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Can Ralph Lauren Go ‘Back to the Future’ to Rebuild its Home Furnishing Business?

Ralph Lauren Corporation just delivered sobering first-quarter news. Revenues declined 66% year-over-year, from $1.4 billion in first-quarter 2019 to $487.5 million, and net income dropped from $128 million compared to a gain of $117.1 million last year. Stock prices ended the day of the announcement at $66.68, falling from $119 at the start of the […]

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Prospects for Home Brands In Post-Pandemic World

The National Kitchen and Bath Association asked me to share research and perspectives on the future of home-related businesses is in the post-pandemic market. Here are my thoughts along with those from with Bill Darcy of the NKBA and J. Walker Smith of Kantar Consulting. And for a wider look across other segments in the […]

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Gary Friedman Aims to Make RH More Luxury, But Can His Dream Become Reality?

In a recent conversation with fellow Forbes.com contributor Steve Dennis, our wide-ranging discussion turned to RH, the company formerly known as Restoration Hardware. “I was at a conference where Gary Friedman talked about these new gallery stores that hadn’t opened yet. And I thought he was crazy,” Dennis said. I had much the same feeling […]

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Main Street Coronavirus Survival Guide: How an Art Gallery, Jewelry Store, Home Furnishings Store, Gift Shop and Florist Will Survive Shutdowns

Small businesses’ opportunity to apply for their piece of the initial $379 billion CARES Act funding has come and gone. Overwhelmingly popular, the National Federation of independent Businesses reports that 70% of its 300,000 members applied for loans. While Congress moved quickly to add additional funds to the program for small businesses, tax attorney Logan […]

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