communication between employees and furniture store managers.

Sleep Country USA Calls On Community To Donate School Supplies  - 7/24/2007

Sixty store chain hopes to increase the number of school supply items collected to more than 20,000 this year.

Darafeev To Introduce "Home Resort Furniture" Concept At Las Vegas Market  - 7/23/2007

The company plans to offer a line of customized pieces, including a variety of luxury chairs, barstools, blackjack bars and multi-use dining tables that reverse to poker and bridge game surfaces.

Protect-A-Bed Partners With Guardsman To Broaden Distribution  - 7/23/2007

Agreement to distribute a co-branded mattress protector to furniture and home retail stores nationwide.

HFIA Announces New Name and New Look For Industry Association  - 7/23/2007

The new name, Home Furnishings Independents Association, reflects the organization’s renewed focus as the choice and voice of the independent home furnishings professional.

Icovia To Lauch Room Planner for Rug Retailers and Manufacturers at Las Vegas Market  - 7/23/2007

Company C is the first rug manufacturer to incorporate Icovia’s latest online interior design room planning tool on its website at www.companyc.com.

Johnson Interiors and More To Open Harden Home Studio™  - 7/23/2007

The concept is based on research conducted by Al Wight of Strategic Decisions, Inc. and was designed by retail expert Martin Roberts of GRID2.

Bush Industries To Host "Christmas In July" Party In Las Vegas  - 7/23/2007

Event will focus on the upcoming Christmas and Super Bowl season, where sales of flat panel TVs (and TV furniture) are expected to hit record levels.

US Trade Mission Planned To Coincide With Furniture Expo In Vietnam  - 7/23/2007

Major furniture exporting country is seeking industry members to visit the show and attend networking, matchmaking sessions with Vietnamese companies.

Pat Watson Appointed Director Of Product Development At Broyhill  - 7/23/2007

Watson will be responsible for directing and managing both domestic and Asian new product development teams.

Tempur-Pedic Reports 18% Second Quarter Net Sales Increase  - 7/20/2007

Earnings per share up 30 percent. Selective price increases taken in the first quarter improve margins.

SCFMA Announces 2008 and 2009 Market Dates  - 7/20/2007

The Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association Board of Directors has announced dates for the 2008 and 2009.

Younkers Furniture Gallery at Bay Park Square To Debut Better Homes and Gardens™ Furniture Collection  - 7/20/2007

The signature collection was designed with significant involvement from the editors at Better Homes and Gardens, who took cues from their nearly 40 million monthly readers.

Hispanic Marketing Expert Joins WHFA & NHFA Seminar Series at Market  - 7/20/2007

Georges will speak on Cultural Insights into the Hispanic Consumer in the RRC on Friday, August 3, 2007.

Powell Co. Expands Las Vegas Showroom - Announces Market Laptop Giveaway  - 7/20/2007

Powell Co. will award free laptops to customers placing qualified orders during the July Las Vegas Market.

The Equity In The Quality - Bottom Line Retail Performance  - 7/20/2007

If you only have $10,000 to improve your home furnishings business, should you pour it into a marketing initiative or a performance initiative?

John T. Harper Named President of Macy’s Home Store  - 7/19/2007

He joins Timothy M. Adams, chairman and chief executive officer, and Jeffrey A. Kantor, president for furniture, as principals of the Macy’s Home Store division.

MicroD To Launch Retail Based ePreVue-5 at WHFA’s Launch Pad in the RRC at Market  - 7/19/2007

MicroD will showcase their online furniture visualization service for the internet at the Launch Pad located within the Retailer Resource Center (RRC) at the Las Vegas Market in Building B, 16th floor.

Retailer Porto Joins The Sustainable Furniture Council  - 7/19/2007

Porto, a fine home furnishings and accessories store with locations in North Carolina has become the only furniture store in the state to be accredited by SFC to date.

WHFA & NHFA To Offer Expanded Education at Las Vegas Market  - 7/17/2007

The WHFA is offering an additional 23 seminars during the July Market in Las Vegas at its state-of-the art facilities in the RRC, Building B, 16th Floor, #1630.

Stanley Furniture Posts Net Loss For Second Quarter  - 7/17/2007

Net sales of $67.7 million decreased 12.6% from the second quarter of 2006. Company lowers sales and earnings guidance for the balance of 2007.

Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA) Promotes Sustainable Business Practices  - 7/17/2007

WHFA’s online sustainability business practices hub provides numerous links to green manufacturers, retailers, support organizations and educational articles.

Robert Stamper Joins Lexington Home Brands As Sr. VP Marketing  - 7/17/2007

An experienced home furnishings executive with over 20 years of experience at Drexel Heritage, Stamper will report directly to President and CEO Phil Haney.

Becker Furniture World Opens Minnesota’s Largest Furniture Home Center  - 7/17/2007

Becker Furniture World opens quarter-million square foot home improvement destination store.

Mattress Firm Completes National Agency Review, Selects Zimmerman and OMD as Key Strategic Partners  - 7/17/2007

Partner firms will help to create media and branding strategies for the 400 plus store bedding chain.

Lane To Introduces Imported Motion Furniture Program In Las Vegas  - 7/17/2007

The Continental Collection is part of Lane’s new container direct motion program, which is launched in partnership with a source factory in China.

Henredon Donates Beds To Women's Resource Center To End Domestic Violence  - 7/17/2007

The 14 Queen Platform Beds, with a retail value of more than $35,000, will help the local shelter provide assistance in transitioning survivors of domestic violence to independence.

WithIt Appoints Mary Cammack Eitel To Board As VP Marketing  - 7/16/2007

Eitel is senior vice president, house and home practice leader, for the Edelman agency’s consumer brands group, based in Atlanta.

29th Annual International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market To Begin On September 17th  - 7/16/2007

The 29th annual show is expected to attract more than 5,000 retailers from the specialty furniture, home furnishings, pool/ spa, hearth/ fireplace and gifts and decorative accessories industries, as well as major catalogues and mass merchants.

Tom Daley Joins Morris Furniture As VP Merchandising Home Furnishings & Home Theater  - 7/16/2007

Tom most recently served as executive vice president & general manager for Scottsdale based Breuners Arizona.

Martin Furniture & Kathy Ireland Worldwide Extend Brand Partner Relationship  - 7/16/2007

The partnership will extend Martin Furniture’s official license to produce home office and home entertainment furniture under the Kathy Ireland Home brand.

Las Vegas Market Attendees Offered Chance To Win MGM VIP Prize Package  - 7/16/2007

Buyers at the Summer 2007 Las Vegas Market can register to win an exclusive prize package to be a VIP guest at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Ernesto Greco Resigns as CEO of the Natuzzi Group  - 7/13/2007

Pasquale Natuzzi, currently Chairman of the Board of Directors, will be proposed to replace Mr. Greco who resigned for personal and professional reasons.

Escalate Retail Announces Promotions  - 7/13/2007

Tim Kilbane is now Vice President of the Technology Services Group, and Laura Weinhofer is Vice President of Marketing.

Rockaway Bedding to Liquidate Merchandise of 64 Retail Stores  - 7/13/2007

Liquidation merchandise will include mattresses, boxsprings, and bed frames in all Rockaway Bedding stores located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen Endorse Help1Up  - 7/13/2007

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and their mary-kateandashley brand have endorsed Help1Up, the home furnishings industry’s free, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly used furniture removal service.

Mealey's Furniture & Mattress Gets Mental Health Award  - 7/13/2007

The company received the “Community Development Award” from Penndel Mental Health at its first Community Awards Banquet.

World Market Center To Host Rep Appreciation Day  - 7/13/2007

World Market Center’s special “Rep Appreciation Day” will be Sunday, January 29, 2007, and will offer food, beverages and hospitality throughout the day for all attending sales reps.

Furniture Buying Index Drops Three Points  - 7/13/2007

America's Research Group says that soaring gas prices, higher property taxes, higher homeowners insurance and grocery prices have taken consumers' minds off of shopping for furniture.

Abbyson To Introduce New Upholstered Pieces In Las Vegas  - 7/13/2007

Introductions to include upholstered oversized chairs, sofas, loveseats, chaises and leather items plus leather chairs and lounges all with a contemporary modern edge.

Comfort Solutions Relocates Corporate Headquarters  - 7/13/2007

Comfort Solutions by King Koil will relocate its corporate headquarters to accommodate expected future growth.

M.G. Smith, Inc., & Maynards Partner To Hold Bankruptcy Sale For Furniture Direct  - 7/13/2007

It is anticipated that over $12 million dollars of furniture inventory will be liquidated over the next twelve weeks.

Mattress Firm Completes Acquisition of Nine-Store St. Louis Franchise Operation  - 7/13/2007

Completes the acquisition of nine franchise stores in St. Louis from the current franchise owner, Yotes, Inc.

Macy's Launches Trump Home™ At Herald Square Location  - 7/13/2007

Macy’s will become the first in the market to showcase this exclusive brand of furniture collections based on the life of Donald J. Trump.

Wickes Furniture, Samson Marketing Executives To Receive Top Honors  - 7/11/2007

Members of City of Hope’s Home Furnishings Industry group have named Wickes Furniture president and chief executive officer John Disa and Samson Marketing president and chief executive officer Kevin O’Connor as the recipients of City of Hope’s Spirit of Life® Award.

Framed Graphics & Wall Decor Provider To Exhibit At WMC Las Vegas  - 7/11/2007

PTM’s 2,800 square-foot permanent showroom is located in Building B-568.

Norwalk Furniture Announces Las Vegas Introductions  - 7/11/2007

Norwalk Furniture announced that it will expand its showcase of designer looks with a series of new silhouettes set to debut at Las Vegas Market.

Tara Massood Joins Thomasville Stores of New Jersey  - 7/11/2007

Tara Massood was named assistant business manager for Thomasville Stores of New Jersey’s East Hanover location, one of five in the area owned and operated by Plum Management, a joint property of brothers Mike and Eddie Massood.

Hillsdale Furniture Chooses Greatwide Distribution To Manage Downstream Supply Chain  - 7/11/2007

The agreement includes transportation, warehousing, pick and pack, and order fulfillment for the Louisville, KY-based leader in quality home furniture.

Audra Harrington Named Director of Marketing Services High Point Market Authority  - 7/11/2007

Formerly operations manager for Showplace, Harrington is a High Point native who has worked in the home furnishings industry for more than a decade.

Spring Air Announces Senior Leadership Team Appointments  - 7/11/2007

Kevin Damewood is executive vice president of sales, Jan Wettergren is senior vice president of manufacturing and Ron Lueptow is chief financial officer.

Robert Finger CEO Of Finger's Furniture Passes  - 7/10/2007

Chairman and CEO of the six store Houston based furniture chain passed away at the age of 62.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Third Quarter Decline  - 7/10/2007

Third quarter revenue drops by 6.3 percent following a return to profitability in the second quarter of 2007. Company opens first Ashley Furniture HomeStore.

La-Z-Boy Names New Treasurer  - 7/10/2007

Michael S. Skrzypczak will be responsible for all treasury functions, including cash management, credit, and banking relationships.

Haverty Furniture Reports June Comparable Store Sales Decline Of 5.1%  - 7/10/2007

Sales for the first six months of 2007 decreased 10.0%, but inventory levels remain "in check".

cmi Appoints Thayer Sales Executive – Business Development  - 7/10/2007

Thayer’s responsibilities include managing existing accounts largely throughout New England and the South.

ASID To Host Design Seminars on Trends, Obesity, Hospitality, and Heathy Homes  - 7/10/2007

Seminars will take place at the first-ever Neocon® Xpress L.A., August 22-23, at The Los Angeles Convention Center.

