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January 7, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Bangladesh ceramic market awaits boom as Chinese tax begins
    Bangladeshi ceramic tableware manufacturers are expecting a business boom in 2013 as new taxes imposed by the European Commission on Chinese products come into effect. The new tax makes most Chinese ceramic lines entering Europe subject to anti-dumping duties that will increase their dock-side prices by as much as 58.8%. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail News 
  • Appliance sector lags as U.S. manufacturing expands
    While U.S. manufacturing output overall increased for December, the Electrical Equipment, Appliance and Components sector experienced a contraction, according to the latest numbers in the Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The report also found that the U.S. economy expanded for the 43rd straight month. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More retail outlets to carry HGTV Home furniture line
    The HGTV Home furniture collection debuted at retail outlets in September with a line of bedroom, dining room, entertainment and accent furniture in five style themes. HGTV presenters and designers will be on hand for meet-and-greet events as the line becomes available in more retails outlets across the U.S. and Canada in the coming weeks. Home Accents Today online (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Financial advisers expect wealthy to cut back spending
    Since Congress averted the U.S. "fiscal cliff," wealthy taxpayers likely will scale back their spending and look for opportunities to defer income, financial advisers said. People with taxable income of more than $400,000 a year and households with more than $450,000 face the biggest tax increase because of the budget deal. Reuters (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: Factory jobs were hit by trade deal with China
    Giving China "permanent normal trade relations" status in 2000 has reduced U.S. manufacturing employment by 29.6%, according to a paper by Federal Reserve researcher Justin Pierce and Yale University's Peter Schott. Without the deal, U.S. manufacturing jobs would have increased by about 10% rather than contracting, they concluded. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IHA News 
  • Enter your product in the IHA Innovation Awards
    Once again, International Home + Housewares Show exhibitors’ latest creations and cutting-edge innovations will receive recognition with the second annual IHA Innovation Awards. The finalists will be spotlighted in the New Product Showcases, located in the Buyers Club in each Show building. A panel of expert judges, including seasoned designers, retailers and industry experts, will select submissions that represent the best in each of 13 product categories. To be eligible, a product must be entered in the New Product Showcase. The winners will be announced on Saturday, March 2. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHA's LinkedIn page connects the housewares industry
    Connect with peers from around the housewares industry via pages for IHA and HECNA on LinkedIn. Communicate with other housewares business professionals and post questions/answers, help peers with problems and conduct B2B relationships all within the same webpage. The HECNA page connects the international sales managers of our global networking community to help them keep in touch on issues year-round. Join our networks today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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