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Williams-Sonoma Names New Chief Technology Officer

Retailer Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) said it has hired former Macy’s and Wal-Mart executive Yasir Anwar as chief technology officer.

FastFact: Furniture, Bedding Sales Climb 6.3% in Q4

A robust December powered fourth-quarter furniture and bedding sales to a 6.3% gain over the final quarter of 2016, according to the proprietary market model from Impact Consulting, parent company of Home Furnishings Business.

Purple Becomes 1st Publicly-Traded DTC Mattress Producer

Direct-to-consumer mattress producer Purple has become a publicly-traded company following completion of its merger with Global Partner Acquisition Corp.

Vegas Market Reports 13% Attendance Increase

Organizers of the Las Vegas Market say the recently-concluded Winter Market was its busiest ever, setting a record for buyer attendance.

Ashley HomeStore Opens 800th Location

Ashley HomeStore’s newest store in Tijuana (Rio), Mexico, is the furniture retail chain’s 800th location worldwide.

Survey: Furniture Factory Orders Rise 11% in November

Furniture factory orders posted a strong increase for the second consecutive month in November, rising 11% from the previous November, according to a monthly survey from the accounting and consulting firm Smith Leonard.

Najarian Promotes Lawrence to EVP, Hires Dominguez

Casegoods resource Najarian Furniture has promoted Michael Lawrence to executive vice president of operations and hired Carlos Dominguez as national sales vice president.

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