Lifetime Brands brings former WMT exec to board
Garden City, N.Y.-based Lifetime Brands, global provider of kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home, announced that its board of directors has elected Dennis E. Reaves as a director of the company.
Reaves has 45 years of retail experience with more than 35 years in senior management positions in all facets of retail. He formerly was senior VP and general merchandise manager of Wal-Mart Stores, where he had responsibility for $18 billion in sales volume. Reaves also has served as a senior consultant to leading retailers, such as Big Lots and Gap and to multinational consumer products companies, including Jarden Corp.
Scotts sales finish the year strong
Scotts Miracle-Gro quite literally made up for lost time in the second half of the year, finishing with fiscal year sales essentially flat from the previous year.
The company’s full year net sales were $2.82 billion, after a 9% increase in the second half, including a 10% increase in the fourth quarter.
"Despite dramatic delays in our season due to poor spring weather, consumers were highly engaged in the second half of the year, allowing us to exceed our guidance," said CEO Jim Hagedorn." He also pointed to the success of Project Max, the company’s cost-cutting and productivity initiative.
Still, the CEO described the consumer marketplace as "soft." The company’s outlook calls for sales growth of 2% to 3% in fiscal 2014.
In the fourth quarter, Scotts sales of $443.0 million, compared to sales of $401.2 million in the fourth quarter last year. The net income line showed a loss of $19.4 million, compared to a loss of $40.1 million in the same quarter last year.
For the full year, the company’s net income was $161.1 million, up from $106.5 million in fiscal 2012.