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April 28, 2009
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20th Annual America's Family Pet Expo Plays Host to Thousands of Animal Lovers
from WWPIA
America’s Family Pet Expo, produced by World Wide Pet Industry Association, Inc® (WWPIA) and presented by Iams Pet Foods, drew a crowd of over 36,826 attendees to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., April 17 -19. Now in its 20th year, the show continues to be a huge attraction for pet lovers in Southern California. Despite effects of a sluggish economy, the Pet Expo exceeded organizers’ expectations with an attendance increase of over 5.7 percent from last year, providing further evidence that family-friendly entertainment options are popular during weak economic times. More    E-mail article

In Management, Keep it Simple
from BNet
Occam's Razor essentially says that all things being equal, the simplest solution is the best. The principle has implications in virtually every field of science, not to mention philosophy, aesthetics, marketing, economics, and yes, management. If for some reason you don't buy the word of a 14th-century Franciscan friar, it might interest you to know that Albert Einstein also believed the universe loves simplicity. More    E-mail article

A Promising Sign for Small Business Loans
from BusinessWeek
It seems that the secondary market for Small Business Administration-backed loans may actually be thawing out a bit. Banks that make SBA-backed loans have historically been able to sell the guaranteed portion of these loans into the secondary market, freeing up their balance sheets to make new loans. The lack of liquidity in the secondary market is one of many factors that has been blamed for banks' reluctance to lend to small businesses during this economic crisis. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: CritterTrail®

CritterTrail® habitats are designed for the health, security and comfort needs of your hamster or gerbil. Innovative features encourage interaction between owners and their pets. CritterTrail® is the only brand with Super Protect™ antimicrobial technology built-in to ensure a cleaner environment. Expandable Fun-nels™ and connectable accessories encourage activity and exercise. More info

Summers says U.S. Economic Free Fall has Ended
from Reuters
The sense of "unremitting free fall" in the U.S. economy has ended and the picture is no longer completely negative, but rather mixed, President Barack Obama's economic adviser Lawrence Summers said. "Six or eight weeks ago, there were no positive statistics to be found anywhere. The economy felt like it was falling vertically. Today, the picture is much more mixed," Summers said. More    E-mail article

EPA Considers More Restrictions of Flea, Tick Pet Products
from Pet Product News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported April 16 that it is intensifying its evaluation of whether further restrictions on the use of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control products are necessary to better protect pets. The increased scrutiny applies to both over-the-counter and veterinary channel flea and tick products for pets. More    E-mail article

Nation's First Pet Airline Takes Off This Summer
from Zoo Too
Airplanes just got a little bit furrier. Pet Airways has announced it is launching the first pet-only airline service, with flights going to five major cities: New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. More    E-mail article

Bones to Bon Appetit
from Petfood Industry
As pet food production remains lucrative and competitive even through a rocky economy, new product releases mirroring human food trends are causing a stir among the more established and premium pet food manufacturers, with their innovative approaches and niche clientele. The key trend of humanizing pets continues to be an important focus for pet food manufacturers, as more and more of these mimic products are released. More    E-mail article

PIJAC Thanks Pet Owners, Hobbyists, and Others Who Care
from PIJAC
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) gratefully recognizes the collaborative efforts of pet owners, aquarium societies, bird clubs, herpetological societies, hobby clubs, pet organizations, and pet industry members who took time to educate their communities and express their concerns about the proposed Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (HR 669). More    E-mail article

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 36.94   0.00%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 8.83   0.06%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 52.67   0.86%
CLX Clorox Company 53.14   0.94%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 58.55   1.25%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 7.57   0.07%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.42   0.10%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 13.90   0.24%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 22.52   0.17%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 15.88   0.12%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.00   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 15.50   0.49%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 23.00   0.12%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 13.49   0.06%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 48.14   1.05%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 23.38   0.06%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 24.17   0.46%

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