• November Sales See Month-to-Month Growth, Offering Retailers Encouragement for Holiday Season

    Dec 14, 2009

    According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) rose 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from October and dipped 0.8 percent year-over-year. The numbers are in line with NRF's forecast of a 1 percent decline in holiday sales.… Full Story »
  • Pantone Unveils Turquoise as Color of the Year for 2010

    Dec 10, 2009

    Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, as the color of the year for 2010. According to Pantone, turquoise combines the serene qualities of blue and the… Full Story »
  • Bravado Partners With Rubieis To Create Michael Jackson Costumes

    Dec 9, 2009

    Bravado, the world's leading global music merchandising company, has partnered with Rubie's Costume Co. to be the manufacturer of costumes based on entertainment icon Michael Jackson. The costumes are being produced in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. Rubie's Costume Co., the world's largest… Full Story »
  • Grasslands Road, A Division of Amscan Inc., Opens Two New Showrooms

    Dec 9, 2009

    Two new permanent Grasslands Road showroom locations in Dallas and Seattle, will be open for retailers in January 2010, coinciding with the Winter Gift Shows. The new Dallas showroom is located in the Dallas Trade Mart, Suite 2325, and the new showroom in Seattle is… Full Story »
  • NRF Offers Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Returns

    Dec 9, 2009

    To ensure that recipients are happy with holiday gifts, millions of Americans will rely on gift receipts to enable loved ones to return or exchange a gift seamlessly when the holidays are over. According to the National Retail Federation's (NRF) 2009 Holiday Returns Survey, 58.6… Full Story »
  • According to RAMA Survey, Word of Mouth Influences Purchases

    Dec 7, 2009

    Retailers will spend millions of dollars on advertising this holiday season, but many shoppers won't commit to buying some gifts until hearing from people just like them that it's worth it. According to a Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA) survey conducted by BIGresearch, word… Full Story »
  • C.R. Gibson Partners With Carter’s

    Dec 2, 2009

    C.R. Gibson and Carter's, America's No. 1 children's brand, have joined together to bring three new collections of photo, memory and gift products set to debut at select winter markets, including Atlanta AmericasMart, Dallas Gift Market, Los Angeles Market and the New York International Gift… Full Story »
  • Americans Spent $41.2 Billion Over Holiday Weekend

    Nov 30, 2009

    A National Retail Federation (NRF) survey conducted over the weekend confirms the expected: more people spent less. According to NRF's Black Friday shopping survey, conducted by BIGresearch, 195 million shoppers visited stores and Web sites over Black Friday weekend, up from 172 million last year.… Full Story »
  • Retailers Increase Cyber Monday Promotions to Entice Holiday Shoppers Looking for Bargains

    Nov 23, 2009

    Holiday shoppers looking for bargains aren't likely to be disappointed when they learn what retailers have planned for Cyber Monday. According to's eHoliday Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, nearly nine in ten (87.1 percent) retailers will have a special promotion for Cyber Monday, up from… Full Story »
  • Halloween & Party Expo Attracting International Attention

    Nov 22, 2009

    Buyers from around the world are registered to attend the Halloween & Party Expo Jan. 23-26 in Houston, Texas. Countries represented include Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Greece, China, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK, just to name a few. "We're very pleased… Full Story »

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