September 15, 2004 |
Pier 1 Imports Inc., the largest U.S. retailer of imported home furnishings, said fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 43% because of a decline in store traffic. Net income was $10.4 million, or 12 cents a share, compared with $18.4 million, or 20 cents, a year earlier. Sales rose 5.7% to $452.3 million, the Fort Worth-based company said. Same-store sales, a key measure of retail health, fell 3%. Profit was a penny more than the average analyst estimate of 11 cents. Pier 1 shares rose $1.
March 28, 2007 |
Whenever a successful group breaks up, there is the question of whether the parts will prove to be less than their former sum -- whether whatever chemistry and historical moment that had once created a perfect pop storm can happen again, or if it's all over now for John, Paul, George and especially Ringo.
HOME & GARDEN
March 29, 2007 |
HE tackled those lovable, design-challenged men on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." He put his stamp on the W Hotel in Westwood. He even took on J. Lo. Now designer Thom Filicia is embracing a group that he has sidestepped on television: women. On "Dress My Nest," a reality series that premiered Wednesday night on the Style Network, Filicia ditches the guys for some female fashionistas.
January 1, 2004
Re "The Big Get" (Dec. 25): I found Paul Brownfield's excerpts from Saddam Hussein's mailbag informative. Curiously, he chose not to include the following letter channeled through the mailroom at Bravo: Dear Mr. Hussein: We gathered on the couch, champagne in hand, and watched as you were led out from your quarters. Carson, seeing how you were attired, ran screaming from the room. Kyan, noting your eyebrows and hairstyle, fainted. Ted yelled out, "My God, that man needs some energy smoothies."
HOME & GARDEN
October 25, 2007 |
SHOW houses are often more show than house -- a place to spot trends, get ideas and watch designers go wild. At the annual Beverly Hills Garden & Design Showcase opening Friday at the historic Greystone Mansion, visitors will see enough animal prints, arresting artworks and hand-painted wall treatments to make the 55-room, 1928 English Gothic estate feel absolutely contemporary.
July 15, 2003 |
My new favorite show, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," is simply fabulous. I love it I love it I love it! In this catty, witty and winsome hybrid of "Extreme Makeover" and "Trading Spaces," the self-described "Fab 5," a team of gay men with particular areas of expertise, give straight men a new look and a new outlook. Kind of like gay Henry Higginses to the guttersnipey He-Lies-Around-Does-Little. Or fairy godfathers to Cinderfellas. Bippity, boppity, boo, indeed.