Handmade Pushes Out Mass-Produced
The onslaught of a recession is usually not a good time to think about
buying anything with the words ‘hand-crafted’ on the label. But a
German website is changing all that.
The DW-WORLD Article
handmade即 craft supplies
Michaels Stores, the chain of craft retailers owned by the Blackstone Group and Bain Capital, hopes that a holiday spike in sales will make up for weak results earlier in the year. For the quarter that ended Nov. 1, the company reported a net loss of $20 million and a decrease of 6.5 percent in same-store sales. But in November and December, Michaels’ 1,014 stores have had sharp increases in traffic and transactions for small-ticket craft supplies, said Brian C. Cornell, the company’s chief executive.
small-ticket craft supplies 小價碼的手工製品
Aid in Hand, Clock Ticks for Detroit
President Bush put the government into the daunting role of industrial oversight yesterday by grudgingly throwing a $17.4 billion lifeline to General Motors and Chrysler, a politically sensitive mission that President-elect Barack Obama will soon inherit.
(By Steven Mufson, David Cho and Cecilia Kang, The Washington Post)
McCain’s Daunting Task
By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Republican hopes to the contrary notwithstanding, Democrats will unite behind Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, or behind a ticket with the two of them.
daunt Show phonetics
verb [T often passive]
to make someone feel slightly frightened or worried about their ability to achieve something; to discourage:
She was not at all daunted by the size of the problem.
daunting Show phonetics
making you feel slightly frightened or worried about your ability to achieve something:
In spite of unification, the country was still faced with the daunting prospect of overcoming four decades of division.
dauntless Show phonetics
showing determination and a lack of fear:
In spite of the scale of the famine, the relief workers struggled on with dauntless optimism and commitment.
sensitive (REACTING EASILY) Show phonetics
1 easily influenced, changed or damaged, especially by a physical activity or effect:
Some people's teeth are highly sensitive to cold.
2 Sensitive equipment is able to record small changes:
The patient's responses are recorded on a sensitive piece of equipment which gives extremely accurate readings.
-sensitive Show phonetics
sensitivity Show phonetics
noun [U] (ALSO sensitiveness)
One of the side effects of the drug is an increased sensitivity to sunlight.
sensitize, UK USUALLY sensitise Show phonetics
to make someone sensitive to something:
It seems very likely that air pollutants are sensitizing people so that they become allergic to pollen.
ticket (PRICE CARD) Show phonetics
1 a piece of card or paper which is put on an item to show its size or price:
a price ticket
2 a note telling you that you must pay some money as a punishment for not obeying a rule or law:
a parking ticket
3 UK the range of ideas and plans that someone supports when they are in an election:
She's standing on an education ticket.
4 US the group of people representing a particular political party in an election:
the Republican/Democratic ticket