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PPB Newslink May 3: Consumer Confidence Slips In April

Consumer confidence slipped in April, after showing an increase in March. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index stood at 94.2 in April, down from 96.1 the previous month. Read More »

PPAI’s Bellantone, Goos And Stone Meet With Industry Groups In Hong Kong

While in Hong Kong for the 2016 Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE; Board Chair Tom Goos, MAS, and PPAI Director of Public Affairs Anne Stone took the opportunity to meet with industry groups and visit factories and testing labs in the area. Read More »

Internet Advertising Climbs 20 Percent In 2015 To Record $59.6 Billion

Digital advertising in the U.S. reached $59.6 billion in 2015, an all-time high, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). This represents a 20-percent uptick from 2014’s then record-breaking $49.5 billion internet advertising performance and the sixth year in a row the segment has registered double-digit growth. Read More »

Consumer Confidence Slips In April

Consumer confidence slipped in April, after showing an increase in March. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index stood at 94.2 in April, down from 96.1 the previous month. Read More »

Mother’s Day Spending Expected To Top $16 Billion

May 8 is Mother’s Day, and Americans plan on celebrating it with $21.4 billion in gifts and outings for their moms. The National Retail Federation’s annual survey reveals that on average, U.S. consumers are expected to spend $172.22, down slightly from last year’s record-high $172.63. Read More »

Social Responsibility And More In PPAI’s May Webinars

PPAI’s May webinars explore social responsibility and other issues important to industry professionals. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

PPB Newslink April 28: U.S. Customs Detains Imports Over Forced Labor Concerns

Late last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained materials due to the manufacturer’s alleged use of forced prison labor. The March 30 seizure of goods from Chinese chemical producer Tangshan Sanyou Group Co. Ltd. was ordered by CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. Commissioner Kerlikowske’s detainment notice focused on textile manufacturing materials containing soda ash and viscose rayon from Tangshan Sanyou, a second-tier supplier for a number of U.S. clothing importers. Read More »

U.S. Customs Detains Imports Over Forced Labor Concerns

Late last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained materials due to the manufacturer’s alleged use of forced prison labor. The March 30 seizure of goods from
Chinese chemical producer Tangshan Sanyou Group Co. Ltd. was ordered by CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. Commissioner Kerlikowske’s detainment notice focused on textile manufacturing materials containing soda ash and viscose rayon from Tangshan Sanyou, a second-tier supplier for a number of U.S. clothing importers. Read More »

PPAI’s Bellantone, Goos And Stone Join Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, Meet With Industry Groups

The 2016 Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, put on by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened this week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE; PPAI Board Chair Tom Goos, MAS, and PPAI Director of Public Affairs Anne Stone have travelled to Hong Kong to attend and speak at the show, meet with buyer groups and visit factories in the area. Read More »

HanesBrands To Acquire Australia’s Pacific Brands Limited

As reported earlier today in a PPB Newslink breaking news alert, HanesBrands has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pacific Brands Limited, the leading underwear and intimate apparel company in Australia. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $800 million and is expected to close third-quarter 2016. Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as supplier Hanes/Champion (UPIC: HBIINC). Read More »

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