Black + Decker Launches Pet-Friendly Vacuums

Black + Decker has launched its first line of home cleaning products designed for pets. The new lineup includes cordless lithium ion hand vacuums, a 20V Max 2-in-1 cordless vacuum and robotic vacuums.

KitchenAid Debuts Limited Edition Black Stand Mixer

KitchenAid has debuted its Artisan Black Tie limited edition 5-quart stand mixer, the first monochromatic version, as a limited edition offering.

Clarisonic Launches Smart Profile Uplift Skin Care Tool

Clarisonic has launched the brand’s first anti-aging tool, the Smart Profile Uplift. The 2-in-1 skin care tool is said to combine Clarisonic’s cleansing with a new firming massage experience.

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Prep Includes Dyson Hair Dryer

Lady Gaga used Dyson’s new Supersonic hair dryer while preparing for her Super Bowl halftime show, according to an article by PopSugar.

Under Armour Reports Q4, Full Year Sales Gains

Under Armour, Inc. reported revenues were up 12% to $1.3 billion, driven by a 5% increase in wholesale revenue to $742 million and a 23% increase in direct-to-consumer revenues to $518 million for its fourth quarter 2016.

A.O. Smith Reports Rise In Q4, Fiscal Year Sales

A.O. Smith Corporation, a manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating equipment, water treatment and air purification products that acquired Aquasana in 2016, reported record sales of $2.69 billion in 2016. This was a 6% increase from 2015 and 8% when adjusted for the stronger U.S. dollar against the Chinese currency.

LG Launches Smart Home Robotic Hub

LG Electronics showcased a new lineup of intelligent robots at CES as part of its innovations in artificial intelligence and developments in the IoT ecosystem, including its take on the smart home hub.

FTC Launches IoT Security Challenge

Due to recently exposed vulnerabilities of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the Federal Trade Commission is launching the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, challenging the public to create a tool that will address security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software in IoT devices.

Smeg Introduces New Citrus Juicer

Smeg is bringing a new, retro-inspired citrus juicer to the market.

Health & Wellness Focus Drives SodaStream

SodaStream’s run of quarterly sales increases continued in the fourth quarter as company officials said its consumer-facing messaging focused on health and wellness was key to driving sales.

Black + Decker Launches Pet-Friendly Vacuums

Black + Decker has launched its first line of home cleaning products designed for pets. The new lineup includes cordless lithium ion hand vacuums, a 20V Max 2-in-1 cordless vacuum and robotic vacuums.

iRobot Invests In Wellness Technologies

iRobot Ventures, the strategic investment arm of iRobot, has invested in Intuition Robotics, a developer of social companion technologies.

Hoover Launches New Brand Campaign

Hoover is undergoing a major rebranding effort, which looks to build on the brand’s heritage while modernizing the way it is perceived in the marketplace. The new campaign, “A New Generation of Clean,” builds upon the brand’s legacy while addressing the needs of today’s active family, the company said.

CDN Adds Digital Precision Scale

CDN is expanding its kitchen scales line with a new digital precision scale. The company stated that the scale is the first model in the line to measure to the hundredth of an ounce or the tenth of a gram.

Kuhn Rikon Introduces Piranha Tomato Set

Kuhn Rikon will introduce the Piranha Tomato Set at the upcoming International Home + Housewares Show.

IIC To Roll Out New Tomorrow’s Kitchen Tools

International Innovation Company will debut new kitchen tools from its Tomorrow’s Kitchen brand. The Vegetable Scoop and Avocado Box will be offered at the upcoming International Home + Housewares Show.

Emile Henry Marks 25th Anniversary In U.S. Market

Emile Henry has marked its 25th anniversary of bringing its housewares to the U.S. market.

Meyer Teams With Ayesha Curry For Housewares Brand

Meyer U.S. has formed a new collaboration with Ayesha Curry, cookbook author and star of “Ayesha’s Homemade” on The Food Network. The new Ayesha Curry brand will be part of Meyer’s celebrity division, bringing an added dimension to their existing celebrity roster, which includes Rachael Ray, Paula Deen and The Cake Boss.

CDN Adds Digital Precision Scale

CDN is expanding its kitchen scales line with a new digital precision scale. The company stated that the scale is the first model in the line to measure to the hundredth of an ounce or the tenth of a gram.

Kuhn Rikon Introduces Piranha Tomato Set

Kuhn Rikon will introduce the Piranha Tomato Set at the upcoming International Home + Housewares Show.

IIC To Roll Out New Tomorrow’s Kitchen Tools

International Innovation Company will debut new kitchen tools from its Tomorrow’s Kitchen brand. The Vegetable Scoop and Avocado Box will be offered at the upcoming International Home + Housewares Show.

Fiskars Names Pohjonen CFO

Fiskars has named Sari Pohjonen as chief financial officer of Fiskars Group and a member of the executive leadership team. She will report to Fiskars’ president and CEO Kari Kauniskangas.

Fiskars Reports Fourth Quarter, Full Year Results

Fiskars Corporation reported that its fourth quarter net sales were flat with the previous year, at 334.1 million EUR; while its net sales increased by 5.1% on a comparable basis. For the full year of 2016 its net sales increased by 8.8% to 1,204 million EUR and its net sales increased by 1.6% on a comparable basis.

Qik Frames Readies Chicago Debut

Qik Frame wants to bridge the gap in consumer photography between what consumers do on social media and what they do on their walls.

OFM Expands Consumer Furniture Lineup

In move to broaden its business in the consumer sector and support its dealers, OFM, an office and school furniture manufacturer and distributor, is officially launching new Essentials by OFM, a product line that expands its everyday furniture assortment with over 100 new desks, chairs and tables.

Mark Feldstein Readies Mickey And Minnie Holiday Clocks

For next month’s International Home + Housewares Show, Mark Feldstein & Associates has developed introductions that will bolster its portfolio of housewares, seasonal décor, giftware and electronic products.

Casabella Introduces Guac-Lock Retail Display

Casabella has introduced a new retail display for the upcoming Super Bowl 2017, called Game Day Approved. The new display is said to highlight the main function of Casabella’s Guac-Lock, which prevents the degradation of guacamole and other dips by storing them in individual containers.

Newell Sells Rubbermaid Tote Business To United Solutions

Newell Brands has announced a definitive agreement to sell its Rubbermaid consumer storage totes business to United Solutions, a leading supplier of plastic products for the home and office.

Newell To Acquire Sistema, Smith Mountain

Newell Brands has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire New Zealand-based food storage container company Sistema Plastics, for $470 million.

NY Now Reveals Best New Product Awards

NY Now has revealed its “Best New Product” awards and “Best Exclusive Launch” award. Hundreds of exhibitors entered the awards and one winner was chosen by a panel of judges from each of the 10 sections within the Home, Lifestyle, and Handmade collections currently on display in the Javits Convention Center, including the Accent on Design section.

IHA Lends Support To Fighting Border Tax

The International Housewares Association has joined a coalition of more than 100 businesses and trade associations that are speaking out against the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT).

Hernandez Departing Nordstrom Board

Nordstrom has announced that Enrique Hernandez, Jr., will not seek reelection to its board of directors after 20 years of service.

Prosper: Consumer Confidence Slide Continues

Consumer confidence in a strong economy going forward continued its slide in early February when a Prosper Insights and Analytics survey pegged it down two points from a similar study in early January, with the proportion of consumers looking forward to good financial news at 50.1%.

Aaron’s Stays Steady In Q4

In the fourth quarter ended December 31, Aaron’s recorded net earnings of $21.6 million versus $21.7 million in the prior-year period with diluted earnings per share coming in at 30 cents in both instances.