CHICAGO -- Despite the ongoing recession, buyers and vendors at the 2002 International Housewares Show here had a positive industry outlook because of the "cocooning" trend that evolved from the Sept. 11 events. The show's domestic and international attendance numbers were on par with last year, with approximately 60,000 buyers and exhibitors, according to Phil Brandl, president and chief operating officer, International Housewares Association, Rosemont, Ill. The attendance was a positive ...

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