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February 20, 2013
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  • Appliance makes hot dog preparation easy
    EZGuardZ has unveiled a fun countertop appliance designed to help fill cravings for hot dogs. The Hot Dog Steamer CuiZen ST-1412 features a steamer for the hog dogs and a heating drawer for buns. CNET (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Survey tracks shop closures across Great Britain
    The number of shop vacancies across Great Britain dropped slightly in 2012, but consumer shopping trends point to a continued decline in the need for brick-and-mortar outlets, according to The Local Data Company’s More Clicks, Less Bricks survey. Wales was the worst-performing country, with the West Midlands coming in as the region with the most closures. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best Buy shares post significant climb in early 2013
    Best Buy has emerged as a top stock performer behind Netflix on the S&P 500 with analysts predicting the company’s shares will continue to perform well. Best Buy shares are up almost 47% since the beginning of the year. CNBC (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Obama warns of harm to economy from automatic cuts
    Thousands of jobs and the U.S. economy will be put in danger if budget sequestration takes effect March 1, imposing $85 billion in spending cuts, President Barack Obama says. He appealed to Republican lawmakers to back a debt-reduction plan that relies on a combination of revenues from eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy and a spending reduction. Republicans said Obama was merely trying to shift the blame for the sequester. USA Today (2/19), NBC News/First Read blog (2/19), The Washington Post (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Index shows a slip in homebuilders' confidence
    U.S. homebuilders have become less optimistic this month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. "This is partly due to ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit," NAHB Chairman Rick Judson said. "But it's also a reflection of the fact that builders are now confronting rising costs for building materials and, in some markets, limited availability of labor and lots as demand for new homes strengthens." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Money & Co. blog (2/19), (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Housewares Charity Foundation to honor Bufano, Jaffee
    The Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) will honor two industry veterans at its 16th annual gala dinner March 4 during the International Home + Housewares Show. Kathryn Bufano, president and chief merchandising officer of Belk, will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award, and Keith Jaffee of O2 Cool will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Proceeds from the evening, which includes auctions, entertainment and dinner prepared by James Beard Award-winning chefs, will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and Long Island Cares -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Use the Show app to enhance your visit
    Make your Show visit more productive with the mobile app for the International Home + Housewares Show. "ih+hs 2013" is available for iPhone and iPad in the App Store or for Android devices in the Google Play. Users can search for exhibitor booths as well as their pre-planned, customized Show floor plans and exhibitor lists through a direct link to Housewares Connect 365. The app also allows you to search for information on Show educational events and displays and Cooking Theater appearances, as well as locate services such as coat check or restaurant facilities. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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