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    Bentonville, Ark. – Walmart U.S. president and ceo Bill Simon is exiting the company after eight years. He is being succeeded by Greg Foran, who had been promoted to president and ceo of Walmart Asia earlier this year. More ...

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  • MSLO: Macy’s relationship back on track

    New York – With the Macy’s lawsuit behind it , Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is enjoying a much better relationship with the retailer, MSLO execs said during this morning’s second quarter conference call with analysts.

  • Iconix home brands strong in Q2

    New York – Iconix Brand Group noted sales growth in its direct-to-retail business segment during its second quarter, and cited some of its key home brands as among the drivers.

  • Comps up but BTS season off to mixed start

    New York – Comps rose 3.0% last week following a 3.7% gain in the prior week, according to the Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index.

  • Treasure Garden boosts outdoor rug program

    Baldwin Park, Calif. – Outdoor accessories supplier Treasure Garden is expanding its rug program with eight new designs.

  • Joy Mangano pillows set new record at HSN

    St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Entrepreneur and electronic retailing personality Joy Mangano presided over a sleep pillow sale July 26 that would up setting a new benchmark for the most units ever sold in a single day at HSN .

  • Crown Crafts to acquire Kidline, CoCaLo brands

    Gonzales, La. – Crown Crafts Inc. has signed an agreement through its subsidiary Crown Crafts Infant Products to acquire the Kidsline and CoCaLo brand names from subsidiaries of Kid Brands Inc. for a cash price of $1.35 million .

  • Companies partner to launch Sleep 37.5 Bedding System

    BOULDER, Colo. — Technology provider Cocona has partnered with textile manufacturer Design Weave to launch the Sleep 37.5 Bedding System, designed to provide deeper sleep.

  • Cotton price 65 cents

    New York – Monday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for October contracts was 65 cents.

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Utility Bedding

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BLOGS

  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    July 21, 2014

    T-Minus 8 weeks and counting

    Yipee! It’s the middle of summer. Depending on where you live, that means your tomatoes are already coming in or are just about to. Summer fruits are reaching their succulent peak. And if you’re a Mid-Atlantic beach goer, the ocean temperature is finally tolerable. If you are a home textiles sort who swims with the sharks in the volume retail business, today marks eight weeks until the opening of the New York Home Fashions Market in September. Sorry to burst your bubble. But then again, I’m sure this isn’t news. You’ve already been busy previewing ...

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  • Cecile Corral

    On The Beat

    Cecile Corral

    July 21, 2014

    Breaking through

    In the span of one week, I came across two unusual marketing tactics that made me stop and pay attention to what was being offered to me, the consumer. That’s a big deal in an age when we are constantly – all day, everywhere – being bombarded by advertising for everything from Botox to a new Buick, which by the way “sure doesn’t look like a Buick” as its new TV ad promises. Wait – make that three ads that gave me pause! The first “ad” I noticed in my hotel room at the Westin in downtown Atlanta earlier this month ...

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  • Warren Shoulberg

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    July 21, 2014

    Why Is Business Bad?

      With Wall Street getting higher than folks in Colorado, the housing market racing to recover and banks earning more money than ever, it’s amazing how many vendors in the home business still keep complaining about how bad business is. Not Recession-bad – much less Depression-bad – but not nearly as good as it should be given how other parts of the economy are doing. Yet nobody has a real good answer as to why this is. So as a public service I offer the following possible explanations: Much of the retail base of the textiles and housewares business has its own ...

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  • Jennifer Karp

    In The Mix

    Jennifer White Karp

    July 15, 2014

    You need this gadget more than you know

     Maybe it was the long deep cold of the Polar Vortex, or maybe it was all the weight some of us gained waiting out the long winter – but there seems to be an even deeper appreciation this year for summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables. What’s key to this year’s fresh food love fest? Gadgets and gizmos. Many current summer recipes would not be possible – or just not as palatable – without some special gadgets, like this one from Cordon Bleu-trained chef and food writer Nancy Duran on how to make Squash Ribbons with Prosciutto. In her recipe, she ...

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