April 12, 2002




Midwest publisher acquires Clotilde catalog

Fort Lauderdale, FL-based needlecraft catalog Clotilde’s Sewing Notions was acquired on April 9 by Berne, IN-based Dynamic Resource Group (DRG), a $75 million publishing, printing, and subscription and catalog fulfillment business.
Clotilde was founded in 1971 by Don and Clotilde Lampe, who also …

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April 11, 2002




Coldwater: could have been worse

Apparel cataloger/retailer Coldwater Creek (Nasdaq: CWTR) reported a 16% decline in fourth-quarter net sales, to $116.6 million from $139.0 million in fiscal 2000. But given that the Sandpoint, ID-based company mailed nearly 40% fewer catalogs than it had the previous fourth quarter, the decline …

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April 11, 2002




March sales round-up

Stamford, CT—As far as sales go, March had its ups and downs for the publicly-traded marketers tracked by Catalog Age. Some blame the timing of the Easter holiday, which occurred in late March this year rather than April, for …

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April 10, 2002




Movers and shakers

Norwalk, CT-based computer reseller Micro Warehouse has named Kirby Myers to the newly created position of president, North American operations. Kirby comes to Micro Warehouse from Insight Direct, where he most recently was exeuctive vice president of European operations.
Philippe …

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April 10, 2002




Employment survey suggests economic rally

More than two-thirds of respondents to a Bernhart Associates survey say they plan to add to their staffs by the end of June. What’s more, the number of direct marketers with hiring freezes has dropped for the first time …

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April 10, 2002




Viking’s Helford retires…again

Wondering what Michael Jordan and Irwin Helford have in common? Both have retired more than once. CATALOG AGE has learned Helford retired last month as chairman of Viking Office Products for the second time.
Helford had originally retired from the …

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April 9, 2002




USPS formally approves rate hike

The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors on April 9 formally rubber-stamped the recommended decision of the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) to increase postal rates on June 30. Catalog rates will increase 7%-10%.
Postmaster General Jack Potter also vowed on April 9 …

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April 9, 2002




Good Catalog/Gifts.com for sale

Less than four years after buying Good Catalog Co., Reader’s Digest is trying to sell the gifts cataloger as well as its Gifts.com business.
“We sent out some feelers to potential strategic investors and have had some interest,” …

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April 8, 2002




Faith Mountain folds catalog

Three years’ worth of red ink led apparel and home goods marketer Faith Mountain Co. to exit the catalog business, CATALOG AGE has learned. Rather than filing for bankruptcy, however, the Sperryville, VA-based marketer is living off the business generated …

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April 8, 2002




Alamo completes Valu-Bilt acquisition

Alamo Group
has completed is acquisition of the assets of $14.1 million Des Moines, IA-based Valu-Bilt Tractor Parts from Quality Stores for $7.5 million.
Seguin, TX-based Alamo Group manufactures tractor-mounted mowing and other farming maintenance equipment. Valu-Bilt provides new, used and rebuilt …

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