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Increase projected for Retail Sales for 2014
The US Census Bureau recently reported retail sales for August 2014 up 0.06% for the month and 4.8% for the year. Household goods sales showed an increase of 12.7% compared to August 2013. Experts are now projecting retails sales for 2014 should reflect a 3.9% increase over 2013 even after suffering a very cold start in Q 1. Gift Beat reported their sampling of independently owned retailers showed 52% had a increase in sales and 35% were down, the balance were even. The trend continues to be positive. If all the projections prove true, we will finish strong for the year and retailers will be anxious to replenish their inventories in Q1 2015.
We will be attending our last show of the year next month, the Tabletop Market in NYC where we have three full days of meetings. Our tabletop partner, Tabletop Unlimited, will be showing 6 ceramic collections featuring illustrations from our archives. We are very pleased with their execution and are anxious to see the reaction at market.
We are very pleased to announce our new partnership in the Hospitality sector with Kalisher . They will be our exclusive link to the health care and hospitality markets. Kalisher is one of the premier companies in this sector and we feel very fortunate to have them represent our archives. We are in the process of providing them with content and they will be up and running by year end.
On Sept 16, our Licensee, SD entertainment launched the first of a four-part digital series on WWII. Their PR firm has had a great reaction to the release and several interviews are in the works nationally. We are very proud of this project and our relationship with SD
The “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” Exhibit opens next month in Rome, Italy. The exhibit with be at the Fondazione Roma Museo Plazzo Sciarra, beginning on November 11, 2014 through February 8, 2015. This exhibit confirms the continued interest in Rockwell’s art and the reach that it has internationally.
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Director of Licensing