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U.S. retail sales fall in September PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 02:42 PM EDT

9653476XS  Istockphoto-mcfieldsRetail sales dropped by 0.3% to $442.7 billion in September, following a 0.6% rise in August, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures. The uptick in August was the largest gain in four months.

Consumers may have spent more during the early U.S. Labor Day holiday, which could explain the up-down nature of spending in August and September.

Lower prices at the gas pump now add to consumers’ disposable income, which may benefit retailers.

CBA previews 2015 ICRS, opens exhibitor registration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:24 PM EDT

OCConventionCenter-webNearly 20 representatives from more than a dozen companies were given a preview of the 2015 International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in September at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show will be held June 28-July 1.

CBA will institute programming changes at this year’s ICRS, beginning with a general session Sunday afternoon before worship services and the Sunday evening concert. Monday and Tuesday general sessions and training will have exclusive hours, and exclusive exhibit-floor hours have been designed around those sessions. The Monday kickoff session begins at 8 a.m. with a keynote presentation followed by breakout sessions before the exhibit floor opens at 10 a.m.

Thom Rainer’s church-focused books still going strong PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:01 PM EDT

IAmAChurchMember-display-webThom S. Rainer’s I Am a Church Member (B&H Books) continues to top the CBA best-sellers list more than a year after the book’s release. His follow-up book, also from B&H, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, has made a strong impact as well since its release this summer, reaching as high as No. 2 on the CBA Top 50.

I Am a Church Member was recognized as Best of the Best in The Leader’s Outer Life category for Leadership Journal’s 2013 book awards.

Dan Rich announces retirement after 40 years in publishing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:55 AM EDT

DanRich-webDavid C Cook Chief Publishing Officer Dan Rich will retire from the publishing industry at the end of May 2015.

Rich, who has been at David C Cook for the last eight years, has spent 40 years in Christian publishing. He served as founding publisher at NavPress; president and founding publisher at WaterBrook Press; president and publisher at Questar (later Multnomah Publishers); senior vice president at Word Publishing; senior vice president of development and communications at the Navigators; and vice president at Thomas Nelson Publishers.

NRF poll forecasts increased 2014 holiday spending PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:03 AM EDT

21972440Sm  Istockphoto-Forrestbro-webThe National Retail Federation (NRF) is forecasting holiday sales to increase 4.1%, according to the organization’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey.

Conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, NRF’s survey found the average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanza and/or Hanukkah will spend $804.42, up nearly 5% over last year’s actual spending of $767.27.

“Retailers have plenty of reasons to be optimistic this holiday season, and one of the most important pieces of evidence is the confidence holiday shoppers are exuding in their plans to spend on gifts for their loved ones,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “While not completely throwing caution to the wind, Americans’ frugal spending habits will still be visible this holiday season as they continue to rely on discounts and sales and comparison shop. Consumers will put retailers to the test when it comes to the product mix and value companies can offer today’s shopper who is focused on much more than just price.”

Barbour author Vickie McDonough reaches sales milestone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:58 AM EDT

VickieMcDonough-webBarbour Publishing author Vickie McDonough recently surpassed the 1 million-copy mark in book sales with the company.

“Barbour Publishing appreciates Vickie McDonough’s hard work and congratulates her for hitting the 1 million mark in sales,” the company said in a statement.

GRAMMY-winning artist J Moss escapes house fire PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 04:28 PM EDT

JMossGRAMMY-winning producer and Stellar Award-winning artist J Moss escaped a fire that decimated his Detroit home Tuesday evening. The cause is yet to be determined, but J Moss was home alone at the time of the fire.

Known for hit songs “We Must Praise,” “Praise on the Inside,” “Psalm 150″ and collaborations with Kirk Franklin (“Could’ve Been Me”) and Byron Cage (“We Love You”), the PAJAM-label artist has requested prayer for himself, his wife and their two sons in the wake of the fire.

Biblica CEO Doug Lockhart joins HarperCollins Christian PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 03:53 PM EDT

DougLockhart-webHarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) announced Wednesday that Doug Lockhart will join the company as senior vice president of Bible marketing and outreach. The move to hire the Biblica executive signals a strategic decision by HCCP to continue the focus on its Bible business.

Lockhart joins HCCP from the nonprofit Biblica, a longtime publishing partner of the company’s Zondervan publishing group. Biblica is the copyright holder and worldwide publisher of the New International Version (NIV) Bible translation, and has licensed its North American publishing rights to Zondervan for more than 40 years. Lockhart was CEO, first in North America and then global, for a combined five years. Before Biblica, Lockhart’s senior leadership experience included roles at The McGraw-Hill Companies and Zondervan.

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