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Millhouse Named to Head Protect-A-Bed Sales

Ken Millhouse

CHICAGO-Protect-A-Bed has appointed former Lego executive Ken Millhouse president of sales, putting him in charge of the company’s sales teams throughout the United States and in 49 countries. Millhouse reports directly to James Bell, Protect-A-Bed’s CEO. He succeeds Clive Goldin, who has retired. Before joining Protect-A-Bed full time, Millhouse had served as a consultant toMore »

Last updated: December 9, 2014

Brummett Tabbed as Comfort Revolution VP

Dave Brummett

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.-Comfort Revolution has named sleep-products industry veteran Dave Brummett vice president of product development and merchandising, a newly created position. In his new role, Brummett is responsible for developing new products in mattresses, pillows and toppers, and a comprehensive merchandising strategy. Comfort Revolution produces collections for its own brand and for Sealy’sMore »

Last updated: December 9, 2014

Heimtextil India to Enlarge Space

heimtextil India

NEW DELHI-The 2015 edition of Heimtextil India will encompass some 43,000 square feet of exhibiting space, up 40 percent from this year’s Heimtextil India, according to a statement from the trade fair. In addition, the statement said, more than 50 percent of the total exhibiting space has been booked by major Indian textile brands. ConfirmationsMore »

Last updated: December 9, 2014

Ristow Tabbed as BrandSource CEO

Jim Ristow

TUSTIN, Calif.-The BrandSource board of directors has named Jim Ristow as its new CEO, effective Jan. 1. Ristow will succeed Bob Lawrence, who has served as CEO since 1994. Lawrenc will stay with the company in an advisory role for a year, assisting with the transition. Ristow joined BrandSource in 1999 and most recently hasMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Housewares Retail Scorecard: Small Appliances


NEW YORK-Editor’s Note: Each Monday, HFN will publish the Housewares Retail Scorecard, a weekly tracker of retail advertising in key categories. This week’s Housewares Retail Scorecard focuses on deals for small appliances from last week’s circulars. Sears offered a number of items at $24.99, including the Black & Deck four-slice toaster oven, the Hamilton BeachMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Belk Goes from Profit to Loss in Q3


CHARLOTTE, N.C.-With added expenses from its new strategic initiatives, Belk Inc. reported a net loss of $8.2 million in its fiscal third quarter, compared to net income of $3.6 million from the third quarter of last year. The regional department-store retailer has targeted total investments of $700 million into a three-year program of initiatives. TheseMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Dollar General, Dollar Tree Spar Over Family Dollar

Family Dollar

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., and CHESAPEAKE, Va.-Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR) and Dollar General (NYSE: DG) issued statements this morning clashing over their proposed deals to acquire Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO). Dollar Tree’s statement said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating the antitrust concerns of both proposed acquisitions, may require Dollar General to divest “farMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014

Big Lots Narrows Q3 Loss

Big Lots

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Slimmed-down expenses and a significantly reduced loss from discontinued operations enabled Big Lots to post a third-quarter net loss of $3.4 million, compared to its net loss of $9.5 million in last year’s third quarter. The retailer’s loss from discontinued operations amounted to $326,000, compared to the $7.6 million loss from discontinued operations fromMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014