Enesco Acquires Assets of Country Artists Limited



    Acquisition strengthens position in the global gift market

    ITASCA, ILL., August 13 /CNW/ - Enesco LLC, a leader in the giftware, and
home and garden decor industries, today announced the acquisition of the
business and certain assets of Country Artists Limited. Country Artists is a
leading designer and supplier of high-quality popular brands, including A
Breed Apart, Tuskers, Speed Freaks and Dogs & Cats, and is based in
Warwickeshire in the U.K. Country Artists products currently are sold through
specialty gift stores around the world.

    The acquisition of Country Artists continues to build on Enesco's
strategy of aggressive global growth in the gift, and home and garden decor
markets through internal growth, licensing and acquisitions.

    "We are delighted to have secured the assets of Country Artists," said
Ken Johnson, Managing Director of Enesco Limited. "Rarely does such a strong
brand become available in our industry. Country Artists is a highly respected
stable of brands with a number of talented artists and sculptors and a breadth
of product offerings. Our goal will be to develop the global presence for
Country Artists brands and collector clubs."

    "Country Artists will be an excellent compliment to Enesco's global
product portfolio," said Matt Bousquette, Chairman of Enesco, LLC. "Our global
organization is focused on growing into additional categories, product forms,
styles, channels and countries. We look forward to bringing Country Artists,
as well as other innovative designers and well-respected brands in the
industry, into the Enesco family."

    About Enesco, LLC.

    Enesco, LLC is a global leader in the giftware, and home and garden decor
industries. Serving more than 44,000 customers worldwide, Enesco distributes
products to a wide variety of specialty card and gift retailers, home decor
boutiques, as well as mass-market chains and direct mail retailers. With
subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France and Canada, Enesco serves markets
operating in Europe, the Americas, Canada, Australia and Asia. The Company's
product lines include some of the world's most recognizable brands, including
Heartwood Creek(R) by Jim Shore, Foundations(R), Pooh & Friends(R), Walt
Disney Classics Collections(R), Disney Traditions(TM), Disney(R), Border Fine
Arts(TM), Cherished Teddies(R), Bilston & Battersea Enamels, and Lilliput
Lane(TM), among others. Further information is available on the Company's web
site at www.enesco.com.




For further information:

For further information: JSH&A Public Relations Kristin McCormick
630-932-9346 kristinm@jsha.com or Enesco Limited Linda Scott 441-228-404040
linda.scott@enesco.co.uk

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