Sands Expo Welcomes 120 Global Exhibits to Las Vegas Market  - 7/9/2007

International exhibitors from Vietnam, Japan, Europe and Mexico will be among the 700 featured temporary exhibitors at Sands Expo.

Kathy Ireland Home® Supports Boys & Girls Clubs With Donation  - 7/9/2007

Donated furniture helped furnish the new Conrad Prebys Boys & Girls Clubhouse in Santee, California.

Magniflex To Introduce Line of Soy Based Memory Foams In Las Vegas  - 7/9/2007

“GeoEthic” has a soy-based visco-memory foam 10-inch mattress core, housed in a honey-colored, soy-based ticking.

Study Looks At How Small Retailers Can Compete Against Discounters  - 7/9/2007

Among other findings, the study posted to www.informedesign.umn.edu shows that consumers like stores that are easy to navigate, have clear and consistent display of product and allow ample room to search or examine merchandise.

Serta International Signs Licensing Agreement With Americana de Colchones  - 7/9/2007

Mattress brand will be sold in Colombia.

Slumberland Marks 40th Anniversary With Month-Long Celebration  - 7/9/2007

Slumberland will be giving away one $1,000 shopping spree for each of its 40 years in business.

Rugmark Publishes Socially Responsible Rug Buying Guide  - 7/9/2007

How to Buy a Rug guide makes it easier for individuals to buy handmade rugs that are both visually beautiful and ethically made.

MGM Transport Extends Reach As Part Of CF Holding Company  - 7/4/2007

MGM will continue to operate as an individual operating company, but will extend coverages and offer a larger set of capabilities and services.

High Point's Ecostyle Pavillion To Expand  - 7/3/2007

Merchandise Mart Properties again teams up with Sustainable Furniture Council to expand Green Pavilion at the Fall High Point Market.

Avoid Six Common Furniture Sales Mistakes  - 7/3/2007

Slowing down and listening when you reach business relationship speed bumps works better in the long run than always trying to swerve around them.

Healthy Back In Metro DC To Feature Magniflex  - 7/3/2007

Retailer to carry luxury brand that incorporates two interchangeable cores, each with a “softer” and “firmer” side to the blocks of foam.

Four Hands Expands Atlanta Showroom  - 7/3/2007

Coming off a record-setting show in January, the company picked up extra space adjacent to their long-standing showroom on the 11th floor.

Richard Diamond Hired As VP Furniture At Office Depot  - 7/3/2007

Mr. Diamond held senior level positions at Harvey Lewis Designs, H2O Furnishings, OfficeMax and Burdines.

World Market Center Announces July Market Events & Seminars  - 7/3/2007

Summer Las Vegas Market Lineup Features 50 Options for Seminars and Events

WHFA & NHFA Announce Campaign To Build Awareness Of Retail Resource Center  - 7/2/2007

The Retailer Resource Center, located at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, Building B, 16th Floor, occupies nearly 6,500 square feet of space filled with business services vendors, educational seminars and networking opportunities.

12th Annual ASFD Pinnacle Awards Deadline August 1st  - 7/2/2007

The 2007 Pinnacle entry forms and instructions can be downloaded at www.asfdpinnacle.com/downloads.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 7/2/2007

Report notes that there are "pockets" of good business, but shipments for the year are off 6.1 percent.

Las Vegas Market's Temporary Exhibitors At Sands Expo  - 7/2/2007

Venue to have a segmented format featuring 700 exhibitors in half a million square feet of exhibition space.

Thomasville Stores of New Jersey Rewards Top Writers  - 6/29/2007

Company rewards 16 of their top performing salespeople who performed well in a challenging economic environment.

Bradington-Young Promotes Four in Operations and Sales  - 6/29/2007

Subsidiary of Hooker Furniture Corporation, announces promotions of Ben Causey, Conrad Kerley, Dale Smith and Craig Young.

Simmons Bedding Company To Acquire Comfor-Pedic® Line Of Memory Foam Products  - 6/29/2007

Simmons’ market research has shown that 60 percent of consumers are aware of the memory foam category, with half of those considering a purchase.

Herman Miller Posts 32% Increase In Earnings Per Share  - 6/29/2007

Sales continued to grow in the fourth quarter, increasing 9.3% from the year-ago period and resulting in a 10.5% fiscal year increase.

First Palm Beach Furniture & Accessory Market Set For November  - 6/29/2007

The 1st Palm Beach Furniture & Accessory Market is open to buyers, interior designers and specialty stores from the furniture industry. Attendees will see and meet new sources exhibiting furniture, bedding, lighting and decorative accessories.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Opens Nominations For 2007 Inductees  - 6/29/2007

To make a nomination, members should submit a biography (500 words or less) of the nominee, along with a completed nomination form, and a black and white or color photo of the candidate.

Aurich Named VP of Global Manufacturing for Magnussen Home  - 6/29/2007

Aurich joins Magnussen Home from Lexington Home Brands where he held a number of positions since 2001.

WithIt Education Conference In Charlotte, NC Promises Power Lineup  - 6/29/2007

The three-day conference will feature a keynote address by national speaker Melissa Galt and a closing panel discussion featuring a trio of home furnishings stars titled, “Branding across the Channels : Three Perspectives on Making it Happen.”

Spring Air Merges With Consolidated Bedding  - 6/29/2007

The unified Company will employ 1,150 employees in 14 locations, including its headquarters facility that will remain in the Chicago area.

Embrace Mistakes So Your Furniture Store Can Thrive  - 6/29/2007

Hand out monthly humorous awards to your people (and yourself!) for boneheaded moves... an other suggestions to change the culture in which mistakes are considered the end of the world.

LaJobi Industries, Inc. Hires Barbara Rogers as Director of Marketing  - 6/29/2007

Designer, manufacturer and distributor of leading brands of juvenile furniture, announced that Barbara Rogers has joined the company as Director of Marketing.

Best Selling Furniture Designs From FURNITURE WORLD Magazine - June 2007  - 6/26/2007

In each issue of FURNITURE WORLD, best selling furniture and accessory designs are featured. Download the attached pdf file to see photos, text and contact information.

When Good Customer Service Rules Go Bad  - 6/26/2007

If you only train your employees to routinely do things without understanding the subtleties and context of their actions, you run the risk that they’ll do the right things but in the wrong way.

Serta Champions New Mattress Flammability Standard  - 6/26/2007

Company provides list of issues regarding flammability that consumers should know before purchasing a new mattress.

Global Energy Expert & Top Management Guru To Headline AHFA Conference  - 6/26/2007

The Suppliers Division of the American Home Furnishings Alliance announced a powerhouse conference condensed into a compact 8-hour time frame in August.

Cargill’s BiOH Polyols Technology Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from U.S. EPA  - 6/26/2007

Derived from natural vegetable oils such as soybean oil, BiOH polyols help the furnishing industry to reduce their environmental footprint and market their responsible choice to downstream customers.

Rustic Pavilion to Debut in Suites at Market Square  - 6/26/2007

Dick Idol Partners signs on to be the anchor at the inaugural Rustic Pavilion at the Suites at Market Square, High Point.

Don Coleman Elected President American Furniture Hall of Fame  - 6/25/2007

Membership in AFHF, an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the furniture industry is now open to all home furnishings industry companies, organizations and individuals that do business in the United States.

Don Webb Joins Broyhill As Executive VP of Sales & Merchandising  - 6/25/2007

Webb will be responsible for unifying Broyhill’s sales and merchandising efforts, and charged with creating a Center of Excellence.

AHFA Suppliers Division Names Scholorship Winners  - 6/25/2007

The scholarship program is open to children of regular, full-time employees of AHFA member companies.

Furniture Values International CFO Ray Crocker Passes  - 6/25/2007

Chief Financial Officer Olin Ray Crocker died unexpectedly at age 53. FVI distributes aspenhome™ brand home furnishings products.

World Market Center Upgrades Transportation Plan for Summer Market  - 6/25/2007

Executives report that they are taking comprehensive steps to accommodate future growth and increased traffic flow at the Las Vegas Show.

Fumarelli Named President of Holly Hunt Luxury Furniture  - 6/25/2007

Luxury brand is sold to the interior design trade through fourteen showrooms nationwide.

NeoCon Breaks Attendance Records  - 6/25/2007

52,632 individuals attended the biggest NeoCon event to date.

World Market Center Offers Discounted Air Fares To July Vegas Show  - 6/23/2007

Show management partners with several international and domestic airline carriers to offer substantial discounts.

Norwalk Furniture Adds The Furniture Idea Franchises In VA, CO and BC  - 6/23/2007

The recent franchise activity brings Norwalk’s store count to 64. The company also separately owns and operates six Norwalk stores in the U.S.

GPS Furniture - Sunset Trading Files Chapter 11  - 6/22/2007

New Hampshire based importer runs into problems.

Bob's Discount Furniture Teams Up With The Pajama Program  - 6/22/2007

Retailer teams up with The Pajama Program to create a pajama and book donation drive for needy children around the world.

Challenge Of Leading Different Generations In The Workplace  - 6/22/2007

To effectively lead your staff despite generational differences and encourage others to learn from the diversity of the group, consider the following guidelines.

Leading International Journalists to Attend Summer Las Vegas Market  - 6/21/2007

Journalist members of The International Alliance of Furnishings Publications (IAFP) will meet this summer in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the Summer 2007 Las Vegas Market at World Market Center.

La-Z-Boy Reports First Quarter Sales Decline  - 6/20/2007

Company expects sales for the fiscal 2008 year to be down 5% to 10% compared with fiscal 2007. Continues focus on lean manufacturing and global sourcing to maintain margins.

STORIS Announces 200th Vision R8 Client  - 6/20/2007

Vision R8 takes the STORIS application and presents it to users in a Windows-based, point and click environment.

Guildcraft Of California Execs Honored at City Of Hope Tennis Benefit  - 6/20/2007

16th annual West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament benefits City of Hope; honors Sidney Blitz, Larry Quilling, Arthur Fink, and Robert “Bobby” Papazian.

Mecklenburg Furniture & Boll Furniture To Use PFP For Closing Events  - 6/20/2007

Two venerable upscale retailers choose to close doors voluntarily due to changing demographics and the overall business climate.

Five Pillars Of Digital Marketing  - 6/19/2007

Integrate the tried and true “old media” outlets with the emerging “new media” to get more consumer engagement and better results from your advertising dollars.

Mattress Firm to Expand in Indianapolis with Acquisition  - 6/19/2007

Company purchases current leases of three Indianapolis-area Sweet Dreams Mattress Center locations.

Hooker Taps Alan Cole for New Executive Position in Upholstery  - 6/19/2007

Cole will oversee the operations of Hooker Furniture (HFC) subsidiaries Bradington-Young and Sam Moore Furniture.

Praley Street Wholesale Group Finds Niche In Medium-High Scratch & Dent Furniture Market  - 6/19/2007

Wholesale group caters to retailers looking to cherry-pick medium-high end lines -- buy small quantities -- imperfect items.

The Furniture Training Company Releases Much Anticipated Sales Training Program  - 6/19/2007

Self-directed furniture sales training program delivered online to every furniture sales associate

Select Comfort Launches Enhanced Sleep Number Beds  - 6/18/2007

Company says that the introductions are more comfortable and have a fresh, clean, more contemporary design.

Sam Moore Furniture Appoints Sales and Merchandising Executives  - 6/18/2007

Frank Richardson has been named Vice President of Sales for Sam Moore, and Erin Dooley has been named Vice President of Merchandising.

Durham Furniture Consolidates, Cuts 80 Jobs  - 6/18/2007

Starting in July, Durham Furniture will cut 80 jobs and institute other austerity measures.

