Proxy Governance, Inc. Supports Furniture Brands' Full Slate

Saint Louis, Missouri, UNITED STATES

  Calls for Stockholders to Vote the White Proxy Card for the FBN Board

      Report Acknowledges and Supports Management Turnaround Plan

ST. LOUIS, April 22, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Furniture Brands International (NYSE:FBN) announced today that PROXY Governance, Inc., a leading proxy advisory firm, is supporting the company's full proxy slate for its annual meeting of stockholders on May 1, 2008. PROXY Governance also recommends that stockholders take no action with regard to the minority slate of directors proposed by SCSF Equities LLC ("Sun Capital").

"Our board and management team are pleased that PROXY Governance has recognized our core messages to stockholders -- great change has been accomplished and the strategic plan is generating positive results," said Ralph P. Scozzafava, chief executive officer and vice chairman.

The company encourages all stockholders to review the entire PROXY Governance report, relevant sections of which are excerpted below, for a discussion of the steps being taken by the company and PROXY Governance's analysis of the situation.

An excerpt of the PROXY Governance report follows:

  As the dissidents disavow any "specific plans" for the company, this
  proxy contest is a referendum not so much on the past performance of
  the company or the board, but on the speed and aggressiveness of
  change, and the company's potential as a standalone entity.

  One wonders what "aggressive" means, if (sic) it not a company which
  -- within six months of launching its turnaround plan --
  significantly reduced its debt, significantly improved its cash
  position, significantly increased EPS from continuing operations
  despite a decline in sales from those operations -- then reaffirmed
  its forecast of significant full-year earnings improvement despite
  clear and continuing weakness in the economic environment.

  If, as the dissidents and at least one other suitor apparently
  believed when they made unsolicited offers to purchase the company
  outright, this was a company with strong but unrealized potential,
  it seems the board had already reached the same conclusion and taken
  appropriate action. We note that the company has not only named a
  new CEO, Scozzafava, who has been intimately engaged in developing,
  driving, and measuring results of the turnaround plan, but has
  replaced the CFO and president and is actively recruiting new
  directors with the background to help sustain the transformation. We
  also note that the turnaround plan itself replaces the company's
  entire holding company business model with an operating company
  model more amenable to realizing economies of scale. Perhaps most
  importantly for shareholders, however, is that the turnaround plan
  -- which focuses initially on the comparatively lower-hanging fruit
  of cost rationalization to improve margins -- has a strong revenue
  enhancement focus as well, which will gain additional leverage from
  the cost rationalization and from which the company expects to see
  results by 2009.

  We concur that many of these changes might be easier, and the
  turnaround might proceed more quickly, as a private company. That
  strategy, however, would also preclude current shareholders from
  participating in the potential upside of that turnaround and the
  company's ongoing success. Given the apparently ambitious scope of
  the turnaround plan, and the credibility this management team has
  demonstrated in its first six months, it seems unlikely current
  shareholders would benefit from shaking up the existing board and
  the management team it has so recently put in place.

  Recognizing the substantial management changes the board has
  implemented, and the company's significant performance toward its
  financial and operating milestones in the first six months of its
  turnaround plan, PROXY Governance generally believes that the board
  should be granted latitude to implement its strategic plan.

About PROXY Governance

According to its website, PROXY Governance, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of FOLIOfn, Inc., is a unique and independent new proxy advisory and voting company that fills a critical need in today's marketplace -- the need for objective advice that supports the goal of building long-term shareholder value.

PROXY Governance provides research and proxy voting recommendations on U.S. and non-U.S. publicly reporting companies. Coverage is based on securities held in client portfolios. For non-U.S. companies, research and recommendations may be provided through partnerships with other leading proxy advisory firms, or directly by PROXY Governance when proxy materials are reasonably available in a timely manner.

About Furniture Brands

Furniture Brands International (NYSE:FBN) is a vertically integrated operating company that is one of the nation's leading designers, manufacturers, and retailers of home furnishings. With annual sales of approximately $2 billion, it markets through a wide range of retail channels, from mass merchant stores to single-brand and independent dealers to company-owned stores to specialized interior designers. Furniture Brands serves its customers through some of the best known and most respected brands in the furniture industry, including Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Pearson, Hickory Chair, Laneventure, and Maitland-Smith.

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Important Additional Information

In connection with the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Company filed a proxy statement regarding the 2008 Annual Meeting with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and on March 31, 2008 mailed the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the 2008 Annual Meeting, and on April 16, 2008, mailed a supplement to the proxy statement and an additional proxy card to stockholders entitled to vote at the 2008 Annual Meeting. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT, THE SUPPLEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The proxy statement, supplement and other documents (when available) relating to the 2008 Annual Meeting can be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website at These documents can also be obtained free of charge from the Company at the Company's website at under the "Investor Info" tab, or upon written request to Furniture Brands International, Inc., 101 South Hanley Road, Suite 1900, St. Louis, MO 63105, Attention: Corporate Secretary. In addition, copies of the Proxy Statement may be requested by contacting the Company's proxy solicitor, Morrow & Co., by telephone toll free at 800-607-0088.

The Company and its directors, director nominees and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the 2008 Annual Meeting.

Information regarding the interests of the directors, director nominees and executive officers of the Company in the solicitation is more specifically set forth in the definitive proxy statement and the proxy statement supplement that were filed by the Company with the SEC and which are available free of charge from the SEC and the Company, as indicated above.


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