April 12, 2006 |
Muhammad Ali, thought by many to be the greatest athlete of his generation, rung up a $50-million purse Tuesday without having to step into the ring. CKX Inc.
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September 22, 2011
Tom Wilson Sr. Creator of comic strip character Ziggy Tom Wilson Sr., 80, creator of the hard-luck comic strip character Ziggy, died of pneumonia Friday at a Cincinnati hospital, his family said. Wilson was an artist at the American Greetings Corp. card company in Cleveland for more than 35 years and first published Ziggy in a 1969 cartoon collection, "When You're Not Around. " Ziggy was launched in 15 newspapers in 1971 and now appears in more than 500 daily and Sunday newspapers.
June 21, 2008 |
This sure isn't Strawberryland. On Friday, American Greetings Corp., which owns the rights to the whimsical icon of the 1980s -- the rag-doll-like Strawberry Shortcake -- sought to block the sale of its licensing partner, Burbank-based DIC Entertainment Holdings Inc., to a privately held Canadian firm.
June 27, 1996 |
It seemed like a good idea: Give people the chance to personalize their own greeting cards. But computerized card-making kiosks that sprang up in stores around the country haven't caught on quite as well as card companies hoped. There will be fewer of the machines this year as American Greetings Corp. and Hallmark Cards Inc. look for ways to make them more popular and profitable.
January 6, 2004 |
EBay Inc., the world's largest Internet auctioneer, is raising the listing fees it charges sellers using its U.S. sites and is making changes to fee structures in 10 other countries to fund improvements. The U.S. fee increases will take effect in February and already are included in the company's 2004 sales forecast, said Hani Durzy, a spokesman for San Jose-based EBay. The increases will run as much as 45% for the highest-priced auction items. Most fees will rise by 9.1%.
December 19, 1995 |
When Americans open their holiday cards this year, many are likely to be covered in simple scenes reminiscent of 19th century life--clapboard houses covered in snow with jolly St. Nick, chubby and cherub-faced, ready to climb down the chimney. Greeting card companies say that there continues to be a return to more traditional and religious themes this season, as Americans look to buy cards that will rekindle family traditions and spiritual ties.
December 17, 1991 |
Richard Denison, the environmentalist most responsible for the demise of the polystyrene Big Mac burger box, is a self-professed "reuser of Christmas wrap." "Some members of my family buy this incredibly beautiful wrapping paper," says Denison, a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund. "I open it carefully and use it again."
December 22, 2001 |
As the economy goes, so go sales of... gift wrap? This Christmas looks to be one of the worst in years for retailers, and that's putting a wrinkle in the $3-billion wrapping paper industry, which already operates on paper-thin margins. Sales of gift wrap this holiday season are rolling up to be the lowest in more than a decade. Peter Appert, an analyst with Deutsche Banc Alex.
October 20, 2011 |
Greeting card companies have taken a cue from the nation's 9% unemployment rate. In a 6-by-4-inch envelope, someone can send a friend who lost a job a pre-printed message of encouragement and sympathy. Although not available at every corner store, layoff greeting cards are being produced by Hallmark and sold at its stores and online — and selling well, said Frank Fernandez, owner of two Hallmark stores in North Texas. "We're in the emotional business," Fernandez said.
June 25, 2003 |
Palm Inc., the world's largest maker of hand-held computers and the software that runs them, said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter loss narrowed and sales outpaced its forecasts, sending shares up as much as 10%. The net loss narrowed to $15 million, or 51 cents a share, in the quarter ended May 31 from $27.5 million, or 95 cents, a year earlier, Palm said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sales fell 3.2% to $225.8 million from $233.