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Markets Continue to be Positive
The US economy entered 2016 with little momentum. Consumers continued to step up their spending at furniture stores, home improvement/garden stores, restaurants and online retailers in January 2016. Total retail sales were up 0.3% from December 2015 and up 3.1% over January 2015. Department store sales continue to slump showing a decline of 4.5% from January 2015.
I attended the recent Toy Fair in NYC and felt the traffic was good. The majority of the companies I met with confirmed the show exceeded their expectations. They felt the right retailers were in attendance and were there to do business.
One of our licensee’s MasterPieces Puzzle Company introduced several new puzzle titles featuring illustrations from our archives.
They had a positive reaction to their launch and anticipate strong placement with major retailers in 2016. Masterpieces has been a great partner and they continue to expand and increase their business with Curtis. We are happy to have them on board.
While in NYC, I also attended a meeting with Kim Parker and Patton Picture Company. Patton is our new licensee for Kim Parker in wall décor. Patton presented their new products featuring Kim’s works, as well as discussed their marketing plan for distribution. Kim was very pleased with the offering and the proposed direction. We also reviewed new art opportunities as well as Kim’s kids art. We are all excited about this new relationship and Patton’s enthusiasm for the Kim Parker Brand.
I also met with the Lintex Linens management team to review their new products based on our artwork, which are scheduled to be introduced at the upcoming March textile market in NYC. They will be showing several of our designs in kitchen textiles as well as a line of high-quality beach towels. Licensing is a new direction for Lintex and we are happy to be a part of their new venture.
We will be traveling to Chicago in March to attend the Housewares Show. We have several appointments scheduled with existing as well as potentially new licensees. We look forward to seeing many of you at this market and discussing how we can help with you design needs.
Mike Waldner | Director of Licensing
1100 Waterway Boulevard | Indianapolis , IN 46202
phone (317) 489- 6973 | email@example.com
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