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Business Briefs Guide to U.S. Irish giftwear market available, for $450

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Harry Keaney

With the ever-growing popularity in the U.S. of all things Irish, giftwear manufacturers from Ireland are reporting record demand from the U.S. market with further growth expected in the coming year, according to Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government trade agency. To sustain this growth, Enterprise Ireland has launched a comprehensive giftwear analysis and guide to the U.S. giftwear marketplace.

The guide may be purchased in hardback or electronic form for $450.

According to Michael McNicholas, Enterprise Ireland’s New York-based vice president consumer products, the handbook provides "an invaluable tool for those considering entering into, or already in, the U.S. gift industry.

"The handbook is a definitive guide to the demographic profile of the U.S. market, a sourcebook of the different marketing vehicles and techniques available and a popularity chart of best-selling product types," McNicholas said. He added that the handbook contains "all of the answers to all of the questions entrepreneurs would ask."

Details, (212) 371-3600 or log onto www.enterprise-ireland.com.

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