With Easter arriving three weeks later than the 2016 holiday, consumers are expected to spend a record amount on candy, food and clothing, says a new survey sponsored by the National Retail Federation.
But a week later, 1-800-Flowers.com, Fannie May’s New York-based parent company, announced it would sell the brand -- along with the Harry London brand, an Ohio manufacturing facility, two warehouses and 79 retail stores -- to Ferrero International for $115 million.
With its futuristic architecture and desert clime, Dubai seems a world away. But with its centralized location on the Persian Gulf and its penchant for growth and glamour, the city has earned recognition as a business hub for the Middle East and beyond.
Although Valentine’s Day spending is expected to level off after a decade-long rise, American consumers are projected to spend the same amount on candy, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
If you missed the column, which appeared in Sweet & Healthy Issue 1, it dealt with a mother’s proposal to create candy- and tabloid-free checkout aisles for parents who are shopping with their children.