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February 12, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Housewares industry sees limited retail growth
    Housewares retail industry growth held steady at 0.1% in the five years leading up to 2012-2013, according to a new report from IbisWorld. The recent global recession hit the industry’s growth prospects as consumers around the world limited their spending. Inside Retailing Online (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spectrum Brands sees losses in Europe
    Spectrum Brand appliances saw an increase of battery sales in Europe, while sales of personal care products and small electrical appliances dropped. The company reported net sales of $666 million in first quarter fiscal year 2013, down from $689.2 million a year earlier. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Robot Coupe unveils new processor
    The Robot Coupe CL40 Vegetable Processor is built to process over six pounds of food per minute. The appliance features two hoppers, a cylindrical feed tube and 26 stainless steel discs to choose from. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prohibition Kit brews up more than moonshine
    Italian designer Francesco Morackini’s Prohibition Kit can be used as an entire system or broken down into kitchen utensils. Pieces in the set include a pot, fondue stove, fruit bowl and watering can. Gizmodo (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mug lets users build a brew
    Think Geek’s Build-On Brick Mug is designed to let LEGO, Mega Bloks and KNEX fans play with their favorite blocks while sipping a hot beverage. The mug is made from BPA-free plastic and requires hand washing. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  Finance & Policy 
  • Don't look for more debt-reduction talk from White House
    The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that it doesn't plan to launch another initiative to cut the national debt. The White House is telling policymakers that if a deal can be reached to head off across-the-board cuts, President Barack Obama will have achieved his goal of curbing the acceleration of government borrowing. The Washington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg to headline Industry Breakfast
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be the featured speaker at the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, March 5, during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. Bloomberg was first elected mayor in 2002 and has brought change and reform to the city during his tenure. IHA Chairman Bill Reibl, president of Infusion Living LLC, will briefly outline the association’s accomplishments in the past year and its objectives for the future. Tickets are available for purchase individually or for tables of 10 with priority seating. Order tickets. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You’re an IHA member -- benefit from it!
    IHA members have access to annual benefits, from business cost-savings programs to networking opportunities to member share groups. The 2013 membership renewal notices will be mailed in mid-February. Don’t lose any benefits -- renew today. Lower your costs on container freight shipping, LTL freight, ground shipping programs and more. Find employees through the housewares Job Center. Other assistance programs include product testing, export assistance, media access through press events and researching global markets through trade missions. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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