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Furniture Brands Board Member Resigns

A Furniture Brands Internatinoal board member has resigned after a 15-month stint on the furniture maker's board. Kent J. Hussey has resigned as a director.

Furniture Brands said in a regulatory filing today that Hussey resigned last Friday. His decision to leave the board was not a result of disagreements with the company or with matters related to company operations, the filing said.

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Source: STLtoday.com

BDI Names VP Marketing, Sales

BDI has named Jim Lahren  vice president of marketing and sales.

La-Z-Boy Honored by Ronald McDonald Charities

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has honored furniture supplier La-Z-Boy as the recipient of the 2013 of the RMHC Outstanding Stewardship Award.

Simmons Names New Creative Agency

Bedding supplier Simmons Bedding Co. has named a new creative, advertising and marketing agency. Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners (kbs+) is Simmons' lead creative agency.

California Moves to Scrap Flame Retardants

California took a step toward updating flammability standards, when a state bureau last week proposed new rules that could reduce the amount of toxic flame retardants in furniture and other consumer goods.

The new standards - proposed by the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation - would overturn a 1975 state rule that required furniture foam to withstand an open flame.

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Source: U-T San Diego

Furniture Mall of Kansas Opens Saturday

The Furniture Mall of Kansas is set to open Saturday with its five retail businesses in one convenient shopping location.

The 193,000-square-foot mall will feature Discover Furniture, RoomMakers, Mattress Headquarters, Marlings Furniture and Abbey Flooring Headquarters. The mall, owned by Jeff Winter and the Winter family, which has been in the home furnishings business since 1933. 

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Source: Kansas First News

Williams-Sonoma Shares Drop on Weak Forecast

Shares of Williams-Sonoma Inc., the owner of its namesake, Pottery Barn and West Elm home-goods chains, fell the most in seven months after the company forecast annual profit that trailed analysts' estimates.

The shares slid 4.2 percent to $56.97 at Wednesday's close in New York, for the biggest decline since Jan. 17. Williams-Sonoma, based in San Francisco, has gained 30 percent this year, compared with a 15 percent increase for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
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Source: Moneynews

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