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Hooker Furniture Declares Quarterly Dividend

MARTINSVILLE, Va., March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hooker Furniture (Nasdaq:HOFT) announced that on March 19, 2013, its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, payable on April 12, 2013 to shareholders of record at March 29, 2013. This represents the second dividend declaration under the Company's previously announced expectation to declare and pay dividends to more closely coincide with its fiscal quarters.     

Ranked among the nation's top 10 largest publicly traded furniture sources based on 2011 shipments to U.S. retailers, Hooker Furniture Corporation is an 88-year old residential wood, metal and upholstered furniture resource. Major casegoods product categories include home entertainment, home office, accent, dining, and bedroom furniture in the upper-medium price points sold under the Hooker Furniture brand, and youth bedroom furniture sold under the Opus Designs by Hooker Furniture brand. Hooker's residential upholstered seating companies include Bradington-Young, a specialist in upscale motion and stationary leather furniture, and Sam Moore Furniture, a specialist in upscale fabric occasional chairs with an emphasis on cover-to-frame customization. Please visit our websites at www.hookerfurniture.com, www.bradington-young.com, www.sammoore.com and www.opusdesigns.com.

Although we presently intend to continue to declare cash dividends on a quarterly basis for the foreseeable future, the determination as to the payment and the amount of any future dividends will be made by the board of directors from time to time and will depend on our then-current financial condition, capital requirements, results of operations and any other factors then deemed relevant by the board of directors.

The Hooker Furniture Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4305

Certain statements made in this report, other than those based on historical facts, are forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our reasonable judgment with respect to future events and typically can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "projects," "intends," "plans," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could" or "anticipates," or the negative thereof, or other variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: (1) general economic or business conditions, both domestically and internationally, and instability in the financial and credit markets, including their potential impact on our (i) sales and operating costs and access to financing, (ii) customers and suppliers and their ability to obtain financing or generate the cash necessary to conduct their respective businesses; (2) risks associated with domestic manufacturing operations, including fluctuations in capacity utilization and the prices and availability of key raw materials as well as transportation, warehousing and domestic labor costs and environmental compliance and remediation costs; (3) disruptions involving our vendors or the transportation and handling industries, particularly those affecting imported products, including customs issues, labor stoppages, strikes or slowdowns and the availability of shipping containers and cargo ships; (4) our ability to successfully implement our business plan to increase sales and improve financial performance, including possible adverse effects on our results due to material restructuring or asset impairment charges if we are unsuccessful; (5) volatility in the increased costs of imported goods, including fluctuations and increases in the prices of purchased finished goods and transportation and warehousing costs; (6) higher than expected costs associated with product quality and safety, including costs related to defective or non-compliant products as well as regulatory compliance costs related to the sale of consumer products; (7) the direct and indirect costs associated with the implementation of our Enterprise Resource Planning system, including costs resulting from unanticipated disruptions to our business; (8) price competition in the furniture industry; (9) changes in domestic and international monetary policies and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates affecting the price of our imported products and raw materials; (10) the cyclical nature of the furniture industry, which is particularly sensitive to changes in the housing markets, consumer confidence, the amount of consumers' income available for discretionary purchases, and the availability and terms of consumer credit; (11) supply, transportation and distribution disruptions, particularly those affecting imported products, including the availability of shipping containers and cargo ships; (12) achieving and managing growth and change, and the risks associated with international operations, acquisitions, restructurings, and strategic alliances; (13) adverse political acts or developments in, or affecting, the international markets from which we import products, including duties or tariffs imposed on those products; (14) risks associated with distribution through third-party retailers, such as non-binding dealership arrangements; (15) capital requirements and costs; and (16) competition from non-traditional outlets, such as catalogs and internet retailers and home improvement centers; changes in consumer preferences, including increased demand for lower-quality, lower-priced furniture due to declines in consumer confidence and/or discretionary income available for furniture purchases and the availability of consumer credit. Any forward looking statement that we make speaks only as of the date of that statement, and we undertake no obligation, except as required by law, to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: For more information, contact:
         
         Paul B. Toms Jr.
         Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
         Hooker Furniture Corporation
         276.632.6133 or
         
         Paul Huckfeldt
         Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
         276.632.2133

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