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La-Z-Boy Sells American of Martinsville

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La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced that it has completed the sale of its American of Martinsville subsidiary, to Hancock Park Associates, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. Terms of the transaction were not immediately disclosed, although the company expects it will result in a small gain which will be reported when the company issues its fiscal 2007 first- quarter results on August 15, 2006. American of Martinsville's net sales for fiscal 2006 represented approximately 5% of La-Z-Boy Incorporated's total revenue. La-Z-Boy President and CEO Kurt L. Darrow said, "Our business model and long-term strategy are focused on providing comfortable and stylish furnishings for the home and, therefore, we have made a number of changes over the past two years to better align our company's business units with that model. While American of Martinsville is a great company and a leader in the hospitality arena, it is not core to our strategy as a residential company. We are confident American of Martinsville will maintain its leadership position in the hospitality industry under its new ownership with its customers continuing to be offered premium custom furniture with quick delivery and excellent service. Over the years, we have had a dedicated staff of employees at American of Martinsville and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and commitment and wish them well as they move with the company to join Hancock Park's operations." American of Martinsville is one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of contract furnishings to the hospitality, senior living and government markets. The company's wood furniture, upholstery products, and related accessories can be found in hotels and motels around the world as well as assisted living facilities and government installations. Background Information: La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world's leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery Group companies are Bauhaus, Centurion, Clayton Marcus, England, La-Z-Boy, and Sam Moore. The La-Z-Boy Casegoods Group companies are American Drew, Hammary, Kincaid, Lea and Pennsylvania House. The corporation's vast proprietary distribution network is dedicated exclusively to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 337 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries(R) stores, of which 63 are company owned, and 340 La-Z-Boy In-Store Galleries, in addition to in-store gallery programs at the company's Kincaid, Pennsylvania House, Clayton Marcus, England and Lea operating units. According to industry trade publication In Furniture, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries retail network is North America's largest single-brand furniture retailer. Additional information is available at http://www.la-z-boy.com/ .

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