Forecast: Expect Holiday Ho-Hos To Be Only So-So

'Tis the season to read holiday tea leaves, and three just-released forecasts predict that consumer spending will be lukewarm, at best. At the low end, the International Council of Shopping Centers is looking for a 2.2% rise. And while the trade group points out that there are many components to such a forecast, the overall trend is tepid. "No matter which metric of performance is used, ICSC projects 2011 U.S. holiday sales are likely to advance at a slower pace than in 2010 as strong economic headwinds continue to persist," says Michael P. Niemira, ICSC's chief economist, in its release. "The 2011 holiday season forecast also envisions a pace of sales considerably slower than during the first half of 2011 since retail sales generally advanced at a faster pace in early 2011 than during the 2010 holiday season." It predicts a gain of 2.7% in apparel and 1.2% in electronics; overall, it anticipates higher-end stores to fare better than moderate or lower-priced stores.

From the Palm of Your Hand, Crestron MLX -3 Handheld Remote Gives Homeowners Affordable Whole House Control From Any Room

Extended Range Wireless Home Control Without the Common Headaches of Wi-Fi®-based Remotes

From the Palm of Your Hand, Crestron MLX-3 Handheld Remote Gives Homeowners Affordable Whole House Control From Any Room

Extended Range Wireless Home Control Without the Common Headaches of Wi-Fi®-based Remotes

Smartec launched Day/Night CCTV cameras with Sony Effio processor, 680/700 TVL and 54 dB WDR

New classical STC-3014 CCTV camera with 680/700 TVL resolution, 3D DNS digital noise reduction and mechanical IR cut filter.

Tributaries® Offers Remote Protection and Filtering For Displays and Projectors

TRIBUTARIES® is pleased to introduce a new addition to its line of innovative AC Power products, the PWRI-XF In-wall AC Power Extension Outlet Kit.

Tributaries« Offers Remote Protection and Filtering For Displays and Projectors

TRIBUTARIES« is pleased to introduce a new addition to its line of innovative AC Power products, the PWRI-XF In-wall AC Power Extension Outlet Kit.

Tributaries® Launches the 'Triple Threat' In -Wall Power Management Outlet

Tributaries® Cable unveils their latest AC protection product delivering a triple UL certifications, the Tributaries® PWRI-PRO in-wall power management outlet.

Tributaries« Launches the ĹTriple Threat' In-Wall Power Management Outlet

Tributaries« Cable unveils their latest AC protection product delivering a triple UL certifications, the Tributaries« PWRI-PRO in-wall power management outlet.

Tributaries® Launches New Reference Series Cables

Tributaries proudly introduces the new reference series of interconnect cables, handmade at the company's headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

Tributaries« Launches New Reference Series Cables

Tributaries proudly introduces the new reference series of interconnect cables, handmade at the company's headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

Digital Projection Now Shipping Incredibly Bright, Large -screen Single -Chip 3D Projector

M-Vision Cine 3D entertains with powerful 3D at welcoming price

Digital Projection Now Shipping Incredibly Bright, Large-screen Single-Chip 3D Projector

M-Vision Cine 3D entertains with powerful 3D at welcoming price

MKS introduces ECM2 control platform

MKS Instruments has introduced the ECM2, a stand-alone, real-time control platform that offers full programmability and flexibility, and allows for dense and mixed I/O in one unit for total system cost reduction and energy efficiency.

Digital Projection Unveils Worldwide Three Year Warranty on Entire Product Line

DPI is enhancing its product warranty to provide a full 3 years of parts and labor coverage for projectors and accessories employed in standard use applications.*

YALE TO DEMONSTRATE FIRST RESIDENTIAL LOCKS

Incorporation of NFC Technology into Yale Real Living Locks Will Make Them First Residential Locks to Use Mobile Phones as Keys

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 BLE2 Series Brushless Motor & Driver

BLE2 Series Brushless Motor & Driver

The BLE2 Series replaces our popular BLE Series and continues our brushless motor advantages by featuring an all new compact, high-power and high-efficiency brushless DC motor combined with a Driver that can be digitally set and controlled via external DC voltage or by the front panel. The BLE2 Series can easily compete with larger 3-phase inverter driven motors in many more applications, with built-in simple holding torque function, saving space and increasing performance thanks to the advantages of a brushless motor design. The BLE2 Series has a maximum speed of 4000 r/min, achieving a speed ratio of 1:50 (80 to 4000 r/min). The new motor structure is small than previous models and enables high power and high efficiency while incorporating easy setting, installation and wiring. The new motor connector offers IP66 degree of protection and allows for easy and direct connection between motor and driver with two available orientation of cable outlet direction.