Longtime Furniture Rep, R.A. "Tex" Craven Passes  - 6/18/2007

He represented Fairfield Chair in Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas for over 50 years.

Magnussen Home Furnishings Receives Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Certification  - 6/15/2007

Voluntary program focuses on improving security standards for international supply chains and ensuring U.S. border security.

E-Mail Protocol For Furniture Retailers  - 6/15/2007

Establish some law and order by developing an e-mail protocol, whether you are a giant retail chain or a mom and pop store.

Home Improvement Star To Headline 50th Anniversary AWFS Fair Awards Ceremony  - 6/15/2007

Richard Karn, best known for his role as Al Borland, the lovable sidekick of Tim Allen’s character on the nineties hit sitcom Home Improvement, will add his star luster to the 50th Anniversary Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Fair Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.

cmi To Redesign Atlanta, High Point & Vegas Showrooms  - 6/15/2007

Company incorporates a “natural” theme and chooses furniture and items made from sustainable materials.

Ethan Allen Introduces Group Targeted At Metro Lifestyles  - 6/15/2007

Modern new collection of low-profile silhouettes marketed for use in metro lifestyles and smaller spaces.

CSIL Reports On Chinese Furniture Industry  - 6/15/2007

CSIL report provides data on, and highlights strengths and weaknesses of furniture industry in China.

Bob's Discount Furniture Collects Pajamas and Books For Kids  - 6/14/2007

Fast growing furniture retailer is teaming-up with The Pajama Program to create a pajama and book donation drive for needy children around the world.

Natuzzi Cuts Back Production Hours  - 6/14/2007

Reacting to challenging business conditions affecting all of their major markets, Natuzzi is cutting back hours at Italian plants by 37.5%.

Furniture Brands International Boosts Net Sales Estimate  - 6/14/2007

Company expects net sales to decline 12% instead of the previous estimate of 15% for second quarter.

The Friedman Group Launches Retail E-Newsletter  - 6/14/2007

Retail-specific monthly electronic newsletter, will be available at no charge to retail executives.

Furniture Brands International CEO W.G. (Mickey) Holliman Announces Retirement  - 6/14/2007

John T. (Tom) Foy continues to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Report Says Sleepy's To Buy Rockaway Bedding  - 6/14/2007

Report says that 74 profitable stores will continue to operate.

La-Z-Boy Canada Teams Up With THE QUILT To Raise Money For Breast Cancer Survivors  - 6/13/2007

The company has signed on to host traveling exhibits of 120 quilts scheduled to visit 12 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores in Canada from May until October.

Retailer Chapter 1 Opens Free-Standing Zocalo Living Gallery  - 6/13/2007

Free standing Zocalo store opens in Hartford, CT.

Bailey Street Acquires Mirador Intangible Assets - Dan Wistehuff Joins Bailey Street  - 6/12/2007

The deal includes among other assets the rights to Mirador’s designs, manufacturing and process drawings, trade marks and the rights to manufacture and market their past and present product assortment.

Worker Retention: Your Most Important Competitive Edge  - 6/12/2007

The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a deficit of 10 million workers by 2010. The competition for workers will be intense. Losing good employees to “better offers” will be a constant problem.

High Point University Students Consult On Furniture Museum Project  - 6/12/2007

Furniture exhibit is slated to open in 2009, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the City of High Point.

Randy Lavercombe Joins Broyhill As VP Sales  - 6/11/2007

Lavercombe, who has spent more than 30 years in the furniture industry, joins Broyhill from Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

A.R.T. Announces HP Showroom Move  - 6/11/2007

A 37,000 square foot showroom on the second floor of Plaza Suites on Main Street will open during the High Point Market this fall.

Furniture Values International Receives The QAD Rev’d Up Award  - 6/11/2007

aspenhome’s parent company, Furniture Values International (FVI), received the Rev’d Up award for their continuous improvement in completing a major upgrade to increase their productivity and analytics.

William Grenewald Joins Las Vegas Design Center as General Manager  - 6/11/2007

After the opening of Building C in July 2008, Grenewald will oversee a Las Vegas Design Center that includes 1 million square feet serving both the residential and hospitality design industries.

Spiglanin Joins Verlo Mattress As Retail Marketing Coordinater  - 6/11/2007

Spiglanin will be responsible for providing administrative marketing support, product performance analysis and visual merchandising support for the nation’s largest Craftsman-Direct® mattress retailer.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Opens Up Membership To All US Businesses  - 6/11/2007

Membership includes eligibility to vote for inductees into the American Furniture Hall of Fame, and the opportunity to help preserve the history and heritage of the industry.

Retailer Sleep Country USA's Second-Annual Event Draws More Than 630 Participants  - 6/11/2007

More than 630 individuals rolled out of bed and into the bowling alley to help area children in foster care.

ABC Carpet & Home Opens Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon Gallery  - 6/11/2007

ABC Home will have the first complete retail presentation of this collection in the New York Metropolitan area.

Paksnwi Furniture Opens Warehouse In South Florida  - 6/11/2007

Company that previously sold container direct only from China now has plans to expand distribution in the US starting with the Florida/Caribbean market.

Mattress Firm of 16-Store American Mattress  - 6/8/2007

The acquisition further solidifies Mattress Firm’s leadership position in its hometown of Houston, increasing its store count there to more than 50 locations.

Laneventure To Introduce Leeds Castle Collection  - 6/8/2007

Introductions will be made at the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market in Chicago and in High Point at the Fall 2007 International Furniture Market.

High Point "Golden Ticket" Promotion To Give 5-Night Hotel Stay To 10 Lucky Retailers  - 6/7/2007

Hidden somewhere inside the thousands of envelopes are ten gold tickets and each gold ticket entitles the recipient to five free nights at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons during Market week.

Rep Association IHFRA Announces New Major Medical Plan Benefit  - 6/7/2007

ISI will also offer a new Simplified Issue Whole Life insurance program that would complement the Major Medical package to achieve maximal tax benefits.

Joel Cochrane Joins Bermex As VP Sales  - 6/7/2007

Along with Mr. Albin E. Grundner, Vice-President of Sales for North East United States, Mr. Cochrane will find new innovative ways to expand business.

BDM + Furniture Inc. Purchases Dining Manufacturer Mi-Di  - 6/7/2007

With the purchase of Mi-Di, BDM + Furniture Inc. counts three dining room divisions (Bermex and Dinec already being well-known in United States).

Hooker Furniture Reports Reduced Sales, Earnings for 2008 First Quarter  - 6/7/2007

Company expects sluggish retail conditions to continue at least through the summer months.

Bedding Retailer Sit n’ Sleep Introduces "Cool Gel" Line  - 6/7/2007

Sit n’ Sleep is now carrying Dormia's “CoolGel” lineup its 27 Los Angles-area showrooms.

Brin Perryman Joins World Market Center as Leasing Manager  - 6/6/2007

Most recently, Perryman served as western regional sales manager for Furniture Today magazine.

Channel Logic, Sustainable Furniture Council And Las Vegas Market Center Create Living Green Pavillion  - 6/6/2007

As part of the Design and Living section at the Sands Convention Center, Living Green will showcase stylish and functional home furnishing designs available from several manufacturers.

Meadoff Award Presented To Harris Kirsh At GNYHFA Golf Outing  - 6/6/2007

The Meadoff Award For Sportsmanship is one of the most coveted Awards in the furniture industry.

Ruelle's Furniture to Close After 34 Years of Business in Milwaukee  - 6/5/2007

The store owner, Mr. Ruelle, has been telling customers he is going fishing, but is not selling his well known furniture truck.

Haverty Furniture Reports May Sales Decrease of 14.2%  - 6/5/2007

Full service retailer faced difficult comparisons against last year's strong May comparable sales increase of 17.9%.

Standardize They Way Retail Associates Perform Their Tasks  - 6/5/2007

Documented policies give associates a place to go to find answers to their questions if they are unsure about how to perform a task.

Time To Reappraise Retail Performance Appraisals  - 6/5/2007

Most annual reviews are dreaded events. And when finally implemented (frequently, several months late), they can be awkward in tone and inadequate in detail.

IPSA Introduces Mattress Safety Hangtags For Open Flame Standard  - 6/5/2007

The bright yellow hangtags, entitled “Don’t Go To Sleep Yet … Eight Things You Need to Know About Your Mattress,” highlight safety messages regarding smoking, matches, candles, space heaters, electrical cords, sleeping with babies, and the disposal of plastic wrapping and old mattresses.

Julius Feinblum To Speak In NYC On Retail Real Estate Issues  - 6/5/2007

Julius Feinblum, of Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate, Inc., will lead off the retail networking event hosted by the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association, by speaking on issues that every furniture retailer in the Northeast and Mid Atlanatic area should know about.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 6/4/2007

72 percent of furniture manufacturers and distributors in study reported decreased orders for month.

Retailbuyers.com Announces Sweepstakes to Win Attendance at Annual WithIt Education Conference  - 6/4/2007

The winner will receive free registration to the two-day event, as well as two night’s hotel accommodation at the Charlotte Renaissance Suites Hotel.

AmericasMart To Showcase Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Products  - 6/4/2007

July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market to show a select collection of more than 300 products.

AHFA Marketing Meeting To Be Held In Baltimore  - 6/4/2007

“Breakthrough Marketing” is the theme of the August AHFA seminar. The meeting is open to all manufacturing, retail and marketing companies.

Zocalo® Opens Warehouse In Indonesia  - 6/4/2007

The warehouse will hold Zocalo’s best-selling collections Sterling Park®, Cinnamon Bay® and Breckenridge™.

Capel Names Laura Freitag Sales Manager, Central Region  - 6/4/2007

Freitag is a third-generation sales representative and is one of five family members currently selling home furnishings on the road.

Mattress Firm to Acquire Nine-Store St. Louis Franchise Operation  - 6/4/2007

The planned acquisition of the St. Louis franchise will bring Mattress Firm’s corporate-owned store count to 339 in 26 markets.

World Market Center (Las Vegas) Installs On Site Recycling Center  - 6/4/2007

At the last show in January, World Market Center recycled 350 tons of cardboard alone.

High Point Announces Spring & Fall Market Dates  - 6/2/2007

Modifications to Market’s calendar were made in response to results of an in-depth industry research project launched late last year.

FabricTech 2000 Introduces Pillow Protector With Air Filter Technology  - 6/2/2007

Includes a patent pending air-filtration membrane that traps allergens, dust mites, germs and impurities before they reach either the pillow or the consumer.

BIFMA Announces the Election of New Directors  - 5/31/2007

Established in 1973, BIFMA's mission is to advocate, inform and develop standards for the North American office and institutional furniture industry.

Porters Of Racine Celebrates 150th Anniversary  - 5/31/2007

The highlight of Porters of Racine’s anniversary celebration is the $25,000 furniture shopping spree, to be awarded this Fall.

SPSC and ISPA To Combine Operations  - 5/31/2007

Move joining two major bedding associations will enhance the industry’s safety and research initiatives.

Huhn joins Darafeev as Director of Sales & Marketing  - 5/31/2007

Former Oakwood Interiors executive joins Darafeev, a manufacturer of high-end game chairs and tables, barstools and bars.

Survey Reveals Men Have Different Mattress Needs  - 5/30/2007

Women are the primary bedding decision makers, yet 38% of their partners are unhappy with their choices.

Oriental Accent, Inc. Redesigns Dallas Showroom  - 5/30/2007

The new design showcases its “Dallas Living” concept, an over the top, fully furnished retail store concept.

