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Slow Housing Market Affecting Furnishings Sales

By Home Furnishings Business in on April 2007 Home furnishings retail sales are getting hit by slow housing sales, according to a report Thursday from MarketWatch, which listed monthly sales from a number of retailers, many of who blamed declines in housing starts and slowing existing-home sales for poor sales of furniture and accessories.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has had slow home-related product sales for almost a year, the report said, despite better than expected same-store sales. BJ€™s Wholesale Club also said residential furniture sales were poor.

Federated missed Wall Street€™s projections for same-store sales, and Chief Executive Terry Lundren blamed weakness in home-related merchandise for most of that disappointment.

J.C. Penney which recruited designer Chris Madden to create an exclusive home collection, said Thursday that overall sales were robust but €œhome continued to experience some weakness.€

€œOur poorest performing businesses were home and furniture,€ said Anthony Buccina, president of merchandising at Bon-Ton Stores.

Tuesday Morning, a leading closeout retailer of upscale, decorative home accessories, saw same-store sales for the quarter dropped 5.4 percent.

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