Unity Marketing: Report on Tabletop Market
According to Unity Marketing's "The Tabletop Report, 2002: The Market, The Competitors, The Trends," sales for the tabletop market, comprised of dinnerware, glassware, flatware, crystal stemware and related giftware and decorative accents, reached $7881 million in 2001, rising 1.3% over sales from the previous year. The fastest growing categories in the tabletop market were gifts and decorative accents, which were up 2.7% to reach $1355 million in sales, and crystal stemware and barware, up 2% to $1120 million. "Last year was a challenging one for players in the tabletop industry," said Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing. "The weakness of the economy and the aftermath of the 9-11 tragedy, which impacted consumers' entertainment plans over the holidays, kept consumers out of the stores buying these largely discretionary products."