Viewit Launches North America's First Comprehensive 3D Online Design Tool  - 5/30/2007

3Dream.net™ is available to furniture industry professionals including interior designers, retailers and decorators. The monthly subscription service starts at only $39 (USD) per month and a free thirty-day trial period is offered to test-drive the program.

Riverside Announces New Senior Management Team  - 5/30/2007

J. Scott Ostrander has been named president, replacing longtime president, Howard J. Spradlin, who remains as Riverside’s Chief Executive Officer.

Furniture Staging In Homes For Sale Works For Brook Furniture Rental  - 5/30/2007

The promise of staging is that the improved appearance of the home offered for sale will shorten the time the house is on the market and will support the home’s stated value.

Living Green Pavillion To Debut At Summer Las Vegas Market  - 5/30/2007

World Market Center has teamed up with the Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC) to organize the pavilion.

Colony House Furniture To Begin Remerchandising Sale Event  - 5/30/2007

Retailer is selling off floor and warehouse stock so that the store can be reopened fresh merchandise.

Trump Home Lighting Previews at Dallas International Lighting Show  - 5/30/2007

The preview of the Trump Home lighting collection will include over 40 SKUs, and will be available through Elk Lighting and select dealers by Fall 2007.

Magnussen Promotes Bruce Ballantyne to CFO  - 5/29/2007

Ballantyne joined Magnussen Home in 1988 as vice president, finance and administration.

Bombay Announces New $10 Million Term Loan  - 5/29/2007

The new loan will provide incremental liquidity to fund working capital requirements and other corporate needs.

Joseph Noble To Host Fabric & Furniture Preview Party at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art  - 5/29/2007

Event on June 10th, just before NeoCon begins, will highlight renewable and biodegradable fabrics.

Philips and Service Lamp Corp Wow Retailers With Lighting Seminar  - 5/29/2007

Among the participants to this complimentary , day-long seminar were top retail managers and operations specialists.

Wolf Furniture Opens in State College, PA  - 5/29/2007

Largest furniture store in the region, employs approximately 30, including sales associates, office personnel, warehouse, housekeeping and managers.

Furniture Bank Association, Help1Up Offers $100 Sponsorship Donation Level With Benefits  - 5/25/2007

Now every industry retailer, supplier and rep can help to make sure that no child has to sleep on the floor... get listed as a "friend" on the Help1up.org website and receive a Help1Up lapel pin.

Leggett & Platt Announces New President, Consumer Product Group  - 5/24/2007

The Consumer Products Group, includes Fashion Bed, Steel Bedding Support and Top of Bed linens and accessories.

Three La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Stores Open In South Florida  - 5/24/2007

Eight La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries locations now serve South Florida.

Ed Farquharson Named Vice President Of Furniture Importer Eztia  - 5/24/2007

Formerly with Sears and Kroehler, Mr. Farquharson will lead the Eztia sales force, be responsible for major accounts and buying groups.

High Point Market Secures Discounted Hotel Rooms  - 5/24/2007

Thirty-six hotels in the Piedmont Triad region, all with easy access to the High Point Market, are participating in the program.

Natuzzi Reports 27.3% American Net Sales Quarterly Decrease  - 5/24/2007

As a percentage of sales, gross margin decreased at 30.5 percent from 34.3 percent reported for the first quarter of last year.

Rose Furniture, High Point Closes Doors  - 5/24/2007

Last year the company, which has three locations in High Point, said that it might file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Howard Miller Announces Las Vegas Showroom  - 5/24/2007

The space, located in Building A of the Las Vegas World Market, The showroom will be shared between Howard Miller and Hekman®, a Howard Miller company.

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) Announces Officers  - 5/23/2007

Jim Nation of The Spring Air Company has assumed the chair position, and Charlie Eitel of Simmons Bedding Company is now vice chair of the ISPA Board.

Conference Will Feature Developments In Flame Retardancy & Regulations  - 5/23/2007

Furniture manufacturers will find a full slate of stimulating presentations relating to new developments in flame retardant technology and regulations, “green” technologies and viscoelastic (memory) foams.

The Secret to Setting and Achieving Your Goals  - 5/23/2007

The way to make your goals a reality is by empowering yourself with intellectual, emotional and practical tools, and converting them into habits.

IKEA Plans To Open 4th Store in Southeast and 1st in Carolinas  - 5/22/2007

Construction of the future IKEA Charlotte can begin in Spring 2008, with a possible opening in Spring 2009.

Daniel Lynch Sales Company Changes Name To The Lynch Sales Company  - 5/22/2007

This is the fourth time the company has updated its name and logo in its nearly 100 years and three generations of existence.

Leggett & Platt Enlists Ergonomic Experts To Research Science Of Sleep  - 5/22/2007

Study finds increased risk of death among those who slept less than six hours a night.

Furniture First to Hold National Membership Meeting  - 5/21/2007

Furniture First’s agenda for both meetings will include topics such as advertising ideas, private labeling, operational idea-sharing and networking amongst its members.

Denise L. Ramos Steps Down As Senior Vice President Furniture Brands  - 5/21/2007

The company will begin a search for a replacement and will evaluate internal and external candidates.

Bruce Lauritsen, Longtime Flexsteel Leader Dies  - 5/21/2007

Lauritsen was a dedicated leader whose optimism and affability made him as well-liked as he was widely respected.

Wickes Furniture Opens First Downtown Chicago Flagship Showroom  - 5/21/2007

The two-story showroom is located at 2606 North Elston Avenue and carries a full line of living, bedroom and dining room groups as well as mattresses and home accessories.

WHFA Conference Attracts 300  - 5/21/2007

The Retailer-to-Retailer Roundtables provided an intimate atmosphere for an exchange of best ideas and solutions, moderated by Ron Wolinsky of Profitability Consulting.

Sleepy's Settles Consumer Complaints - Offers To Buy Rockaway Bedding  - 5/18/2007

Sleepy's settles $200,000 in outstanding deceptive sales tactics charges. Chain offers to purchase competitor in Chapter 11.

Furniture First Adds 9 New Members  - 5/18/2007

The addition of these 9 members brings Furniture First up 135 stockholders with nearly 300 storefronts.

Leath To Close Remaining 18 Stores  - 5/18/2007

Planned Furniture Promotions, Inc. has been selected to manage the going out of business sales to Begin May, 24, 2007 at all 18 locations.

Environment Furniture Announces Store Openings On East & West Coast  - 5/18/2007

EFI uses sustainable materials and responsible processes to create aesthetically sophisticated designs with a true organic quality. The new showrooms are the company’s first freestanding retail outlets using conscious design throughout.

Mattress Firm Withdraws Letter of Intent to Acquire Mattress Discounters  - 5/17/2007

Mattress Firm plans to focus on organic growth in current markets.

Legacy Classic Opens High Point Distribution Center  - 5/17/2007

347,000 sq ft high cube facility is designed to distribute Legacy Classic products on the national level.

Second World Furniture Congress To Be Held In Shanghai  - 5/17/2007

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony of the 13th China International Furniture Expo, which will open its doors on the morning of September 12.

Jane Hamley Wells Hires Ashley Atkinson As Sales Executive  - 5/17/2007

Atkinson will focus on strengthening relationships with design channels in the Chicago and Midwest territory, primarily top-tier A&D firms.

University Loft To Open Warehouse & Manufacturing Facility  - 5/17/2007

The 508,000 square foot facility, slated to open Fall 2007 will include small showrooms that that match the needs of University Loft’s diverse customer base.

IPSA Predicts Modest Growth In Mattress & Foundation Shipments  - 5/17/2007

This quarter’s data extends a trend of declining or flat unit shipments and increasing revenues, which began in the second quarter of 2006.

Rick Rodgers Promoted To Assistant VP, Distribution at Haverty Furniture  - 5/17/2007

Prior to joining Havertys, he was with Home Depot Supply as director of operations for twenty-one distribution centers across the United States.

Tempur-Pedic Unveils New Television Ad Campaign  - 5/17/2007

Tempur-Pedic's new integrated brand campaign will be centered around the strong connection between sleep and wellness.

Bob's Discount Furniture To Open 7th Massachusetts Store  - 5/17/2007

Coffee mugs and T-shirts will be given away. Customers can also enjoy free food and beverages at the store's Café along with entertainment at the video arcade.

High Point Market Dates Return To April & October  - 5/16/2007

The change in the High Point Market calendar will begin with the April 2008 Market.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports First Quarter Sales Decrease  - 5/15/2007

Company is in the process of integrating its decentralized operations into a single functional organization and shifting its U.S. manufacturing operations to greater use of imported goods and built-to-order manufacturing capabilities.

Feng Shui Expert Offers Feng Shui Decorating Tips for Bedroom  - 5/15/2007

Hints and tips for better sleep using feng shui in the bedroom. An expert feng shui consultant suggests how bed placement, sharp angles, electromagnetic fields, and objects that recall bad memories can affect a good night's rest.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Announces "Ugly Sofa" Winner  - 5/14/2007

Winner wrote best essay and won a new sofa from the Braintree, MA based retail chain.

Magnussen Home Restructures Sales Management Team  - 5/14/2007

The restructuring is part of an overall consolidation of Magnussen Home’s management team to fully integrate sales, merchandising and marketing.

New York City Council Considers Furniture Store Licensing  - 5/14/2007

GNYHFA is reviewing the legislation and plans to discuss it's potential impact on New York City retailers.

Genesis Software Systems Unveils Software Backup Service  - 5/11/2007

WebLink Backup automatically creates secure backups for its users on an off-site server. Storing the backup data off-site protects against calamities like fire or theft at the business site.

‘Designer Match’ at World Market Center Connects Consumers to Qualified Interior Designers  - 5/11/2007

Following a short orientation on what consumers should look for when hiring a designer from Cindy L. Payne, ASID, CID, of Las Vegas-based Project Design Interiors, attendees will be introduced to a variety of pre-screened interior designers in an innovative “speed dating” format.

O’Mara Introduces Polyester Yarns Made From Reclaimed Bottles  - 5/11/2007

Environmental benefits of its 100% post-consumer content are far greater than those of merely “recycled” products.

Beverly Hall Furniture Galleries Announces Remerchandising and Remodeling Sale  - 5/11/2007

Partners with Daniel Lynch Sales Company for 6 week event to help keep inventory levels clean and balanced.

ASID and Southern Accents Residential Design Contest  - 5/11/2007

Interested designers can enter in one of four categories: living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor spaces.

La-Z-Boy Names New Corporate Controller  - 5/11/2007

Margaret ("Peg") Mueller takes the place of Mark Copping, who has left the company.

Select Comfort Chief Marketing Officer Steps Down  - 5/11/2007

Collier joined Select Comfort in July 2005 from La-Z-Boy, Inc., where he was chief marketing officer and vice president of marketing and furniture galleries development.

New Jersey Assembly Considers Upholstered Furniture Flamability Regulations  - 5/11/2007

Fire safety regulations would adopt California standards for residential and contract upholstered furnishings.

World Market Center Names Georgia Davis New Business Development Director  - 5/11/2007

Davis comes to Las Vegas with 21 years of industry experience and relationships from her previous position as executive vice president of the Dallas Market Center.

RoomStore To Expand Online Product Knowledge Training Program  - 5/11/2007

RoomStore will expand its use of the interactive multimedia training program to teach case goods, upholstered furniture, beds, bedding, fibers, fabric, leather furniture, and rug product knowledge in 25 Mid-Atlantic States stores.

Restoration Hardware, Inc. Reports Slower Than Expected First Quarter Growth  - 5/10/2007

The Company expects first quarter net revenues to be slower than expected; a 7% growth rate.

