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February 8, 2013
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  • Kirkland's reports fourth quarter results
    Home specialty retailer Kirkland’s reported net sales for the fourth quarter of $162.6 million, an increase of 9% over last year. Kirkland's opened 17 stores during the period and closed two, and saw a drop of 2.6% in comparable store sales. HomeWorld Business (2/7), (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Social media is still a small part of retail, study says
    People are interacting more on social media, but only 12% of consumers made a purchase through social media last year and only 18% bought something based on a referral from a social media source, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report says. "Our survey data shows that social media will, for the near future, remain a backwater sales channel, if you can call it a sales channel at all," said the report, which was based on a survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Survey finds U.S. consumer sentiment flat
    U.S. consumer confidence in the economy held steady in January, according to the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor. While 49% of respondents indicated plans to spend less on movies, restaurants and other entertainment, the percentage of consumers planning home improvement purchases grew. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Signs of recovery are seen in jobless claims
    Initial jobless claims decreased by 5,000 last week, and retailers reported a 5% increase in same-store sales last month compared with January 2012, pointing to a slow but real recovery in the U.S. economy, Jason Lange writes. The slow pace of improvement, however, leads many experts to think the Federal Reserve will continue stimulus well into next year. Reuters (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • New Product Showcase deadline extended to Feb. 15
    The deadline for entries in the New Product Showcase has been extended to Feb. 15. The showcases are located in the Buyers Clubs in each building and open only to buyers and news media to view. A must-see destination for buyers, the showcases also allow buyers to scan products of interest and receive a printout with more information about the item. Don't miss out on this opportunity to put your new products in front of the buyers and media in a secure area. Enter today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lee Eiseman to offer color trend forecast at Intl. Home + Housewares Show
    Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, IHA’s color expert and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, will present the forecasted palettes for 2014 in her annual color trend seminar at noon on Monday, March 4. “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions” will examine the multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. On Tuesday, March 5, she will return to the stage to discuss how the color of the year is selected and to be joined by an event planning expert who will explain how to translate trends into special events. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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