Rate appeal ruling due

| Paul Miller

An Appeals Court ruling was expected by early June on the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers’ challenge to the legality of the January 1999 postal rate increase.

Playboy adds Spice

| Mark Del Franco

Playboy Enterprises’ $100 million acquisition of the Spice adult pay-per-view service in March, a year after the deal was first announced, has made the

Planning ahead

| Moira Pascale

Carrie Van Dyck is co-owner of Herb Farm, a Fall City, WA-based catalog of herbs and related products. Annual sales, $2 million; annual circulation, 270,000.We

Pottery Barn kids around

| Paul Miller

Housewares and home decor cataloger/retailer Williams-Sonoma doesn’t break out sales of its five divisions: Pottery Barn, Gardener’s Eden, Chambers, Hold