Simmons Announces Resignation of Gary S. Matthews  - 5/10/2007

Charlie Eitel will assume Mr. Matthews’ responsibilities. The Company is not seeking a replacement at this time.

Magnussen Home To Start Shipping From New Asian Distribution Center  - 5/9/2007

Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the program will initially serve a limited number of customers who are committed to a planned forecast of orders.

AHFA Focuses On California Formaldehyde Wood Products Compliance Issue  - 5/9/2007

Regulations to require foreign and domestic composite wood manufacturers to certify their products by a “third party” lab approved by the Air Resources Board. Also, all products must be clearly labeled as meeting the emission requirements.

Appreciate Your Employees Today and Every Day  - 5/9/2007

Research has consistently shown that people will not give their best for money alone, but they will work harder and with more passion, for recognition and a bit of appreciation.

IKEA Grows It's Presence In The Midwest  - 5/8/2007

The 339,000-square-foot future IKEA West Chester and its 1,400 parking spaces will be built on 28 acres.

Futon Association International To Become Permanent World Market Center Exhibitor  - 5/8/2007

FAI will once again bring their FAST Expo – Futon and specialty sleep trade show back to Pavilion 3, alongside the Specialty Sleep Association in Las Vegas.

Conn's Inc. Reports Furniture Sales Up For Quarter  - 5/8/2007

Same store sales were flat, as expected, compared to an unusually strong quarter last year, but furniture sales growth outpaced other categories.

La-Z-Boy Honors High Performing Stores  - 5/7/2007

La-Z-Boy honored the owners of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries with the top sales growth during calendar year 2006.

Get Your Customers to Sell For You  - 5/7/2007

Fully 84 percent of sales in America take place as the result of word-of-mouth advertising.

Las Vegas Market Named to Tradeshow Week’s Top 200  - 5/7/2007

The July 2006 edition of the Las Vegas Market ranked number 26 on this year’s list.

Four Hands Makes Ninth Annual ICIC - INC. Inner City 100 List  - 5/7/2007

Four Hands is ranked #50 on the list of the fastest growing inner-city companies in America with a total growth of more than 250% over the past five years.

Bombay Company's Future In Doubt, Says Audit Report  - 5/7/2007

Company looks at options for returning to profitability and positive cash flow.

Second AHFA Global Supply Chain Management Conference Set For July  - 5/7/2007

Event will take place July 12-14 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and is open to all manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to the industry.

Canwood Launches Contract Division  - 5/6/2007

Producer of youth and adult bedroom, home office, home entertainment and occasional in solid Canadian Lodgepole Pine to focus on institutional and commercial sales.

Fundamentals of Furniture Product Knowledge Receives Online Education Award  - 5/4/2007

The Furniture Training Company, has been awarded the 2007 Best Educational Software Award by the ComputED Learning Center in the category of vocational education.

Zocalo Donates Furniture To Hit TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"  - 5/4/2007

The episode featured the Westbrook family, who were in need of a home renovation due to tragic circumstances.

Bush Industries Announces Design Department Restructuring  - 5/4/2007

Joe Ruedinger has been promoted to the position of Director of Product Design for the maker of ready-to-assemble and OfficeReady™ furniture for home and office.

April Sales Decreases 17.1% For Haverty Furniture  - 5/3/2007

Weakest month for Haverty exacerbated by the continued sluggish housing market.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 5/2/2007

New orders in February 2007 were 4 percent below February 2006 levels following a 7 percent decline in January and a 6 percent decline in December

AFHA Finance Meeting Set For June In Myrtle Beach  - 5/2/2007

A broad-based program touching on the economy, China, management issues, trends in information technology and global logistics is planned.

Mattress Firm Acquires 16-Store American Mattress  - 5/2/2007

Expansion in Houston brings the company’s total store count to more than 390 stores in 33 markets across 20 states.

SF Mart To Host Sustainablity Seminar  - 5/2/2007

Architect and designer Sarah Nettleton will give a trade-only presentation at the San Francisco Mart in June.

Make the Most of "White Space" In Your Business Day  - 5/2/2007

Successful furniture executives use "white space" as a time to brainstorm new ideas or work on things outside their normal job scope.

Leading Design & Branding Firm GRID2 Develops Furniture Retail Store Division  - 5/2/2007

Jennifer Magee is senior associate responsible for developing a furniture retail store-specific division and will provide leadership for all furniture client projects.

Ardley Hall Taps Gillis for New National Sales Post  - 5/2/2007

Gillis previously held sales posts with Maitland-Smith and John Richard, covering commercial accounts throughout the South.

Entries Sought for Furniture Concept Design Award  - 5/2/2007

International and ASEAN Country designers and students to compete for awards, cash, internships with Singapore based companies and exposure.

Buyers Market of American Craft Announces New Dates  - 5/2/2007

The nation’s largest wholesale craft show, announced that it is shifting its summer show dates to Saturday through Monday, August 4-6.

IHFRA’s Kathy Parks Appointed to NFBA Board  - 5/2/2007

Representing dozens of furniture banks across the country, the NFBA facilitates Help1Up, the home furnishings industry’s free, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly used furniture removal service for the general public.

Furniture Brands International First Quarter Sales Drop 13%  - 5/2/2007

Net earnings for the first quarter were $2.9 million, down from $30.2 million in the first quarter of last year.

Stop Satisfying Your Customers. Go Above & Beyond Their Expectations  - 5/2/2007

Here’s the good news: Some of the most effective ways to “surprise and delight” your customers will cost you little or nothing. All you need is just the right intent and a bit of creativity.

Decorize, Inc. Trading Suspended by AMEX  - 5/1/2007

Company CEO states that Decorize is moving to OTCBB and the suspension is not a reflection of poor operating results.

West Coast Casual Furniture Pre-Market Grows  - 5/1/2007

Many more new outdoor furniture products to be seen at the July show.

Dale Silverman To Retire As Head Of AWFS  - 5/1/2007

Angelo Gangone, AWFS vice president of trade shows has been formally selected to replace Silverman as Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers executive vice president.

Magnussen Home Names James V. DeRose VP Merchandising  - 5/1/2007

Prior to joining Magnussen Home, DeRose was merchandise manager for wood products for Lane Furniture Industries, Inc.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Receives BBB Torch Award  - 5/1/2007

The Torch Award honors remarkable businesses committed to promoting ethical business practices.

Better Sleep Month Survey Highlights Link between Sleep and Work Performance  - 5/1/2007

Study shows that your customers can benefit at work from better sleep, and that a new mattress can help. Also tips for a better sleep environment.

La-Z-Boy Completes Sale of Sam Moore to Hooker Furniture  - 4/30/2007

Sam Moore, a 63-year-old company owned since 1998 by La-Z-Boy, is based in Bedford, Virginia and produces upscale occasional chairs.

High Point Pre-Market Date Revision  - 4/27/2007

The official dates for Pre-Market have been revised to Monday, August 20, 2007 through Tuesday, August 21, 2007.

2007 Annual ASFD Pinnacle™ Awards Entries Available  - 4/27/2007

The awards honor outstanding design in home furnishings by recognizing talented and creative furniture designers.

Furniture Brands International Announces Executive and Workforce Reductions  - 4/27/2007

Eighty executive and administrative positions cut. Thomasville Furniture plants consolidated.

Room & Board Announces Student Design Competion Winner  - 4/27/2007

Since 2003, Room & Board has sponsored the MCAD design award to support and encourage the continuing education and development of talented young designers.

Select Comfort Reports First Quarter Results  - 4/27/2007

Net sales growth from new store openings and the company’s retail partner program more than offset an 11 percent decrease in comparable-store sales.

China International Furniture Exhibition Set For September  - 4/24/2007

Two additional exhibition halls will add 250,000 square feet of floor space to the show expected to draw over 70,000 visitors.

Ethan Allen Announces Third Quarter Sales Decline  - 4/24/2007

Net quarterly delivered sales for the Company’s Retail division decreased 0.3% while Wholesale sales decreased 10.6%.

Flexsteel Reports 15% Decrease In Quarterly Residential Net Sales  - 4/24/2007

Soft results in residential and vehicle markets impacted the Company’s third fiscal quarter.

Apartments.com Survey Reveals Renter Decorating Plans  - 4/24/2007

The majority of renters, sixty-five percent, plan to spend $500 or less on their decorating budget while eighteen percent of respondents will spend between $500 and $1000.

Charles B Costar Honored By Reps Association IHFRA  - 4/24/2007

The Dean of IHFRA Award has been renamed to the Charles B Costar Dean of IHFRA Award in recognition of Charles’ dedicated service and loyalty to the Association.

Furniture Sharehouse Opens Furniture Bank Warehouse Facility  - 4/24/2007

Westchester County, N.Y. Furniture Bank to provide used furniture to those in need.

Habersham Launches Improved Website  - 4/24/2007

The site responds to customer trends and needs through a more comprehensive showcase of product offerings and a number of new user-friendly features and options.

Tempur-Pedic Reports 16 Percent Domestic Sales Increase  - 4/20/2007

Net sales rose 16% to $266.0 million in the first quarter of 2007 from $228.6 million in the first quarter of 2006.

The RoomPlace at Harlem Furniture Opens its 19th Store in Algonquin, Illinois  - 4/20/2007

Showroom will feature complete living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, as well as bedding and accessories. The new store will also offer next day delivery.

Craftmaster Promotes Roy R. Calcagne to CEO  - 4/20/2007

Calcagne, named President after the company was purchased by Laquer Craft, now reports to Samuel Kuo, Laquer Craft’s Chairman.

Leggett & Platt Announces Promotions In Bedding Group  - 4/19/2007

Jeff Wood becomes President -Western Division and Danny Lynch will be Vice President-Eastern Group, President-Southern Division.

Rob Woods Named President Of Fashion Bed Group  - 4/19/2007

Woods will have responsibility for all administrative, sales and manufacturing activities for the group. He has over 30 years of experience in the residential furnishings industry.

Empower Your Employees to Make Smart Decisions  - 4/19/2007

When you empower your employees to make decisions on the spot, not only do decisions get made quicker, but you also improve overall organizational productivity and customer satisfaction.

Stanley Furniture Reports Net Sales Decrease  - 4/19/2007

Net sales of $75.1 million decreased 10.1% from the first quarter of 2006.

GNYFA Takes Lead On Furniture Store Regulation In NYC  - 4/19/2007

Greater New York Home Furnishings Association is looking to enlist local retailers in effort to address proposed store licensing program and fees.

Leda Furniture Launches Website  - 4/19/2007

In addition to product information and news updates, the site includes a company profile and history, a glossary page and a caring for furniture page.

Howard Niederman to Retire after 28 years of Service with Rowe Furniture  - 4/19/2007

Rowe Furniture Senior Design Consultant Howard Niederman helped to pioneer Rowe’s signature special order fabric program which revolutionized customization choices in the furniture industry.

The Furniture Foundation Announces Grants  - 4/19/2007

$134,000 has been allocated for scholarships, education and research at four colleges and universities for the 2007-2008 school year.

Management Changes at San Francisco Gift and Portland Gift & Accessories Shows  - 4/17/2007

Wendy Tonkin, Executive Vice President, will assume the role as Show Manager for the San Francisco International Gift Fair.

Today's Young Affluents Are the 'Want-It-All' Generation  - 4/17/2007

The generation of consumers 40 years old and younger is coming into affluence sooner with a ravenous appetite to achieve the 'good life.'

Foam Producer Foamex Names Johnson, CEO  - 4/16/2007

Plans to steer the market-focused provider of polyurethane foam-based solutions and specialty comfort products through its next phase of growth

Lead From the Middle: How to Impact Results Regardless of Your Title  - 4/16/2007

Four keys to influencing others in your organization.

