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Chicago Market Announces Best In Show Award Winners

Chicago Market Announces Best In Show Award Winners

CHICAGO—The Chicago Market: Living and Giving presented 10 companies with best-in-show awards for the market completed last month. For Best Exhibit Display, the category awards went to Rolf Glass as the Gourmet Winner; W.I.N.O.S. Inc. as the What a Girl Wants Winner; Amity Home as the Home Winner; Royal Green Enterprise as the Gift &More »

J.C. Penney Begins Liz Claiborne Rollout

J.C. Penney Begins Liz Claiborne Rollout

PLANO, Texas – The first exclusive products bearing the Liz Claiborne label – in women’s and men’s apparel – begin turning up on J.C. Penney shelves this week, part of a massive roll-out of the brand that will spread to home next January. Some 30 different product classifications are included in the program, which positionsMore »

Jarden Net Drops 14.5 Percent As Sales Jump 22 Percent

Jarden Net Drops 14.5 Percent As Sales Jump 22 Percent

RYE, N.Y.—Net income for Jarden Corp. dropped 14.5 percent in the second quarter, to $38.4 million. The company’s bottom line suffered in spite of a 22 percent gain in second-quarter net sales, which totaled $1.5 billion. Selling, general and administrative expenses rose 14 percent in the quarter, and gross margin dropped 147 basis points toMore »

Hamilton Beach Net Declines 19 Percent in Second Quarter

Hamilton Beach Net Declines 19 Percent in Second Quarter

CLEVELAND—The Hamilton Beach brand posted a decrease of 19 percent in net income in the second quarter, to $3.8 million. A statement from NACCO, the brand’s parent company, attributed the falloff in the bottom line to higher employee-related costs—which occurred due to the full restoration of compensation and benefits that were suspended in the firstMore »

NRF Predicts 15 Percent Gain In Import Cargo Volume for 2010

NRF Predicts 15 Percent Gain In Import Cargo Volume for 2010

WASHINGTON—Import cargo volume at the nation’s retail container ports should rise 15 percent in 2010 to 14.5 million containers, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. In its monthly Global Port Tracker, the two organizations based their call on the fact that, through the first half of this year, importMore »

Online Catalog Gallery Generates Leads for NYIGF Exhibitors

Online Catalog Gallery Generates Leads for NYIGF Exhibitors

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Leading up to the New York International Gift Fair, opening this coming weekend, the Gift Fair’s Online Catalog Gallery has generated thousands of leads for exhibiting vendors, according to GLM, the show’s owner and manager. By GLM’s count, the gallery has produced more than 5,700 sales leads from 128 countries for some 375More »

NPD Group: Home Improvement Shows Signs of Recovery

NPD Group: Home Improvement Shows Signs of Recovery

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—The NPD Group said home improvement market categories saw an overall dollar increase of four percent in the12 months ending in June, compared to the same time last year. Warehouse home centers were up two percent and hardware stores were up 21 percent in sales in the last 12 months. Home improvement categoriesMore »