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Weekly Agricultural Newsletter Sponsored by CarlinSales.com:

* More than half of retailers intend to hire the same number of
holiday-season workers as in 2001, a nationwide survey by Manpower, a
temporary staffing firm, found. 34% expect to create more jobs; 8% said they
would take on fewer employees. Chicago-based employment expert John
Challenger, who also surveyed retailers about their holiday plans, is more
pessimistic. He expects stores to reduce hiring this season, some by as much
as 25%. Challenger said students, stay-at-home moms and a host of skilled,
experienced workers are creating fierce competition for limited jobs this
holiday season.

* Vermeer's Garden Centre & Flower Shop in Welland, Ontario, was voted best
garden center by Canadian consumers in October. More than 4,500 consumers
voted for their favorite garden center at the Garden Expo in Toronto.
800.256.5656.

* Lawn and garden products maker Scotts Co. posted a narrower quarterly
loss, helped by cost cuts and strong consumer demand for turf fertilizers
and potting soil. Scotts, whose products include Miracle-Gro fertilizer and
Ortho insect and weed killers, is benefiting from the stay-at-home trend as
more Americans buy houses and focus on improving them. The company said
consumer purchases of its branded products increased 10% for the year.

* A widely loved fat cat is promoting garden and floral purchases. John
Henry Co. signed on cartoon feline Garfield and artist Jim Davis to provide
promotional materials for its "I Dig Flowers" and "I Dig Plants" campaign.
Choose from direct-mail postcards, catalogs, enclosure cards, envelopes,
banners, posters and more. http://www.jhc.com

* Kmart is working on a "national army of blue-light boosters." The new Web
site http://www.kmartforever.com pleads for encouragement from
pro-Kmarteers. The Web site, managed by Kmart's corporate communications, is
an effort to boost employee morale and public image. "I'm going to do
anything I can to help the company," Dave Karraker, director of corporate
communications, told Wall Street Journal.

About Carlin Sales
http://www.carlinsales.com
Carlin Sales Corporation serves your growing needs with a complete product
line for Greenhouses, Nurseries, Lawn & Garden and Landscaping. Additional
services include Greenhouse Construction and Pre filled Containers. We have
been a wholesale distributor for the last 25 years and our family has been
involved in the "Green Industry" since the 1900's.



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