IHFC Begins Expansion, Renovation of InterHall for Fall Market  - 4/13/2007

Construction will nearly double the size of InterHall as well as extensively renovate this popular exhibition area.

85,708 Badges Issued In High Point At Spring Market  - 4/13/2007

According to Casey, the bulk of the badges issued this Spring went to buyers (47,109).

La-Z-Boy Announces Resignation of Treasurer  - 4/13/2007

Mark Stegeman is leaving the company to accept a financial position at Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky.

Wickes Furniture Goes On-line for Furniture Training  - 4/13/2007

Fundamentals of Furniture Product Knowledge On-line selected to train sales associates.

1800mattress.com To Introduce Organic Bedding On Earth Day  - 4/13/2007

The retailer is teaming with Vivetique, a premier organic mattress brand based in Los Angeles, and is introducing its “EcoDream” bed at its Manhattan and Scarsdale showrooms

IItaly's Largest Mattress Manufacturer To Open Showroom In Soho  - 4/13/2007

Its Memofoam technology, unique in the market, enables its visco-elastic mattresses to relieve pressure and comfort faster, using weight-sensitivity rather than body heat to initiate conformity.

Italy's Largest Mattress Manufacturer To Open Showroom In Soho  - 4/13/2007

Unique Memofoam technology enables its visco-elastic mattresses to relieve pressure faster, using weight-sensitivity rather than body heat to initiate conformity.

Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., Acquires Design Vancouver Show  - 4/12/2007

Design Vancouver has become the design show for upscale consumers and design professionals on the West Coast.

Planned Furniture Promotions Names Gonzales, Western Sales Manager  - 4/11/2007

Gonzales, a nine-year employee of PFP, has significant industry experience in retailing and in managing planned promotions.

Jennifer Convertibles Returns To Profitability  - 4/11/2007

During the quarter, margins increased. The company did not open any stores and closed four stores.

Joan Fabrics Files For Chapter 11  - 4/11/2007

During this process Joan Fabrics and Madison Avenue Designs will be fully operational.

Three New Members Added to World Market Center Team  - 4/11/2007

Sean Doane joins World Market Center as operations manager, Esmeralda Dominguez has been named collections manager and Christine Gargano is in the newly created position of special events coordinator.

Eurway Contemporary Store To Open In Frisco, TX  - 4/10/2007

Store will offer contemporary furniture that is the finest in International design at low, direct-import prices.

Jeff Stone Joins Universal Furniture as Vice President of Merchandising  - 4/10/2007

Stone will be responsible for overseeing merchandising for all of Universal’s occasional tables, accents, home office and walls.

Lacquer Craft Promotes Phillip Siler to Vice President, Sales and Marketing  - 4/10/2007

Siler will be responsible for building a business unit to service the American marketing companies of Universal and Legacy Classic Furniture.

Norwalk Furniture Incorporates 10% Soy Based Foam  - 4/10/2007

Company set a "greener" standard in several areas of its manufacturing process.

Abbyson Corporation Introduces "The Power Of Home" Retail Concept Store  - 4/10/2007

The Power of Home, an alliance with multinational shopping mall powerhouse The Westfield Corporation, is a completely new vision in home furnishings created with the consumer in mind.

World Market Center Announces Hotel Discounts For Summer Market  - 4/9/2007

Attendees have the option to choose from economy lodging, boutique properties and luxurious accommodations—all available at significant savings.

Thomasville To Open Company-Owned Prototype Store  - 4/9/2007

The new 15,000 square foot Woodbury, MN store has been designed and executed to Thomasville prototype specifications.

If People Love You, They Give You More Money  - 4/9/2007

It doesn't matter if you are in the furniture business or run a grocery store, this is the undisputed secret of repeat business.

Las Vegas Design Center Announces May & June First Friday Seminars  - 4/9/2007

Seminar topics include, “A Narrative in Glass" and “Deciding What You Are Worth And Charging It."

Unfinished Furniture Association - Real Wood Furniture Finished Your Way® Trade Show Show Set For June  - 4/9/2007

The show kicks off with a special keynote presentation, “Cause of Death: A Business Autopsy of a Furniture Store” by Ken Guerrero.

Haverty Reports March Sales Decrease  - 4/5/2007

Haverty's sales for March decreased 11.6% to $66.1 million compared with $74.7 million for March 2006.

Sealy Reports Net Sales Increase  - 4/5/2007

Domestic net sales increased $2.1 million to $316.7 million on a 4.5% increase in volume.

NeoCon® Xpress L.A. Contract Show To Debut In August  - 4/5/2007

Many on-site special events, educational seminars and special exhibits will fill the convenient two-day NeoCon Xpress L.A. schedule.

Demountable Concept’s “Warehouse on Wheels” Delivery System Market-Tested by Federated Logistics and Operations  - 4/5/2007

Federated Logistics and Operations uses Warehouse on Wheels system to solve redundant warehouse problem for Macy's, Bloomingdales and May Department Stores.

Richard Magnussen Named CEO & President Of Magnussen Home  - 4/5/2007

Don Essenberg has also been promoted -- to executive vice president, chief marketing officer for the supplier of medium- and upper-medium-priced occasional tables, accent furniture, bedroom, dining room and home entertainment furniture.

Jasper Cabinet and Superior Furniture Join Forces to Provide complete Case Good Home Solutions  - 4/4/2007

The partnership expands each company’s finish line to offer customers extensive choices in finishes, hand painting and laser engraving.

Decorize, Inc. Announces Partnership With Klaussner Furniture  - 4/4/2007

Company will design and source an exclusive line of home accessories, lighting, wall decor and accent furniture to be marketed under the Klaussner's Complements brand.

Check Your Anger: How to Keep Your Cool and Keep Business Hot  - 4/4/2007

Is your anger making trouble for you? When a customer or supervisor is upset, does it make you more emotional? Here are tips and technques that can help.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 4/4/2007

Report shows that new orders and shipments declined for the month of January. Inventory levels increased 1 percent over December, but still appear to be in reasonable good shape considering business in general.

ASID Honors Outstanding Achievements In Interior Design  - 4/3/2007

Four exemplary professional members were honored with fellowships and a number of design awards were presented.

Sleep Country USA Opens Online Store  - 4/3/2007

Customers that purchase a mattress online can choose to pick up their new mattress set at one of Sleep Country’s warehouse locations or take advantage of the company’s Red Carpet Delivery Service.

ICFF To Welcome Italian Furniture Exhibitors In May  - 4/3/2007

Cosmit, which sees a growing demand for Italian furniture in North America, has assembled a total of 42 member companies to show at ICFF.

Furniture Buying Index Up 1 Point  - 4/3/2007

America's Research Group says that steady index is an indication that consumers are waiting for new items to appear in stores and ads.

If Good Ethics is Good Business, What's the Problem?  - 4/3/2007

Ideas to help foster the development of ethical employees in your organization.

Post Show Report Abimad 2007 - Brazil  - 4/3/2007

More than 20,000 buyers shopped more than 500 square feet of exhibition space to see Brazilian products and designs.

Hendrixson’s Furniture Wins ‘Living Canopy Project’ Raffle from Harden Furniture  - 4/3/2007

Harden Furniture will use funds raised at market to purchase a property in Upstate New York this summer that needs remediation and environmental clean up.

Denver Mattress Company Launches E-Commerce Site  - 4/3/2007

Site will allow visitors nationwide, with the exception of AK, HI, and CA, to purchase an array of mattress and bedding accessories.

Furniture Factory Direct Implements Vision R8 Business Server Solution From Storis  - 4/2/2007

The windows-based Vision R8 Server Business Solution is targeted to the middle to large sector retail furniture store market.

Western Home Furnishings Association Announces Retailer of the Year  - 4/2/2007

Eric Foucrier, President, and Philip Linder, CEO of Linder’s Furniture, Legacy Home Furnishings and Rooms Express, will be honored.

Brazil Baroque Goes Beyond Sustainable Furniture  - 4/2/2007

Furniture manufacturer uses only reclaimed hardwoods and uses manufacturing techniques that cause little or no harm to the environment.

Fourth Quarter American Sales Drop For Natuzzi  - 4/2/2007

Leading leather upholstered manufacturer reports a 9.9% sales drop and lower profits.

Bassett Announces 4th Quarter Sales Decline  - 4/2/2007

Sales for the quarter down 15% as wholesale and retail segments experience difficult business conditions.

2007 ASFD Design Contest Award Winners Announced  - 3/31/2007

The First Place Award of $3,500 went to Diane McCabe, a Senior at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI for her "Platform" bed.

U.S. Department of Commerce to Undertake Worldwide Promotion of High Point Market  - 3/31/2007

Through an extensive application process, trade shows of significant size and industry representation are selected for the International Buyer Program, which connects U.S. companies with foreign customers.

Sleep Innovations Names Joseph E. Lynch President, CEO  - 3/31/2007

He succeeds Michael Fux, Sleep Innovation’s founder, for the manufacturer of Memory Foam mattresses, pillows and mattress toppers.

TruckSkin Chosen as Vehicle Graphics Partner for IKEA Test Program  - 3/30/2007

The move marks the first time that an IKEA location has used its own fleet and employees to provide in-home delivery.

Kathy Ireland Worldwide Receives First Manufacturer of the Year Award from Furniture Industry's ''HELP1UP'' Charity  - 3/29/2007

Ms. Ireland received the award not only for her extraordinary furniture sales success, but for her leadership in philanthropy generally, and in launching the HELP1UP program which will provide furniture to over 100,000 needy families each year.

Point of Sale Retail Software For Macintosh By Xsilva LightSpeed Debuts In High Point  - 3/29/2007

LightSpeed presents tools in an easy-to-learn iTunes™-like Browser and an innovative 'floating' Point of Sale interface.

Likability As A key To Success In Furniture Sales & Life  - 3/29/2007

Strange as it might seem, likability is not a gift – it’s a skill set. Is it worth developing? You decide. Here’s what we know about likable people.

Marketing Company Introduces Guerilla Tactics To High Point Retailers  - 3/28/2007

AMS employs unique marketing tactics for a wide range of retail furniture clients, including La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Simmons Mattress Galleries and Kmart.

Karen McNeill-Harris Selected As American Furniture Hall Of Fame Executive Director  - 3/28/2007

Chosen to lead the organization charged with honoring furniture industry giants and preserving its history.

Universal Furniture Launches Better Homes and Gardens™ Line  - 3/28/2007

The line was unveiled at a special presentation attended by Universal president and CEO Randy Chrisley, Better Homes and Gardens® Magazine Editor-in-Chief Gayle Goodson Butler and Steve Lacy, CEO, Meredith Corporation.

Mattress Firm Completes Acquisition of 15-Store Bedtime Mattress Co.  - 3/28/2007

Mattress Firm announced that it has completed the acquisition of Las Vegas-based Bedtime Mattress Co.

Business System Supplier Maintains Upgrade Momentum  - 3/28/2007

Myriad Software announces upcoming release of Version 4.5 upgrade and additional releases throughout 2007.

Broyhill Furniture Hires Industry Veteran Fred Bates  - 3/28/2007

Company launches initiative to bring greater focus into all product categories through feedback from retailers and consumers.

Dave Kordich Named Salesman Of The Year At Chromcraft Revington  - 3/28/2007

The award recognizes the value of the sales representatives to the furniture retailer’s selling process throughout the year.

3D Visualization Tool for Interior Designers Goes Live with Retailer Jim Gabbert  - 3/27/2007

Using the 3Dream application, retail store and independent interior designers can create and instantly modify home furnishings design plans onscreen, in accordance with the client or customer’s floor plans.

