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  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    September 8, 2017

    7 takeaways from Conn's 2Q earnings call

    Conn’s managed to swing to a profit despite a steep drop in fiscal second quarter sales, and its higher-margin furniture business had something to do with that. Here’s more on this, the continuing impact of Hurricane Harvey and other takeaways from Conn’s earnings call with the investment community Thursday: Conn’s loses fewer business days to Harvey but … The furniture, electronics and appliance retailer lost about 100 selling days to Hurricane Harvey — not bad when compared to other storms, such as Hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008, which combined for 144 lost days, and Hurricane Rita in ...

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  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    September 6, 2017

    Harvey victims leave their Gallery shelter, but Mack's still providing

    I caught up with Jim “Mack” McIngvale again Wednesday. By now, you (and most everyone in this country) have heard about how he opened his two largest Gallery Furniture stores in Houston to shelter some 800 or so flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. All the families he took in during the storm left Friday, but McIngvale’s work continued. On Wednesday afternoon, he was out in front of his North Freeway location, directing about 1,000 people, who were waiting in line for free cleaning supplies, toilet paper, bottled water, soap and shampoo. “We’re getting about 2,000 people ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    August 31, 2017

    Harvey affords perfect example of 'doing the right thing'

    There are very few times when it is difficult to write about the furniture business, but this is one of those times. This week the people of Houston and the surrounding areas of both Texas and Louisiana have endured a level of upheaval and devastation rarely seen on this scale. Thousands have been uprooted from their homes and sent fleeing for their lives, forced to leave their possessions, their family treasures — so much of what makes up the safe cocoon we all build around ourselves — behind. And before it’s over, hundreds of thousands will likely have their lives upended ...

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