This report originally published in the September 2015 print issue of Gifts and Decorative Accessories
Nearly eight out of 10 gift retailers say they plan to carry more American-made products this year, according to the exclusive 2015 Gifts and Decorative Accessories' Today's Gift Retailer survey.
Why's that? Customers are asking for it.
Seventy-four percent of retailers report that their customers are asking for Made in America products. That's up six percentage points from when the retailers responded to the same question in our 2013 Today's Gift Retailer survey.
This year's exclusive survey results, collected during February and March, are based on the responses of 150 stores.
Nearly three-fifths of the responding retailers describe themselves as gift specialists and 14 percent are classified as home accessories stores. Other retailers responding include online retailers, hospital gift shops, toy and hobby stores, museum gift shops, children's specialty stores, stationery and card stores, bookstores, hardware and garden stores and day spas.
Eighty-six percent operate one location, while 14 percent operates two or more stores.
Annual sales for 2014 for 62 percent of responding stores were less than $500,000; 34 percent had sales between $500,000 and $1.9 million. And the remaining 4 percent of stores who responded had sales in excess of $2 million.
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