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Retail forecast mixed but stronger for 2012
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Prepare for 2012 to be a year of opportunity, tough competition and sluggish but moderate growth, said analysts and retailers. "2012 will be a year of fairly slow growth," said Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, an economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. However, bright spots will increasingly break through the gray skies of 2012. More

Casual Living's Fabric Survey 2012
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Retailers and designers alike predict in 2012 that the gray color group will grow in popularity, according to Casual Living's exclusive 2012 Fabric Survey. The survey revealed the brown color group is slipping in popularity, although it remains the top performing fabric color group for 2012 for outdoor cushions, slings/straps and decorative pillows. More

Building retail store traffic
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Pulling customers into a retail flooring store isn't as clean-cut a process as it once was. After many years of approaching advertising the same way, retailers have to rethink their strategies. No longer can the target customer simply be identified as a woman between the ages of 35 and 65. Yes, that woman might still make up the majority, but she is not the only customer in the store these days. More

The best of pre-fall 2012
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While spring and fall seasons may give us more to to ooh and ahh over, pre-collections often present more of what we actually want to wear. It makes sense, since everyone says the in-between seasons are the most important for retailers. And these designers have succeeded in making things we already want to buy, desperately. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until early summer ("pre-fall" is a bit of a misnomer) to do so. More

US furniture factory orders climb 11 percent in October
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Furniture factory orders in October were 11 percent above October 2010, according to the latest survey of manufacturers and distributors by the accounting firm Smith Leonard. The October increase came on the heels of a 12 percent jump in September and a 9 percent increase in August. For the first 10 months of 2011, orders were 7 percent ahead of the same period in 2010, according to the survey. More

Dear Asian suppliers,
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Asian suppliers who are turning their back on the American market are making a big mistake. Huge. Yes, the Chinese domestic market is booming and there are tens of millions — maybe hundreds of millions — of new consumers in China with the spending power to drive business. And there are other nations on the Asian continent — and the Indian subcontinent — that are coming up fast and will represent huge potential markets for home textiles products. More

India textiles industry ready for zero duty under India-EU free-trade agreement
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India's textiles industry is broadly in agreement with the government for slashing and eventually eliminating duties on imports, as it feels that the benefits will far outweigh the costs for the domestic firms. The Commerce Ministry has been engaged with the European Union since 2007 for a free-trade agreement, and the negotiations have reached a crucial stage. More

A closer look at ITMA Flash VII
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The Rupp Report continues its information about ITMA 2011 in Barcelona. Germany-based Groz-Beckert KG, which started its business more than 150 years ago as a producer of knitting machine parts, is now in the spotlight. It goes without saying that nowadays the group is one of the most important suppliers of precision components in the field of textiles, and, in particular, of different kinds of high-performance needles for various textile applications. More

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