Archive for April 2009
It is all about discounts and downgrades this Mother’s Day, as consumers are scaling back purchases wherever possible. All holiday-related categories will experience massive declines and total sales are expected to drop a whopping 14.7 percent, to $12.9 billion, according to industry research firm IBISWorld.
“The economy is staring at a very steep, downward trajectory,” explained George Van Horn, senior analyst with IBISWorld. “With the economic picture so unclear, gift giving just isn’t in many household budgets – even if it is for mom.”
Those who do make purchases are staying away from department stores and speciality retailers (i.e. jewelers, florists, consumer electronic stores, etc.) and are instead opting to shop in discount outlets. The data also shows a strong trend of shoppers downgrading their gift purchases to smaller, lower-priced merchandise and services. The reality is that consumers will choose to make a home-cooked meal for mom rather then spend big in a fancy restaurant.
“This Mother’s Day we are seeing the reality of how difficult the situation has become,” said Van Horn. Two years of economic decline is being squeezed into one year’s reduction in spending.
Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) and husband Matthew Broderick are expecting twin girls via a surrogate, according to Entertainment Weekly…and both Parker and Broderick’s reps confirmed the news.
Apparently they’ve been trying to expand their family since the birth of their 6-year-old son James, but have been unsuccessful.
A New York teen girl, 17, vanishes after walk on the beach during spring break at Myrtle Beach. Where is Brittanee Marie Drexel? Watch Nancy’s interview with Brittanee’s mom:
Just when you thought Susan Boyle was amazing, little 10-year-old Hollie Steel gives her a run for her money on this week’s Britain’s Got Talent…check it out!
Remember the 2002 best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, Lovely Bones? Well, those of you who read the book may be happy to know that it’s being turned into a movie – with an awesome cast:
*Director: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings)
*Susie Salmon: Saoirse Ronan (the young girl from Atonement)
*George Harvey: Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada)
*Jack Salmon: Mark Wahlberg (Lars and the Real Girl)
For those of you who don’t know the book, it’s about Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by her neighbor George Harvey. But, as fans know, the details of the gruesome crime are secondary to Susie’s life in heaven, as she narrates what happens to her friends and family — and her killer — after her death.The film is expected to be in theatres this December.
Interesting fact: Lovely Bones was reportedly drawn from the author’s raped in college. She also wrote about the crime in the 1999 memoir, Lucky, and was instrumental in putting her attacker in prison.
International SOS has launched a new Web site to communicate important information regarding the swine flu outbreak to members of the public and the media.
The site provides updates on the situation, travel recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions that those in California, Texas and Mexico, or traveling to these areas, may have. The site will be continually updated as new information on the situation becomes available.
Currently, the Web site covers important topics including:
- The latest updates on the outbreaks in the U.S. and Mexico
- Symptoms of the swine flu
- Recommendations on travel
- What those who currently are or have recently returned from the affected areas should do
- Latest available information on medical interventions
Bea Arthur, an Emmy Award-winning actress best known as star of the hit TV comedy “Golden Girls,” has died at age 86, entertainment news websites reported on Saturday.
Arthur died of cancer at her Los Angeles home, according to celebrity website TMZ.
So sad. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.