Students' Winning Designs for Renovation of IHFC's Designer Resource Center on Display  - 3/27/2007

Interior designers, in town for the High Point Market, are selecting their favorite designs during a weeklong poll in the center.

1-800-Mattress Changes Name To 1800mattress.com  - 3/26/2007

Mattress retailer changes name to reflect the growing impact of its internet business as a contributor to overall sales.

DeCoro to Open Larger Manufacturing Facility  - 3/26/2007

The factory will replace a 250,000 square foot facility which produces finished wood components.

Richard Garrity Named Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Chromcraft Revington  - 3/26/2007

Prior to joining Chromcraft Revington, Garrity worked at Thomasville Furniture Industries as Vice President of Supply Chain Management.

Ethan Allen Projects Modest Quarterly Earnings Decrease  - 3/26/2007

Chairman and CEO, Farooq Kathwari, notes challenging home furnishings environment as compared to 2006.

Berkline/BenchCraft Announces Recapitalization Plan  - 3/23/2007

The new capital will be used to fund product innovation and expansion following recent operations consolidation and measures to increase efficiency.

Foamex To Introduces Environmentally Friendly Foam In High Point  - 3/23/2007

Reflex® Natural™ is a high-performance, environmentally-friendly flexible polyurethane foam for the furniture industry.

Neocon® Returns To Marchandise Mart June 11-13  - 3/23/2007

Show to feature the latest product introductions for office, healthcare, hospitality, residential, institutional and government environments.

Decoro Announce Sales Team Additions  - 3/22/2007

Kevin Cole, Jack Pollack and "Butch" Andrews have joined the upholstered furniture manufacturer as sales representatives.

Lexington Home Brands Debuts New Design Center  - 3/22/2007

The creative operations center is making its official debut during the High Point Market.

High Point Charitable Breakfast Seminar Event Sponsored By Ashley  - 3/22/2007

During the no-charge breakfast you will learn about Help1Up, the home furnishings industry’s completely no-charge, socially responsible and environmentally friendly used furniture removal service.

Powell Enhances "Masterpiece" Signature Line  - 3/22/2007

Powell will debut an expanded “Masterpiece” collection that incluces dining groups in High Point Market.

American Drew adds Groups & Color Options In High Point  - 3/22/2007

Among the introductions will be a Shaker bedroom group and an English traditional collection.

NHFA Develops DVDs To Train Back-End Retail Personnel  - 3/22/2007

Intoduced in High Point will be, “Delivery: The Ultimate Impression” for teaching truck drivers, and “Warehouse Procedures: Bottom Line Performance” that focuses on efficient and safe procedures for warehouse employees.

Brown Street Introduces White Mountain Ash Bedroom  - 3/22/2007

The clean design of this new collection features subtle curves that complement the dramatic wood grain.

Furniture Wizard Software Announces Enhanced Version  - 3/22/2007

The enhanced product provides a more dynamic and robust capability for furniture retailers, including compatibility for the newly-introduced Microsoft Windows Vista® operating system.

Bombay Announces Lower Net Loss For Quarter  - 3/22/2007

Same store sales for Bombay stores operating for more than one year decreased 3.1% for the quarter.

ViewIT Technologies Launches 3D Visualization Tool at High Point Market  - 3/21/2007

Online service for use by furniture retailers and independent interior designers uses virtual product models to drive furniture sales.

Harden Furniture Completes Restoration of Fire-Damaged High Point Showroom  - 3/21/2007

Improved showroom is the setting for the launch of the company’s most recent environmental initiative, the “Living Canopy Project.”

Zocalo® and Z Generation® Announce More High Point Introductions  - 3/21/2007

Belle Noir™ and Ariel™ Collections to be introduced.

IKEA Announces Plans For Midwestern Distribution Center  - 3/21/2007

The project will consist of a 650,000 square-foot facility to be operational as early as Spring 2009.

Dormia Taps Veteran Merchant To Lead Retail Store Operations  - 3/21/2007

Beth Marconi will be responsible for the day-to-day management and expansion strategy of Dormia’s 20 company-owned retail stores in the United States.

Rowe Annouces Appointment Of Stefanie J. Lucas As President & CEO  - 3/21/2007

Ms. Lucas has more than 20 years experience in sales, marketing and management in the home furnishings and other related industries.

High Point Market Authority Partners With Gefen Productions To Produce “High Point Market Live"  - 3/21/2007

"High Point Market Live," is a new source of information created for Market attendees and the industry at large.

Woolrich names James Griggs, President  - 3/21/2007

James Griggs, most recently Woolrich vice president of finance, has been named president by the Woolrich board of directors.

B. Smith to Unveil 40 Piece Furniture Collection at Spring Market  - 3/20/2007

Television host, restaurateur and lifestyle maven and Clayton Marcus will debut the At Home with B. Smith furniture collection in High Point.

Furniture World Magazine Introduces FurnitureBlasts  - 3/20/2007

Furniture manufacturers, importers and industry suppliers can now economically email almost 15,000 subscribers instantly.

Free Minor Medical Care To Be Offered Again During High Point Show  - 3/20/2007

Cornerstone Health Care and High Point Regional Health System uphold tradition of free minor medical care for High Point Market guests.

American Society of Furniture Designers Elects New Board and Executive Committee  - 3/19/2007

Jack Lewis will be President of the international non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing, improving, and supporting the profession of furniture design and its positive impact in the marketplace.

The RoomPlace Opens First Store Outside of Chicagoland Market  - 3/19/2007

With its unique business philosophy of "The more you buy, the more you save," The RoomPlace at Harlem Furniture was the first furniture retailer in the Chicagoland area to specialize in the room group concept.

Hooker Reports 5.8% Sales Decline For Shortened Reporting Period  - 3/19/2007

Excluding the effect of the ESOP termination and restructuring and asset impairment charges, operating profitability as a percentage of net sales during the transition period improved.

Furniture Brands Expects First Quarter Sales Decline  - 3/19/2007

Expects net sales in the first quarter to be down nearly 15 percent versus a very strong first quarter last year.

Business Triage: Protect Your Brand During Business Catastrophe  - 3/19/2007

In the business world, triage missteps, a failure to define an acceptable loss, have resulted in product failures and brand damage.

Cresent Opens Quality Assurance Facility  - 3/19/2007

120,000 square foot facility offers full finish capability and streamlines Quality Assurance Audit Operations in Tennesses for the family owned importer.

Lane Launches Christy Clark Inspired Accent Pieces  - 3/19/2007

Christy Clark is well-known for her photographs of wild horses on the Outer Banks of Corolla in Currituck County, NC.

aspenhome™ Shares Research on Dining Trends  - 3/19/2007

In preparation for their entry into the dining product category, aspenhome™ conducted extensive research to identify social and economic trends that effects how consumers are living.

EQ3 opens in MacArthur Center - Norfolk, Virginia  - 3/17/2007

This showroom presents 65 room solutions including 3 complete home environments focusing on the lifestyles of the young professional, those living on the edge, and suburban life.

Overstock, Discontinued Site, Retailbuyers.com Focuses on U.S. Expansion  - 3/17/2007

Wholesale shopping experience for home furnishings and gift retailers for suppliers’ overstock, clearance, and discontinued merchandise.

Excelsior Designs Announces New Representatives  - 3/16/2007

Territory expansion supports Nicole Miller Collection.

Rooms To Go Event to Benefit Hurricane Katrina Survivors  - 3/16/2007

Cindy Crawford will be make an appearance at the Rooms To Go store in Metairie. Also in attendance will be executives from Rooms To Go, the National Furniture Bank Association, the New Orleans Furniture Bank, and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Global Surroundings, LLC Introduces Socially Responsible Teak Furniture  - 3/16/2007

Global Surroundings announced that they will introduce indoor and outdoor furniture specifically for socially responsible consumers.

The Dirty Dozen! 12 Sales Screw-ups and How to Fix Them  - 3/16/2007

We've all been there, some of us more often than others. Worse, many sales people will continue to face that situation, and not understand what continues to go wrong.

WithIt Opens Office at High Point Market  - 3/16/2007

WithIt members and their guests are encouraged to use the office as needed throughout the market.

Stanley Furniture Appoints Curtis Wenke Product Manager Young America®  - 3/16/2007

Wenke will be responsible for managing all aspects of the development process, including new introductions, product line profitability, product quality and marketplace analysis.

Abbyson To Introduce Customization Program In High Point  - 3/15/2007

Abbyson Corporation, a home furnishings designer and distributor that doubled its IHFC Design Center showroom in 2006, will be launching two new furniture lines in High Point.

Leggett Home Furniture Components Announces Sales/Marketing Hire  - 3/15/2007

Pat Loch will be responsible for national sales and marketing, and managing the sales force for the HFC.

Legacy Classic Furniture Promotes Cryan To VP Operations  - 3/15/2007

Cryan will move into the position vacated by Richard Mihalik who was recently elevated to a Senior Operations position with parent company, Samson Marketing.

Lorna Dewey Furniture Changes Name  - 3/15/2007

Lorna Dewey of London expands selection of antique reproductions in High Point and introduces Art Deco lighting collection.

Schneider Named VP of ULC's Retail Division  - 3/15/2007

Most recently, Schneider held the position as Vice President of Sales for Bush Furniture Industries.

Ellen Gefen To Moderate “The Future of Design,” In High Point  - 3/15/2007

Market Authority will assemble a panel of top designers—Raymond Waites, Vladimir Kagan, William Stubbs and lifestyle maven B. Smith—for a provocative panel discussion and audience Q&A .

Banyan Trading Company To Open Eco-Friendly High Point Showroom  - 3/14/2007

Importer of eco-friendly case goods, upholstery, accent furniture and accessories, is making its debut at the High Point Market in the C&D building.

Market-Goers Can Now View 2007 High Point Market Preview Guides Online  - 3/14/2007

The popular High Point Market Preview Guides are viewable online, through a collaboration with the High Point Market Authority and the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC).

Normand Couture To Introduce Upholstery Groups In High Point  - 3/14/2007

He would be unveiling his own collection of 23 contemporary upholstered groups at the Spring 2007 show.

University Loft Hires VP Sales  - 3/14/2007

Hickory Springs veteran to manage sale for their college and university business as well as military and hospitality divisions.

Best Selling Furniture Design From FURNITURE WORLD Magazine  - 3/13/2007

In each issue of FURNITURE WORLD, best selling furniture and accessory designs are featured. Download the attached pdf file to see photos, text and contact information.

Interactive Health® Announces New Operating Company Name  - 3/13/2007

The company name will be Human Touch LLC, and all products will feature the Human Touch identity and logo.

Tour Sponsored by RugMark To Spotlight Child Labor Issues In Four US Cities  - 3/13/2007

Hem Moktan and Sanita Lama will be telling stories of their years as “carpet kids” to college students, carpet importers and retailers, the social investment community, donors and others, during an upcoming four-city tour in the U.S.

TruckSkin To Re-brand Rent-A-Center Trucks With Flex Face Vinyl Graphics  - 3/12/2007

TruckSkin has been awarded the fleet re-branding program for Rent-A-Center, the leading rent-to-own operator in the U.S.

WithIt To Host Trends Presentation In High Point  - 3/12/2007

The popular Competitive Intelligence recap is a regular High Point Market event sponsored by WithIt, the organization dedicated to the support and development of female professionals in the home industries.

WMIA Sponsors WCMA Conference  - 3/12/2007

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) is sponsoring the Wood Component Manufacturers Association's (WCMA) 2007 Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event In November.

Four Hands To Introduce Vintage Trunk Collection In High Point  - 3/12/2007

Four Hands will be adding a new series of leather and metal clad trunks suitable for a wide variety of uses to their Carnegie collection.

