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September, 2011

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2-4 Minnetonka, MN
3 Denver
3-4 Seattle
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4 Los Angeles
5-6 Denver
11-12 Denver
13-17 Atlanta
16-18 Ohio
21-26 Denver
22-25 Chicago
25-28 New York
27-30 Dallas

November 2011
1 Los Angeles
2-3 Long Beach, CA
7-8 Denver
7-8 Dallas
9-10 Irving, TX
9-13 New York
10 Chicago
10-11 Los Angeles
16-20 New York
18 Denver
22 Chicago
28-30 New York

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Three Percent Rise in Holiday Sales Forecasted by Survey

In its new Retail Compass Survey of CFOs, BDO says the 100 retail CFOs it polled are forecasting a 3% gain in Holiday Season sales for 2011, the most upbeat prediction since 2007. Furthermore, same-store-sales projections for the second half of the year nearly doubled from 1.9% to 3.5% (source).

And the number expecting an uptick in the economy increased, even though 77% still thought the economy would continue to stagnate.

"Compared to all the headlines about gloom and doom, you have to take some solace in this prediction of 3%," Doug Hart, partner in the retail and consumer product practice at BDO, tells Marketing Daily. "And these are CFOs at large retailers, so they are realists, and not overly optimistic. They've got live access to sales data."

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Any Bitch Cookbooks: Humorously Epicurious for all recipes from Food Network and Martha Stewart - try these great gifts. Any Bitch ("Babe In Total Control Of Herself") Cookbooks is a complete line of boutique cookbooks that are not only amusing but useful as well.

Badash Crystal: Our broad selection of mouth blown tabletop and decorative accessories from around the world will surely meet your needs. Every piece is individually and safely boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving, bridal and/or personal pleasure. CAMEO EZ© member stores can now log into a site one time and place orders from several manufacturers. This is a newly introduced site, so check back often to see more lines. One Login - Multiple Shopping Carts - Easy Checkout.

Divinity Boutique is a gift company that is focused on trendy and fun gifts that feature inspirational verse and themes.

Elegant Baby recognizes that today's babies are stylish, and is committed to providing baby gifts featuring the very best design, quality, craftsmanship and tradition anywhere.

Europa Home décorincluding glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge, awards, gourmet food, sale items and more.

Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, gift and stationery products company featuring exceptional art and design. With an array of styles, variety of products and outstanding customer service, Gina B. Designs has "something for everyone."  All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

The Heeney Company is a wholesale manufacturer and importer of floral and Christmas products. The company distributes, imports and or manufactures floral and Christmas arrangements, silk flowers, foliages and plants, dried materials, ribbons, candles and decorative accessories.

Hook Line Greetings offers the world's first patent-pending "Gift-in-Greet" Fishing Lure Cards. The company's unique and clever greeting cards contain an authentic hand-tied fishing lure as the "gift" that can be taken out for immediate fun and enjoyment. Just "release" the fishing lure from the card, tie on a line and go fish!

Highland Graphics: a leader in functional gift with decorative items for gift giving and kitchen. From our topselling Absorbastone coasters, to our decorative bamboo cutting boards, everything we manufacture is made in the USA. Our high quality plus competitive pricing lets our customers make higher margins. We feature licensed art, official collegiate products and have a full range of custom capabilities with low minimums.

Nicole Brayden Gifts a bright and trendy collection of stationary and home décorproducts. Lots of fun colors and designs offered. Introducing new and exciting "Purse Pad" stationary assortments as well as the trendy Cheeky Chic collection.

Puzzle Pen The Puzzle Pen is the only erasable, retractable and refillable pen on the market. This product is a great, new break-thru for puzzlers. If your store has customers that play Crossword, Sudoku, KenKen, Kakuro, Magic Square, Acrostic, or any other word or number puzzle, this unique new Puzzle Pen will be a great hit in your store.

