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March 1, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • MSC opens operations in the UK
    MSC International has opened a warehouse, customer service and distribution operation in the UK for the company’s Joie products. Canadian-based MSC is known for novelty kitchenware products. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Chef's Choice gets top ranking from Hammacher Schlemmer
    The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute has given U.S.-made Chef’s Choice Model 130 Professional Sharpening Station a "The Best" rating in the 2013 electric knife sharpening category. Institute analysts ran the Chef’s Choice product through various tests and found it effectively sharpens all kinds of steel knives to sharp, resilient edges. The Gourmet Retailer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Sears reports higher-than-expected profits
    Sears Holdings reported a higher-than-anticipated quarterly profit on Thursday, driven largely by cost-cutting measures as same-store sales fell 1.6%. CEO Edward Lampert said the retailer will continue a plan launched in May to boost sales with investments in in-store technology, online retail and the Sears customer-loyalty program. Reuters (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Financial stress sends more consumers to dollar stores
    Family Dollar stores see more emphasis on consumables such as food and cleaning products among their typically low-income or financially stressed patrons, says Chief Financial Officer Mary Winston. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar both grew last year, with Family Dollar opening 475 stores in 2012 and planning 500 more this year. CNBC/Consumer Nation blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  IHA News 
  • Follow the Housewares Show on Twitter at #IHHS13
    Can't make it to the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show? We've got you covered with our social media updates from the Show floor! Search the hashtag #IHHS13 on Twitter for all things housewares during the Show, March 2 to 5, and look for status updates, photos and more on the IHA Facebook page! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tom Mirabile to discuss the top trends for 2013
    Today's consumer is often a study in contrasts. They want high design, but not too over-the-top. They crave innovation, but not at the expense of familiarity. These consumer expectations and other will be the focus of "Top Trends for 2013: Staying Relevant to the Unpredictable Consumer" on Monday, March 4, at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. Presented by Tom Mirabile, IHA's lifestyle trend forecaster and senior vice president of global trend and design at Lifetime Brands, the program begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all Show attendees. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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