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Furniture store sales reach $10B in 2014
By the Numbers
Written by Michael J. Knell   
OTTAWA (02 March 2015) - For the first time since 2008, when the floor fell out from under the world economy, Canadian furniture store sales brushed ever so slightly past the $10 billion mark in 2014, according to the latest preliminary figures from Statistics Canada. And thanks to a better than anticipated Holiday Season and Boxing Week, both home furnishings and electronics and appliance stores turned in strong year-end performances as well.
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Youth furniture: Looking up?
Furniture Scene
Written by Ashley Newport   

FROM THE HGO MERCHANDISER

In big-box furniture stores, there's usually no shortage of cribs, miniature dressers and bunk beds. But it's rarer to see Canadian-produced, customizable youth pieces in solid wood or wood veneers with quality finishes. And in a category which has seen the recent demise of two major resources, some Canadian manufacturers expect at least modest growth as more young Canadian couples decide to treat their children to fine furniture of their own.

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TV personality Karen Sealy named spokesperson for Canadian Furniture Show
CHFM Update
Written by Michael J. Knell   
MONTREAL (03 March 2015) - Television personality and interior designer Karen Sealy has been named official spokesperson for the 2015 Canadian Furniture Show, its organisers have announced.
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Leon's sets earnings record
TORONTO (26 February 2015) - The acquisition of arch-rival The Brick appears to be paying off for Leon's Furniture as it reported strong sales and earnings for both the fourth quarter and the 2014 fiscal year.
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Sears Canada Q4 sales fall 17.7%
TORONTO (26 February 2015) - Sears Canada continued to lose ground as its 2014 fiscal year drew to a close with fourth quarter sales falling 17.7% even though the period straddled the Holiday Season, the single most important time of year for retailers in this country.
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Slight uptick in sales marred by sharp earnings decline for BMTC in 2014
MONTREAL (25 February 2015) - BMTC Group, the largest full-line furniture retailer in Quebec and the third largest in Canada, enjoyed a solid uptick in sales for the fourth quarter, resulting in a modest increase for the year. But tough economic conditions in Quebec drove a subsequent downturn in net earnings.
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Competition Bureau investigating Sears and Hudson's Bay over mattress pricing
OTTAWA (23 February 2015) - Two of this country's leading department stores are under investigation by the Competition Bureau of Canada for having promoted false discounts to their mattress prices.
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The organisers have named television personality and interior designer Karen Sealy the official spokesperson for the 2015 Canadian Furniture Show. Her mandate is to assist the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association in their efforts to attract people to the events first Consumer Day in over 15 years. Sealy is best known as the season one host of HGTV’s Summer Home. Click here for our complete report.


 

 

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