AmericasMart Celebrates Robust Market
ATLANTA-As the January 2010 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market approaches the closing bell today, show organizer AmericasMart said it is setting new benchmarks with sustained, aggressive order-writing and contagious optimism for the year ahead.
Highlights include more product introductions across more product categories, all in their 2010 U.S. premiere showing, and many making exclusive world debuts; an expectant, motivated exhibitor base of permanent showrooms and temporaries who regularly partner with AmericasMart; and a strong, highly qualified buyer population of the Top 100 U.S. stores, specialty shops, multi-store retailers.
Across all permanent product centers and all temporaries categories, robust January buying affirms the confidence of retailers and designers responding to new introductions, new lines and designs and signals the promise and potential of 2010 consumer demand for new value and selection, AmericasMart said. Now in its seventh day, the market continues to register national and international retailers, as well as southeast regional customers.
The home and gift market momentum echoes that of the Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show, which closed Sunday to strong reviews on the heels of steady buying and selling elevating area rug importers' and manufacturers' 2010 business prospects, organizers said. Capping the rug market's vitality was capacity attendance at the 2010 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards, where more than 1,000 retailers, manufacturers and importers gathered to celebrate the area rug industry's highest design achievements in a gala evening sponsored by Architectural Digest.
"With many exhibitors reporting record sales--some breaking 20-year-old totals--the January Market gives strong evidence to the power and reach of the collective and collaborative efforts linking AmericsaMart and its exhibitors in common mission and purpose, all in service to the global retail community and all to set a solid business foundation for 2010 and beyond," AmericasMart said in a statement.