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PAMD raises $12K for local charities HGO Staff
Easyhome launches Easybites for BGCC HGO Staff
IKEA gives $153M to world's poor HGO Staff
QFMA raises $54K for Lac-Mégantic relief Michael J. Knell
IKEA Canada donates $130K in furniture for Alberta flood recovery Michael J. Knell
Beaudoin donates $50,000 to create home town water park HGO Staff
Mattress Mattress ramps up Matts 4 Kids to help flood victim families Michael J. Knell
Leon's, The Brick, HBC and Sears launch fundraising initiatives for Alberta flood relief Michael J. Knell
Matt 4 Kids making a difference for underprivileged children in Alberta Michael J. Knell
Tepperman's raises $8,100 for Heart & Stroke HGO Staff
Gus Design promotion raises 2,100 pounds of food for local food banks Michael J. Knell
IKEA stores donate $10,000 to SOS Richelieu to aid Quebec flood victims HGO Staff
IKEA Canada joining Libya aid effort HGO Staff
Joint Brick and Simmons promotion to raise $50,000+ for Slave Lake relief HGO Staff
Spring Air Canada donates $5,000 to North York food bank HGO Staff
Gus Design launches third annual ‘Keep on Giving!' promotion HGO Staff
Durham Furniture aids local resident raise money for cancer research HGO Staff
Calgary Brick employees band together to aid two families in Tanzania HGO Staff
Mega Group golf tourney raises $20,000 for Ronald McDonald House Canada HGO Staff
B.C. furniture industry golf tournament set for Sept. 8 HGO Staff
Cantrex Ontario raises $12,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities HGO Staff
Cantrex golf tournament raises $50,000 for En Marge youth shelter HGO Staff
Stylus' Jason Harris set to join Ride to Conquer Cancer Michael J. Knell
IKEA Canada donates $95K to UNICEF HGO Staff
Cantrex BDM Darryl Wilks sets $10,000 goal for upcoming Ride 2 Survive Michael J. Knell
IKEA Canada donates $50,000 to UNICEF to support relief efforts in Haiti HGO Staff
IKEA raises $280K for Tree Canada Canada News Wire
Cantrex raises $10K for Make-a-Wish HGO Staff
Cantrex tourney raises $10K for Le Refuge HGO Staff
Caber supports Toronto bed bug eradication campaign HGO Staff
IKEA Canada among "greenest" employers Tom Philp
Leon's franchise spearheads donation HGO Staff
Rotarians donate appliances to Woodstock shelters Tom Philp
 
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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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Easyhome sets another record for revenue and earnings in 2014
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (20 February 2015) - Leasing and short-term consumer loan specialist Easyhome recorded new highs for both revenue and earnings during the fourth quarter and fiscal year that was 2014. While its money lending operations continued to drive growth, its core merchandise leasing business turned in a modest upswing as well.
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Growing into the third generation

FROM THE HGO MERCHANDISER

An independent furniture store is, in its own way, a living thing. To survive, it has to change. It has to adapt to changing economic conditions. It has to acknowledge changes in consumer tastes, desires, interests and paths to purchase. If it's also a family business, it has to pass on the business from one generation to the next while remaining relevant and profitable. Sometimes, it has to change its spots.

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A modest year ahead

FROM THE HGO MERCHANDISER

On New Year's Day, almost every furniture, mattress and major appliance retailer in this country took a moment or two to reflect on what his business looked like in 2014 and what it will be like in 2015. What they may not have realized is the overwhelming majority of economists and analysts have coalesced around the same thought: 2015 will be like 2014, only more so.

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Amisco, the L’Islet, Quebec-headquartered metal specialist has built a strong upholstered bed collection over the past few years, including the Caruso (seen here). Its latest collection features an adjustable height mattress frame and is offered in more than 60 different fabrics.


 

 

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