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Masco reports international sales up, but domestic sales down

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Taylor, Mich.-based Masco reported a net loss for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007, at $151 million compared with a net loss of $187 million in the same quarter of 2006.

Fourth-quarter 2007 net sales from continuing operations declined 8 percent to $2.7 billion compared with $2.9 billion for the fourth quarter of 2006.

For the year, the company reported net income of $386 million, down 20 percent from $488 billion in 2006.

The company reported net sales of $11.8 billion, down 13 percent from $12.7 billion as reported in 2006. North American sales declined 12 percent, and international sales increased 15 percent.

The company said results for 2007 were adversely affected by lower sales volume of installation and other services, assembled cabinets and windows and doors in the new home construction market and a decline in consumer spending for home improvement products.

Masco is a major manufacturer of kitchen cabinets, plumbing products and architectural and design products, with brands including Arrow Fastener, Behr paint and Delta Faucet.

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Housewares giant warns on sales

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Lifetime Brands, one of North America’s largest makers of housewares, has said it expects lower sales in the fourth quarter than previously forecast, to $490 million to $495 million, downwardly revised from $500 million to $515 million.

The company expects to release its fourth-quarter and year-end 2007 results in early March.

The company did not cite a specific reason for the lower sales, but Jeffrey Siegel, chairman, president and CEO of Lifetime Brands, characterized the current retail environment as “challenging.”

“We continue to make progress in our long-term strategic objectives. We expect continued strong product placement in 2008,” he added.

Garden City, N.Y.-based Lifetime Brands makes and markets products under a number of banners, including the Martha Stewart Collection, KitchenAid, Farberware and Pfaltzgraff.

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Design Within Reach to open in Canada

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San Francisco-based specialty retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) will open its first location outside the United States, a 4,700-square-foot studio in Toronto.

The store is slated to open on Feb. 23, and a grand opening celebration is planned for March 13. According to the company, it will showcase a selection of outdoor furniture, bedroom and workspace designs, seating, lighting, rugs and “other modern items for the home or office.”

DWR CEO Ray Brunner explained, “Strong demand from Canadian residents and international tourists for well-designed products made Toronto the logical choice for DWR’s first international location.”

DWR’s studio stores are located in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In all, the company has 67 retail studios in the United States and Canada.

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