Are You Ignoring Complaints about your Hires?  - 3/12/2007

Are you reassuring yourself that your “personal picks” aren't mistakes, even though the criticisms are numerous, repetitive and fierce?

Woolrich and Mohawk Industries to Create New Rug Line  - 3/12/2007

This latest assortment of outdoor-inspired floor coverings will enhance and complement Woolrich’s extensive collection of home furnishings.

Hike For Hope Set For Spring High Point Market  - 3/12/2007

two-mile walk through downtown High Point, is an industry-wide fundraiser for City of Hope (COH), a leading cancer research and treatment center.

IHFRA To Honor Michael Amini In HIgh Point  - 3/12/2007

Mr. Amini of AICO will receive the Pillar of the Industry Award at the 13th annual Furniture Industry Awards Gala.

Pinamonti Joins Universal Furniture as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing  - 3/12/2007

Pinamonti comes to Universal from Broyhill Furniture, where until recently he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales.

Canadian TV Hosts Steven & Chris To Introduce Decor-Rest Collection  - 3/12/2007

Steven and Chris will be on hand on Monday, March 26, to introduce the collection at a press breakfast in Decor-Rest’s High Point showroom.

mary-kateandashley home essentials collection To Be Introduced In High Point  - 3/12/2007

AP Industries of Quebec to introduce a a second line of mary-kateandashley signature home furniture for ‘tweens and teens.'

Furniture Row Companies Announces Expansion in Cedar Rapids, IA  - 3/9/2007

The Center will contain four specialty furniture stores in one convenient location: Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions®, Sofa Mart® and Denver Mattress Company®.

The Elysee Collection to Introduce Collezione Contessa in High Point  - 3/9/2007

The collection features solid wood case goods hand-painted in the colors and textures of Tuscan Italy.

La-Z-Boy To Consolidate Operations - Close Plants In NC & MS  - 3/8/2007

The company's Lincolnton facility produces high-leg recliners and occasional chairs, and the Iuka facility produces sofas, love seats and upholstered chairs for the company's Bauhaus division.

Haverty Furniture Reports February Sales Decline  - 3/8/2007

Havertys' February sales decreased 10.9% to $60.1 million, compared with $67.5 million in February 2006.

ASFD Spring Market Dinner To Feature Michael Payne  - 3/8/2007

Host and interior designer of HGTV’s Designing For The Sexes, Mr. Payne will be keynote speaker for ASFD at the High Point market event.

IHFRA To Offer Services For Reps During The High Point Show  - 3/8/2007

The International Home Furnishings Representatives Association will offer a wide range of services at the Spring High Point Market.

High Point Pre-Market Concept To Debut In August  - 3/8/2007

A Pre-Market concept will debut August 22 to 25 this year. The formalized, invitation-only affair is being designed for the industry’s largest manufacturers and retailers.

Lexington Home Brands To Launch Liz Claiborne Collection  - 3/8/2007

Collection to be introduced in High Point will offer classic styling with a hint of a French accent.

Stop Ignoring Your Customer: Six Simple Techniques to Build Customer Rapport  - 3/8/2007

The sooner you build rapport and trust, the sooner you can remove that chip from their shoulder or start tearing down their wall and create a "customer for life."

cmi Promotes, Appoints Managers  - 3/7/2007

Promotion of John Bradshaw and the appointment of Robin L. Woll to the positions of Vice President-National Sales Manager and EDI Specialist, respectively.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Hires Vice President  - 3/7/2007

Prior to joining Verlo Mattress Factory Stores, Mackey served as the director of sales/retail operations for Fowlers Furniture with stores in Georgia and Tennessee.

Furniture First To Hold Meeting At Spring Market  - 3/7/2007

The furniture buying group that represents 320 retail store fronts in 42 states plans to hold its biannual members meeting in downtown High Point.

Sarreid, Ltd. Marks 40th Anniversary with Historic Market Event and New Collection  - 3/7/2007

Sarreid will present a specially selected gift to its original dealers from the 1960s and 1970s on the opening day of the High Point show.

Staying Alive During Tough Times -Part 1  - 3/7/2007

Everyone is a genius in great times. What is your plan to survive, say, a 20% reduction in traffic?

Free High Point Transportation To Begin Weekend Before Market  - 3/7/2007

Additional airport shuttles and local transportation services to be offered for reps and exhibitors.

IHFRA Awards Gala To Be Held In High Point On March 24th  - 3/6/2007

International Home Furnishings Representatives Association will feature several important awards and the installation of Richard Gillispie, the 69th IHFRA President.

List of High Point Events and Food Venues At Merchandise Mart Properties  - 3/6/2007

Day-by-day schedule of these not-to-be-missed events hosted by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. in High Point.

Mattress Firm To Add More Than 140 Locations  - 3/6/2007

Mattress Firm announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Mattress Discounters Corporation, a Md.-based mattress retailer and manufacturer with more than 140 stores across the Northeast.

Global Link Logistics Hires Christine Callahan As COO  - 3/6/2007

Callahan, former VP of global ocean freight services at UPS Freight Forwarding has been hired at company that provides import logistics services to North American home furnishings industries.

Rob Sligh Interviewed On NBC's Today Show  - 3/5/2007

Segment will feature bedrooms as rejuvenation centers, look at “green” architecture and “intelligent” furniture.

Sleep Country USA Starts 3rd Annual Clothing Drive  - 3/5/2007

The company is collecting donations of new clothing items to be given to foster children in the Pacific Northwest.

Mattress Firm Forms Brand Development Team  - 3/5/2007

The newly hired first members of the team include Diane Peterman, Director of Brand Development and Scott Sensky, Director of Customer Relationship Marketing.

STORIS Launches the Anticipated ‘Maximum Power’ Release 8.3  - 3/5/2007

The new look and overall structure of 8.3 maximizes the screen area displaying the information retailers require to run an efficient business.

Traditions By Pamela Kline Makes Executive Appointments  - 3/5/2007

Luxury bedding and accessories producer hires National Sales/ Retail Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing.

Furniture Industry Veteran To Introduce Line of American Made Occasional Pieces  - 3/5/2007

Former Lane and Hickory Chair executive will be introducing American made flag cases and display tables in High Point.

New Restaurants To Open At High Point's Market Square  - 3/5/2007

Sammy G’s Steakhouse and The Boiler Room Bar & Grill will open during the upcoming Spring High Point Market, March 26 – April 1, 2007.

Jeff Cook Named President Of Broyhill Furniture  - 3/5/2007

Mr. Cook has served since 1998 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Magnussen Home Furnishings.

Bassett Reports Lower Sales and Reduced Margins  - 3/5/2007

Company plans to close wood manufacturing facility in Bassett, Virginia and lay off about 15 percent of their workforce.

Berkline/Benchcraft, LLC Adds New Chief Financial Officer  - 3/2/2007

The announcement of Mr. Smith as CFO marks the culmination of a reorganization of BBH's executive management team that began in July.

Lexington Home Brands Celebrates Milestone For Tommy Bahama Collection  - 3/2/2007

The company is paying tribute to Tommy Bahama’s popularity and proven retail success during the High Point Market.

Four Hands Expands Record-Setting Collection  - 3/2/2007

Company will also add 13 additional seating SKU’s and extensive sub-collections of trunks, bookcases, desks and tables at the High Point show.

Four Hands To Introduce Eco-Chic Collections In High Point  - 3/1/2007

Four Hands will be introducing three new collections and a slew of line extensions using “green” materials.

Donald J. Trump and Miresco Decorative Rugs Introduce Rug Collection  - 3/1/2007

The Trump Home Rug collection will be introduced at the Miresco showroom in High Point and is expected to be in retail stores in the summer of 2007.

Eco-Friendly Program Planned For High Point  - 3/1/2007

The GREENStyle Pavilion on the first (top) floor of the Suites at Market Square will create a forum for sustainable furniture education and product display.

American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Endorses Help1Up  - 3/1/2007

Help1Up is administered by the non-profit National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA). The NFBA, helps to collect used furniture for needy families while protecting the environment and increasing new furniture sales.

Masterplan Magnetics, Inc., Changes Name to ViewIT Technologies, Inc.  - 3/1/2007

Creator of "The Board," a popular space planning tool, changes name in advance of a new sales-boosting technology introduction in High Point.

Furniture Brands International Names Michael F. McBreen Vice President Supply Chain and Logistics  - 3/1/2007

Mr. McBreen previously served as a Director in Global Apparel Operations and Strategic Planning for Nike.

Harden Home Studio™ Dealers Eligible Travel Prize  - 3/1/2007

Winners to receive a design getaway at the 2nd Annual Western Interiors & Design magazine Design+Home Show in San Francisco, October 26-28.

Art Van Furniture Hires New Ad Agency  - 3/1/2007

BERLINE has been named agency of record for Michigan furniture retailer Art Van Furniture.

Lexington Home Brands To Introduce Trump Home™ Collections In High Point  - 3/1/2007

Trump Home™, featuring two full-category furniture collections, is making its debut at Lexington during the High Point Market, which runs March 26-April 1.

Norwalk Names New Director Of Customer Service  - 2/28/2007

As Director of Customer and Distribution Services, Light will assume responsibility for the customer service, quality and transportation departments at Norwalk.

AHFA Responds To Proposed Flame Retardant Chemical Ban  - 2/28/2007

The primary impact of the legislation on manufacturers of upholstered furniture would be changes in the formulation of flame-resistant polyurethane foam used for products shipped into California.

Federated Reports Sales For Fiscal 2006 Up 4.4 Percent  - 2/27/2007

The company plans to open seven stores in 2007 including a Macy's Furniture Gallery In Lake Grove, NY.

Kinwai USA Announces High Point Introductions - Wins Environmental Quality Certification  - 2/27/2007

Contemporary casegoods and leather furniture collections to be introduced at the Spring Furniture Market in High Point, NC.

Las Vegas World Market Center Post Show Report  - 2/27/2007

Momentum continues with successful leasing underway for Building C and construction to begin on fourth building; 12 million square feet to be completed by 2013 or sooner.

High Point Market Hotel Deals For Mid-Week Arrivals  - 2/27/2007

Market Authority urges small independent dealers and designers to consider the benefits of a mid-week visit.

Soy-Based Foams Will Allow Furniture & Bedding Manufacturers To Be More Eco-Friendly  - 2/27/2007

According to Cargill, BiOH polyols derived from soybean and other natural vegetable oils represent the most significant development the polyurethane industry has seen in decades.

Take Command of the Room with Strong Body Language  - 2/27/2007

When speaking in front of groups, what makes one presenter persuasive and powerful, and another weak and ineffective?

WHFA Offers Travel Options to Annual Conference in Palm Springs  - 2/27/2007

Attendees can take advantage of conference discounts offered through United Airlines and Avis car rental.

WHFA Offers Travel Options to Annual Conference in Palm Springs  - 2/27/2007

Attendees can take advantage of conference discounts offered through United Airlines and Avis car rental.

ClassicFlame™ To Introduce Colorado Collection  - 2/27/2007

Five electric fireplaces with fine-furniture quality mantels will be introduced at the Spring Market in High Point.

Silvano Banfi and Frank Zambrelli Design High Point Introductions For Robin Bruce  - 2/27/2007

Designers are well known for their signature designs for top houses including Judith Leiber, Calvin Klein and Nanette Lepore, as well as their own couture shoe line.

Jane Hamley Wells Appoints Ciprian "Chip" Popa To Oversee Market Development  - 2/26/2007

Popa will work directly with Jane Hamley Wells president and founder Jane Humzy, to focus on strengthening relationships with A