Saltbox is a Manhattan-based design studio known for its signature creations in canvas. Regularly featured in magazines such as Oprah, Self, People and Brides, the Saltbox collection is renowned for its alluring prints and colors and is well-loved for its sturdy construction and heavy weight, water resistant canvas.

Shade Tree Greetings' "Actual Pictures" are recognized as one of the best-selling greeting card lines in the industry. Nostalgic photographs and clever, funny verses make these cards a success. Go to our website to browse over 300 styles. GREAT introductory programs and free fixtures.

snoozies!® are not socks and they're not slippers - sort of a crossover between the two and that's why we call them "foot coverings"! snoozies!® are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful & fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside.

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunbelt Marketing Group , Inc. Licensed functional and decorative giftware for the home and tailored for the men's market, i.e. (clocks, signs, coat/key racks, salt and pepper shakers, bottle openers, shelves, picture frames, games key chains and more). Licenses include Coca-Cola, General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, Farmall Tractors, Shelby and the Shelby Ford Mustang and Dodge. Product mediums include wood, polyresin, and glass and mixed mediums.

Tripar International Inc.: Tripar International is your source for both displays and decorative accessories. Our extensive product line includes a wide assortment of easels, risers, ornament stands, plate racks, mirrors, jewelry displays, and unique display pieces. We are also an excellent source for wine accessories, wall décor, inspirational signs, and cookbook stands. We offer quality with style, low minimums and fast shipping.

Wellspring makes functional products with fresh designs for companies that sell gifts. Great fun and cute personal accessories designed for the purse, stationery designed for organization and Flip Notes- the best-selling slim notepad consistently ranked by retailers as a top 10 in sell through. Perfect 4th quarter pick up gifts at under $10 retail- a sweet spot with today’s consumer. Now with collegiate logos!

Quick Industry News


Plymouth, MN, Sept. 15, 2011 - Gina B. Designs released 30 new greeting cards this month. The cards feature colorful art with simple messages for all occasions, including new Kids' Age Cards (1-4). New cards are available in the Gina B. and Simple Blessings lines. Free Fixtures available. MRP: $2.25-$2.50

Richmond, VA, Sept 14, 2011 - Calypso Studios says, “Don’t miss out on the fashion trend of the season- wrap bracelets! Calypso Studios offers a variety of colors and styles to choose from, and each bracelet features our signature metal toggle clasp. Wear one or wrap yourself in several to show off your flair for fashion. Or, represent your school with our Team Jewelry Collection, offering two-tone wraps in popular school colors. With over 80 wrap bracelets to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your style”



White Plains, NY and Providence, RI – August 23, 2011 – George Little Management (“GLM”) and Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”) announced in August that GLM and affiliates of Providence have signed a definitive merger agreement under which affiliates of Providence will acquire GLM from Daily Mail and General Trust plc for approximately $173 million in cash (source).

GLM produces 15 tradeshows including New York's International Gift Fair, Contemporary Furniture Fair, National Stationery Show and SURTEX, Antique Jewelry & Watch Shows in Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Chicago, and Orlando's Gift Show and Surf Expo (source).

“GLM has a proven track record in exceeding the expectations of exhibitors and attendees with high-quality, customer-focused events,” stated Michael J. Dominguez, a Managing Director at Providence. “We believe there are significant opportunities to grow GLM’s tradeshow brands in the U.S. and internationally both organically and through acquisition, as well as to develop exciting new digital and data services."


September 12, 2011 -- The Denver Gift, Home, Jewelry & Resort Show's winter show will be held February 23—28, 2012, for permanent showrooms and February 25—28, 2012, for temporary exhibits and the summer 2012 Show will be held August 23—28 (permanent showrooms) and August 25—27 (temporaries). The summer show is held in conjunction with the Denver Apparel & Accessory Market on August 26—29, 2012.

Specific February show hours and special events will be posted soon on the Mart's website or call 800-289-6278.