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Hooker Furniture Reports Higher 2013 First Half Income On Lower Sales

The Company had no long-term debt at July 29, 2012 and had $13.2 million available on its $15.0 million revolving credit facility, net of $1.8 million reserved for standby letters of credit.

Business Outlook

"There's been no significant upturn in retail business yet, but we are hopeful that demand will improve as we enter what is typically the strongest selling season of the year. While housing activity has recently improved by some measures, both housing activity and consumer confidence are still below historically healthy levels," Toms said.

"Demand for casegoods remains subdued with incoming orders decreasing in the high single digit range during the second quarter compared to the same period last year, but we are encouraged that incoming order rates for upholstery were up 12% year-over-year in the second quarter," he said.

"Our consolidated backlog was up about $5 million at the end of the fiscal 2013 second quarter compared to the same date last year, and we expect to derive benefits during the third quarter from shipping bestsellers that we have re-stocked in inventory, as well as successfully launched new April furniture market introductions that will hit retail floors in September and October," Toms said.

"We are closely monitoring the possibility of a strike by the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) on October 1, 2012, which is likely if an agreement is not reached between the ILA and the United States Maritime Alliance before September 30, 2012.   We increased ordering five months ago in order to mitigate the potential impact of a strike and expect to receive about twice the normal amount of inventory for the six weeks ahead of October 1st. We are hopeful that the two parties can reach an agreement before the deadline," he said.

"On the internal operations side of our business, our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system became operational this week for our casegoods segment after nearly two years of design, planning, conversion and training efforts by our associates and implementation partner. At this point, it appears that our operations are stable and everything is proceeding according to expectations," Toms concluded.  

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