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February 1, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • IHA previews 2013 gadgets
    The International Housewares Association hosted a preview of household gadgets debuting in 2013. The Yolk Hero is designed to easily separate an egg white from the yolk, while the Grill Bot is a computer-controlled robotic grill cleaner. WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  Retail News 
  • Portmeirion forecasts fourth year of sales growth
    Portmeirion Group is expecting 2012 revenues to show a 3% gain over the previous year, the fourth consecutive year of growth for the company. The British and South Korean markets performed well, while economic uncertainty led to a dip in U.S. performance. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF: Consumers will spend to show the Valentine's Day love
    Collectively consumers will spend 5.7% more on Valentine's Day this year than last, and celebrants say they'll spend more on everyone from parents and children to teachers and pets, while spending a bit less on their significant others, according a survey from NRF and BIGinsight. "Valentine’s Day remains one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year, and although consumers will be conscientious with their spending, it’s great to see that millions of Americans are still looking forward to celebrating with their loved ones," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. MediaPost Communications (1/31), Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Initial unemployment claims edge up in U.S.
    First-time jobless claims in the U.S. rose 38,000, to 368,000 in the week that ended Jan. 26, the Labor Department said. Economists anticipated 345,000 initial claims. The four-week rolling average viewed by many economists as giving a more accurate picture of labor market conditions rose only 250. Google/Agence France-Presse (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Tom Mirabile to discuss the top trends for 2013
    Today's consumer is often a study in contrasts. They want high design, but not too over-the-top. They crave innovation, but not at the expense of familiarity. These consumer expectations and other will be the focus of "Top Trends for 2013: Staying Relevant to the Unpredictable Consumer" on Monday, March 4, at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. Presented by Tom Mirabile, IHA's lifestyle trend forecaster and senior vice president of global trend and design at Lifetime Brands, the program begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all Show attendees. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Paint the Show Store pink
    During the International Home + Housewares Show, the Show Store is the place where attendees and exhibitors can make reservations for the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) or purchase tickets to the Industry Breakfast. The Show Store also sells pink products to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the HCF's legacy charity. Exhibitors are needed to donate pink product that can be sold at the Store for a nominal price -- under $20 -- all proceeds to benefit BCRF. Past merchandise has included pink hair dryers, hair brushes, thermoses, magnets and bracelets for the cause. For more information, contact Ginny Costello. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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