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TMCNet:  Global Sources' China Sourcing Fairs' spring series opens with new lifestyle theme

[April 19, 2013]

Global Sources' China Sourcing Fairs' spring series opens with new lifestyle theme

HONG KONG, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Global Sources' (NASDAQ: GSOL) spring consumer goods shows open today with a focus on high-quality, eco-friendly, innovative and socially-compliant products in the areas of decorating, living and giving, three product lines which increasingly resonate with the lifestyle of today's consumers.


(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20030303/LNM011LOGO-b ) The co-located events, China Sourcing Fairs: Solar & Energy Saving Products, Christmas & Seasonal Products, Gifts & Premiums, Home Products and Korea Sourcing Fair: Gifts & Premiums run from April 19 to 22 at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo.

Recognizing the benefits which a one-stop, single-location sourcing platform provides, major buyers pre-registered to attend the shows include AEON, Canon, Carlsberg, Carrefour, Coles Group Asia, Costco, Disney Parks, Dollar General, Forever Gifts, Hallmark Cards, Hugo Boss, Kingfisher, Kmart, LG Electronics, Li & Fung, Marks & Spencer, Office Depot, Samsonite, Sanrio, Tesco, The Children's Place, Toys"R"Us and Woolworths.

"Global Sources continues to address market changes with the China Sourcing Fairs for the benefit of both buyers and exhibitors. An example of this is the new DIY & Home Improvement pavilion," said Tommy Wong, President of Global Sources Exhibitions. "With the widespread availability of easy-to-install and use products, and the current spending habits of cost-wary consumers, we are witnessing an increase in global DIY and this new pavilion allows our buyers and exhibitors to capitalize on a booming market sector forecast to reach $716.2 billion in size by 2015." The spring Fairs also include a "Modern Dining" product showcase where buyers can enjoy a more convenient and effective way to locate and source in-demand kitchen and tableware products, while exhibitors benefit from additional brand exposure. Onsite video chat even enables suppliers who do not have booths on the show floor to discuss and negotiate with buyers in real-time.

"The prime manufacturing base for many 'Lifestyle' related products is right here on Hong Kong's doorstep in China and many Chinese suppliers of quality products such as the growing housewares and specialties segment -- a market forecast to be worth $67.4 billion by the end of 2016 -- find it easy and convenient to exhibit at the shows," Wong added.

Value-added services to enhance buyer and supplier efficiency To help buyers and exhibitors meet and do business more effectively, Global Sources is organizing a series of special on-site activities at the Fairs. These include: -- Private Sourcing Events allow pre-selected exhibitors exclusive opportunities to meet large global companies in private during the shows. Sourcing teams from buyers including Amazon, Auchan, Creata, E-mart, First Act, Namibia Breweries and RSI are scheduled to participate, representing combined annual sales of more than US$510 billion.

-- Color Trends Area in Hall 5 features color forecasts for gifts, premiums and home products.

-- Free conference programs help international buyers source more efficiently from China. The conferences provide an in-depth analysis of China sourcing practices and hot industry trends.

Opening times for the Hong Kong China Sourcing Fairs are: -- April 19-21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

-- April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Buyers can find more information, including details about free transport to the venue and back, at the China Sourcing Fairs website: http://www.chinasourcingfair.com For more information about Global Sources, please visit our corporate site (http://www.corporate.globalsources.com). You can also view our latest developments on Facebook and Twitter (/globalsources).

About Global Sources Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China.

The core business facilitates trade between Asia and the world using English-language media such as online marketplaces (http://www.globalsources.com), print and digital magazines, sourcing research reports, private sourcing events, trade shows, and online sourcing fairs.

More than 1 million international buyers, including 90 of the world's top 100 retailers, use these services to obtain product and company information to help them source more profitably from overseas supply markets. These services also provide suppliers with integrated marketing solutions to build corporate image, generate sales leads and win orders from buyers in more than 240 countries and territories.

Global Sources' other businesses provides Chinese-language media to companies selling to and within Greater China. These services include online web sites, print and digital magazines, seminars and trade shows. In mainland China, Global Sources has a network of more than 30 office locations and a community of more than 4 million registered online users and magazine readers of its Chinese-language media.

Now in its fifth decade, Global Sources has been publicly listed on the NASDAQ since 2000.

Press Contact in Asia Investor Contact in Asia Camellia So Connie Lai Tel: (852) 2555-5021 Tel: (852) 2555-4747 e-mail: cso@globalsources.com e-mail: investor@globalsources.com Press Contact in U.S. Investor Contact in U.S.

Brendon Ouimette Cathy Mattison Tel: (1-480) 664-8309 LHA e-mail: bouimette@globalsources.com Tel: (1-415) 433-3777 e-mail: cmattison@lhai.com SOURCE Global Sources http://rt.prnewswire.com/rt.gif NewsItemId=HK97033&Transmission_Id=201304190200PR_NEWS_USPR_____HK97033&DateId=20130419

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