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 Retailers Expect More Spending On Mother's Day
by Staff Reporter, Fort Collins Coloradoan
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3:45PM EDT

Judy Boggs, owner of Paul Wood Florist in Fort Collins said sales of dish gardens and blooming plants are up, but the No. 1 seller remains the cut flower arrangement. Gerber daisies and tulips are big this year as are exotic flowers. "So much is available now, and the public is so well educated because of the Internet, we're seeing really educated consumers," Boggs said.

 Spend Less, Market More
by Meghan Boyer, Green Profit
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3:45PM EDT

As margins remain thin and consumers continue holding tightly to their pocketbooks, many retailers are exploring ways to cut items from their budgets and save funds. One of the items often appearing on budgetary chopping blocks is marketing, as some retailers believe they can make do with less outreach in a recession.

 LinkShare Identifies Mother's Day "Shopportunities"
by LinkShare Corporation
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3:45PM EDT

With Just Two Shopping Days Left, flowers are hot, clothing is not. As the nation heads into its second largest shopping holiday of the year, leading performance marketing network provider LinkShare has revealed how online consumers shop for Mom on Mother's Day.

 Society Of American Florists Growth Solutions June 23-23 Dallas, TX
by Society Of American Florists
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3:45PM EDT

Don't miss this powerful new mini-conference — exclusively for florists!

 House Passes Bill To Eliminate Floral Demonstration Test
by Robert Travis Scott, The Times-Picayune
Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 3:07PM EDT

Once again the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would eliminate the controversial floral demonstration test needed to acquire a retail florist license in Louisiana. Louisiana's current law is unusual because it requires a retail license applicant to prepare floral designs in a test graded by a panel of florists who could be future competitors for business.

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