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January 2, 2013
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  • Tips to cut homemade bread
    The right tools and a light touch can help home cooks slice up loaves of homemade bread without mashing them. A long, serrated bread knife is ideal for cooled loaves, while an electric knife is the safest bet for a loaf fresh out of the oven. Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Sales, traffic for week before Christmas down from last year
    While last-minute holiday shopping deals helped drive increases in foot traffic and retail sales for the week ending Dec. 22, the numbers remained down against last year’s performance, according to research firm ShopperTrak. Retail sales were down 2.5% as compared to the same week in 2011, with foot traffic decreasing by 3.3%. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Many Americans will pay higher taxes in 2013 despite deal
    The budget bill that would avert the "fiscal cliff" will preserve tax cuts for many middle-class Americans, but other taxes will go up in 2013. A temporary reduction in employees' contribution to Social Security will end and the average household will pay an extra $1,000 this year. The income-tax rate of individuals making more than $400,000 a year and of couples whose combined income is greater than $450,000 will rise to 39.6% from 35%. CBS MoneyWatch (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Going Green deadline this Friday, Jan. 4
    Friday is the deadline for submissions for the Going Green display at the International Home + Housewares Show. Trend spotters’ research indicates that careful consumers are looking for greener alternatives. Going Green attracts media and buyers looking for the latest products that save energy, save money and help consumers make better choices in their daily lives. Exhibitors, get attention for your sustainable products and packaging. Entries will be reviewed by sustainability experts who will select the items to be displayed. Enter today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHA's blog offers industry news, features and housewares trivia
    Stay in touch with the pulse of the housewares industry with the IHA blog. Get in-depth coverage of industry news, ranging from Show info to global topics like shipping and international business. Take in some of our lighter coverage with series like Housewares History, a combination of photos, nostalgia and videos of housewares past. And check out our guest blogs, like the Inside Discover Design series, which features interviews from the designers that made up our newest exhibit, Discover Design. Read it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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