Crystal and china are on the decline
The 2010 Housewares report, released by The NPD Group, called last year a “challenging” one for sellers of crystalware and fine china, which is defined as bone china or porcelain with a metal band accent.
A study by the Port Washington, N.Y. market research group said that consumers tended more towards “quality casual” stoneware and earthenware, while tabletop items like glass (including tempered and ceramic), and plastic dinnerware were also popular. Combined, quality casual and other “value-based” items accounted for 83% of the tabletop market in 2010.
Cookware, bakeware and cutlery sales each grew between 4% and 5% last year, after suffering 11% declines in 2009.
Central Garden & Pet names General Counsel
Central Garden & Pet Co. has named George Yuhas as its new general counsel, effective immediately. Yuhas will report to William Brown, Central’s chairman and CEO.
Yuhas has been a partner specializing in litigation at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for many years.
"George represents an important addition to our senior management team," said Brown. "His judgment, team orientation and legal expertise will help us manage our business in a prudent and effective way. I look forward to working with him closely."
Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., Central Garden & Pet is a supplier of lawn, garden and pet products under a variety of brands, including Pennington, Kaytee, Amdro, Sevin, Ironite, Norcal and New England Pottery.
Lawn mowers by the numbers
Over the decades, lawn care has grown into a national passion that has proved to be a resilient home improvement sector, even in tough economies. Sales of lawn mowers, however, are slumping, according to data from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. In 2010, the dollar-volume estimate for riding mowers was $1.57 billion, down 11.6% from the prior year. Walk-behind mowers slipped 17.3% to $1.16 billion. Here’s a breakdown of recent consumer activity.
Analysis: Department stores are seeing growth in riding mowers compared with 2008, but the mass and warehouse home center channels showed better performance over 2009. WHCs were the clear leaders in walk-behind mowers, compared with 2009 sales.
Analysis: Significant moves were made by the 45-to-54 age group in the riding mower category — up from 18.9% in 2008 to 26.6% in 2010. Also, the 65-plus age group became a much more important player in 2010.
Analysis: “Trusted brand” ranks first among purchase motivators for riding mowers; “Price” ranks first for walk-behind mowers. Also significant: More riding mower purchasers say they are motivated by “Warranty.”