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Today's Top Stories
Looking at Life at the Top
Industry News
Written by Michael J. Knell   
BRIGHTON, Ontario (22 July 2014) - The simple truth is Canada's furniture retailing community is dominated by three merchants who operated a total of 358 stores under 14 different banners in 2013. In the newly published Summer 2014 edition of the HGO Merchandiser, we take a look at these three giants and their influence in the market.
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GLR big ticket sales up in May
By the Numbers
Written by HGO Staff   
OTTAWA (21 July 2014) - Sales of furniture, mattress, major appliances, televisions and home furnishings took a big step forward for Statistics Canada's Group of Large Retailers (GLR) during the month of May, but with one notable exception, they continued to languish on a year-to-date basis.
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QFMA adds three to leadership team
People in the News
Written by Michael J. Knell   
MONTREAL (15 July 2014) - The Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA) has named three new members to its senior management team as part of its rebuilding process including Simon Harris, who has been named director of sales for the Canadian Home Furnishings Market (TCHFM).
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BSH names CEO for North America
IRVINE, California (21 July 2014) - BSH Home Appliances has announced Michael Traub will leave his position as president and chief executive officer of its North American operations on August 29. He will be succeeded by Michael Steinle.
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Marrache to tell retailers ‘sweat the small stuff' at LVM seminar
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (15 July 2014) - If independent furniture retailers want to improve sales and profit, they should learn to sweat the small stuff, particularly high-margin, cash-and-carry categories like lamps and area rugs. That's the message Canadian industry executive Albert Marrache will bring to his seminar at the upcoming summer edition of the Las Vegas Market.
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Some 45 Canadian firms to show at LVM
LAS VEGAS (15 July 2014) - Some 45 Canadian furniture, bedding and accessory resources are expected to exhibit in the upcoming summer edition of the Las Vegas Market, which will open for its usual five-day run at the World Market Center here on July 27.
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Home sales up again in July
OTTAWA (15 July 2014) - National home sales through its Multiple Listing Service (MLS) gained ground for the fifth consecutive month in June, advancing on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis, according to the latest report from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The average sale price rose 6.9% over that in June 2013.
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Picture of the Day
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Marlaine (far left) and Eric Bennett, owners of Bennett’s Home Furnishings are seen here accepting their award as the leading multi-store Comfort Studio dealer in North America in 2013 from Bob Ireland, vice present of La-Z-Boy Canada. Looking on (at right) are Jasmine Bennett and Tyler Steeves. Click here for our report.


 

 

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