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Retail Sales Continues to Chug Along!
March retail sales have been released and according to the US Census Bureau, sales were down slightly from February but showed a 1.3% increase over March 2014. Q1 2015 ended up slightly over 2014 and general merchandise store sales for 2015 showed a 2.2% increase over Q 1 2014. Hopefully with the arrival of spring and the end of one of the worst winters in history, these numbers will continue to advance.
Spring markets continue to be strong. We received recent reports from two of our licensees that the Tabletop show in NYC was very good.
Traffic was better than expected and the business was good. We have two licensees launching new collections at the show. Tabletop Unlimited released tabletop extensions to four of their existing Curtis- based collections and they were well received.
Lifetime offered over 30 mug designs from us and we are anxious to see retail placement from both companies.
We have finalized plans to exhibit for the first time at Brand Licensing in the UK in October. We have been hearing great things about this growing show and markets are anxious to present our archive to Europe.
Licensing Show in Las Vegas is just around the corner and we look forward to seeing many of you there and share our latest finds in the archives. We will not be participating in the Surtex Show in May. If any of you will not be attending the Licensing show, please feel to contact us directly and we will work with you on a one on one basis. As always, challenge us with your needs and wish lists…chances are we will have something that might work!
Mike Waldner| Director of Licensing
1100 Waterway Boulevard | Indianapolis , IN 46202
phone (317) 489- 6973 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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