The year in adhesives
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The year in adhesives
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The Stuck Economy

The Stuck Economy
The Stuck Economy
The year in adhesives
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Stamps
Stamps
U.S. Postal Service volume declined 3.5 percent, to 170.6 billion pieces; operating revenue fell 1.5 percent
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Marriage
Marriage
Average cost of a wedding increased 21.9 percent in the first half of 2010, to $23,867, up from $19,581 in 2009.
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Gum
Gum
Sugarless gum sales grew at 3 percent, to $2.3 billion; a slower growth rate compared with recent years.
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Velcro
Velcro
The U.S. Army's decision to use buttons instead of Velcro on uniforms will save the military nearly a buck per outfit.
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Oreos
Oreos
The sandwich cookie's 2010 sales reached $290.5 million, an 11 percent gain from 2009 sales.
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Band-Aids
Band-Aids
Johnson & Johnson saw sales of wound-care products decline by 9 percent in the first nine months of 2010.
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Honey
Honey
Average retail price per pound grew this year. In August the price rose to $5.04, a 44 cent year-over-year increase.
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3M
3M
The tape and Post-It Notes manufacturer (ahem) posted a sales increase of 17.4 percent in the first nine months of 2010.
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Peanut butter
Peanut butter
Salmonella fears receded and total U.S. sales rose 2.1 percent, to more than $950 million in the first half of 2010.
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Stuck on you
Stuck on you
Big Adhesive is up 4 percent in 2010, says market research firm IBISWorld. And duct tape—known as Jesus tape in Sweden—has become particularly trendy. Avon, Ohio, the self-proclaimed "Duct Tape Capital of the World," is the home of Duck Tape. Duck sponsors an annual contest in which students make prom attire out of tape. (It also has 3 million friends on Face­book.) Stuck at Prom rewards kids for their creativity with a college scholarship.

Cash prize awarded to each of the two winners: $3000
Number of hours spent by winners creating their duct tape outfits, which included hair extensions: 300
Weight in pounds of this year's winning prom dress: 50
Number of couples submitting prom duct tape entries in 2010: 240
Votes cast in this year's contest: 44,000
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