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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Report: Christian stores report sales increase, most independents suffer declines
Christian retailers saw sales jump 8.55% in 2012 compared to 2011, according to CBA's annual State of the Industry report. Every quarter last year saw a sales increase versus the same period in 2011.

However, the 2013 CBA State of the Industry Report also found that about 60% of independent retailers suffered sales declines in 2012. Read more
Transitions
Baker Academic, Brazos Press announce marketing transition
Bobbi Jo (BJ) Heyboer, who has led Baker Publishing Group's academic marketing efforts for the past 14 years, will step down from her role in July.
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Digital marketing services company Innovative has reported that a record number of Christian retailers in May grew their in-store traffic and sales by utilizing its Signature Websites, email marketing and in-store promotions. 

The stores featured more than 600 in-store endcaps promoted through various Signature Websites promotions, which represents a 46% increase in retailer activity during the past 12 months.    
The International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) will once again emphasize Fair Trade June 23-26 at the America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis.

A special exhibit adjacent to Town Center in the exhibition hall, the Fair Trade in Action area will highlight fair-trade and missional-product companies.
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LifeWay's 2014 curriculum is first VBS with apologetics theme
LifeWay Christian Resources' Vacation Bible School (VBS) topic for 2014 is being billed as the first VBS with an apologetics theme. Children will become special agents as they collect and log evidence about Jesus for Agency D3 and its mission to “Discover. Decide. Defend.”
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Canadian chain to open new Blessings store
Blessings is opening a new store in Chilliwack, British Columbia, on Aug. 1.

Led by Mark Hutchinson, the Canadian chain will then have four brick-and-mortar locations and an online store.
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A new version of the Bible in the Norwegian language is the nation's top-selling book for 2012, surpassing the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

The new edition, BibelenNorwegian for Bible-was released in October 2011 by the Norwegian Bible Society (NBS), which replaced a 1978 edition. It has sold at least 160,000 copies in a nation of 5 million, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Four inspirational titles were among the winners of the Holt Medallion Awards, announced recently by the Virginia Romance Writers.

Irene Hannon won the Long Inspirational category for Lethal Legacy (Revell/Baker Publishing Group), the final novel in Hannon's "Guardians of Justice" series. Hannon previously won a Holt Medallion in the Short Inspirational category in 2008 for From This Day Forward (Steeple Hill). 
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Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado is teaming up with Thomas Nelson, CBA and the Salvation Army to reach a million "hurting hearts" through his "Give Hope Where It Counts" campaign.

Through the campaign, Christian retailers can offer customers a special Salvation Army edition of You'll Get Through This to give to individuals in crisis.
Retail sales grew in May as an improving job and housing market led to consumer confidence reaching five-year highs.

A preliminary tally of 13 retailers found that revenue at stores opened at least a year-an indicator of a store's health—increased 3.4% in May compared with the same month a year ago, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC),  Associated Press (AP) reported. 
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