By Wares March 23, 2018 Industry news

In the news: Appliances see sizzling spending success while it's a tale of two cities for the independent retailers' 2018 conferences.

Appliances' sizzling spending success - According to Marketview and the BNZ, overall spending for the week ending 18 March 2018 was +3.2%, while transactions were a fraction ahead at +3.3%. Spending on appliances was well ahead of the market with a top three increase of +10.6%, alongside Furniture & Flooring (+8%) and Travel Agents (+10%). Find out more here

Appnet's staying in Auckland - The annual Appnet Conference will be held over 11-13 May. The 2018 venue is the Holiday Inn Auckland (top photo). Friday arvo will see the “Betta Cup Challenge”, followed by a barbie on Friday night. Saturday’s gala diner will be at Villa Maria. Registrations close at the end of next week. Find out more on (09) 969 1930

ACL 1OO% focused on travel - In contrast, Appliance Connexion is again looking further afield this year. Bangkok, Thailand, is set to be the host city for the August event. Find out more on (09) 579 6960

Ataribox back online - After some "will they, won't they", the retro stylings of the Atari VCS games console have reached another milestone with Ataribox now saying pre-orders will start at a date yet to be announced in April. Find out more here

Appnet movers & shakers - Appnet's Graphic Designer, Bianca Evangelista, is leaving next week to further her career. Her replacement, Gunjan Bansal, will be arriving in the first week of April. All the best to Bianca! Find out more on (09) 969 1930

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