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NRF: Consumers Are Saving Tax Refunds Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:50 PM America/New_York

Cash-iStock 000002479313MediumPlanning for the future is top of mind for Americans this year, with more consumers than ever putting their tax refunds into savings. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual Tax Returns Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 49.2 percent of those expecting a refund plan to save the money rather than spend it right away, the highest percentage in the survey’s history. Nearly two-thirds (65.5 percent) of those surveyed expect a refund. 

“Consumers are building their spending power and boosting their confidence as they set aside their checks from Uncle Sam,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Americans this year see refund season as a time to improve their financial health by using their refunds to get ahead on savings goals and plan for bigger purchases in the future. Money saved is money waiting to be spent.”

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Ingram hires vice president of retail Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:21 PM America/New_York

DonaldRosemanIngram Content Group has announced the addition of Donald Roseman as vice president of retail, a newly created position at the company.

Roseman will focus on Ingram’s overall retail business, including national accounts, clubs, field sales, consumer direct fulfillment and Ingram International.

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CLC USA to absorb Multi-Language Media company Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 01:55 PM America/New_York

CLC-USACLC USA announces the addition to its organization of Multi-Language Media (MLM) in mid-2016. MLM, which specializes in providing Bibles and evangelistic materials in more than 80 languages to bookstores and consumers across the United States, will relocate from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, to CLC headquarters in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. 

Building on current efforts, CLC expects to offer an e-commerce website, an 800 number for retailers and an expanded selection of products in more languages.

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Acclaimed theologian and Moody author Charles Ryrie dies Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 01:40 PM America/New_York

CharlesRyrieKnown as general editor of The Ryrie Study Bible, Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie died Feb. 16 as he neared his 91st birthday. Ryrie taught systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), then became the longtime dean of doctoral studies until he retired in 1983.

Born in St. Louis in 1925, he grew up in Alton, Illinois. For a time, he attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania and planned to follow his father's footsteps and become a banker. Instead, he opted to go to DTS after meeting with the school's founder, Lewis Sperry Chafer, and hearing a ministry call from the Lord, according to an obituary posted by DTS.

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Carpentree receives 'God's Not Dead 2' gift license Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:32 AM America/New_York

Carpentree-GND2Carpentree is releasing eight new products with scripture and quotes from the Pure Flix film God’s Not Dead 2. Releasing April 1, the film tells the story of a high school teacher who answers a student's question about Jesus, landing her in a court battle with an atheist group.

The new product line includes wall décor and gifts that keep the message of the film front and center. The line is anchored with two canvases, one with scripture and the other with a thought-provoking tagline from the film. Both styles offer quotes from the movie or scripture that supports the movie’s overall question: Where do you stand?

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United Methodist Publishing House elects new president, CEO Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 04:12 PM America/New_York

Brian-MilfordThe board of the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) has elected Reverend Brian K. Milford as the incoming president and CEO. The decision was made Tuesday during a video conference meeting. 

"I am honored by this opportunity to serve The United Methodist Church and wider community,” Milford said. “I look forward to working with a stellar team of dedicated and talented people as we provide relevant, quality and helpful resources for the Christian journey. We will strive every day to creatively sustain and enhance the ministries of Cokesbury and Abingdon Press.”

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Priscilla Shirer, Pope Francis top Nielsen BookScan list Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 15 February 2016 03:38 PM America/New_York

fervent-coverPriscilla Shirer’s Fervent (B&H Books) and Pope Francis’ The Name of God is Mercy (Random House) were No. 1 and 2 on Christian Retailing’s most recent Nielsen BookScan best-seller list. Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling (Thomas Nelson), the Kendrick brothers' The Battle Plan for Prayer (B&H Books) and Joel Osteen’s Fresh Start (FaithWords) rounded out the top five.

Following the coloring book trend, Whatever Is Lovely (WaterBrook Press) landed at No. 6 on the list, and other coloring books made the top 100 as well.

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David C Cook promotes DeVries to publisher Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 15 February 2016 03:23 PM America/New_York

CatherineDeVries-webDavid C Cook announced Friday that children’s publishing veteran Catherine DeVries has been promoted to publisher of children’s resources. Formerly associate publisher and brand manager for the "Action Bible" line, DeVries is now publisher of Tru, Bible-in-Life (children), Echoes, Scripture Press, the "Action Bible Collection" and all children’s books.

DeVries is a children’s author herself, having written over 20 books for children, including the best-selling Adventure Bible Storybook. A graduate of Calvin College, DeVries has garnered considerable critical acclaim, including three Retailer’s Choice Awards (now Christian Retailing's Best) and a Gold Medallion from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

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