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Thursday, February 23, 2017

In Manhattan: Flinders Lane Winter 2017 by Chris McPherson and Chris Rendell - STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT THE AUSTRALIANS ARE COMING! Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Our friends Executive Chef and Owner Chris Rendell above and Host and Owner Chris McPherson below of the fabulous Flinders Lane, a brilliant culinary homage to Melbourne, Australia their hometown and DRUMROLL PLEASE, THEY ARE OPENING SOON IN STAMFORD CONNECTICUT!
Peachy Deegan with the cutting edge of delicious!

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 The number one reason for traveling to the East Village is without a doubt Flinders Lane and the talents of Chris Rendell and Chris McPherson are the best two reasons why.  The Australian culinary endeavors always rank among the most competitive of all Manhattan restaurants and though we do not officially grade anyone on personality, of course if you have sparkling ones that does make dinner taste even better.
As avid readers know, Peachy Deegan is not a New Yorker.
Peachy is from CONNECTICUT.
And the most exciting thing to ever hit the state in terms of restaurants in many years is that these guys are opening very soon on Summer Street in Stamford, Connecticut.
Certainly, we will keep you apprised of this new endeavor.
"I think for us the nostalgic Australian comfort cuisine that is intrinsic to our Australian upbringing suits the Manhattan palate for the winter season," comments Chris McPherson.  "Curry laska, steak and mushroom pie, and sausage rolls all exemplify this and we look forward to seeing you as our guests."
 Flinders Lane was most recently featured in the Summer of 2016 on Whom You Know:
 It was first featured in early 2015:
 Sourced from the vendor Down East, this Tuna Sashimi was a firework of a start!  The combinations are succulent and interesting to invigorate your appetite but will not turn it one bit.  You're not going to believe how much you'll adore Chinese Salted Black Beans (fermented) that team up with that uberfresh Tuna and a spectacular lime vinaigrette.  Soft, refreshing, and healthy, this fish has a nice crunchy contrast with the crisp taro that comes to the party on a plate.  Taro of course is a root vegetable kind of like a yam.  In the good weather this tuna swims in from Block Island but these days it is coming from the Carolinas or Florida.
 The most perfect Green Salad is found at Flinders Lane.  Note we never edit pictures and it does look this great in person in their light on their plate and it really is that green and fresh.  The bite-sized pieces are perfectly dressed in a sublime vinaigrette just right-lightly.
This is an essential component to a successful dinner. 
 One of the best steaks you can eat right now in Manhattan is not in fact at a steakhouse: it is at Flinders Lane.  Grilled Hanger Steak is highly competitive with its outstanding flavor and juicy perfection, which we absolutely reveled in.  Sauteed mushrooms, shallot jus and fat chips (potatoes, silly!) are the ideal companions to this fabulous carnivorous endeavor.  We could eat this every day and be quite happy.
 Only the most extremely talented chefs can get us to like something that we do not like one bit.  Ever ever ever.
There is only one place in the world where we have eaten anything tofu and liked it and it is at Flinders Lane.  Peachy love love loves green beans but was a bit taken aback when she saw on the menu that they might be murdered by tofu.  Chris McPherson explained to her that this was Whipped Tofu and she might think it's like sour cream.  Of course, like everything else he's suggested over time he was spot-on correct and this is the only tofu you should ever eat and you are going to LOVE IT.  Sesame also comes to the green bean soiree. 
Finally, for our fish entree we chose the sublime Barbecued Mackerel, delivered daily from Florida, testament to the freshness the two Chris's are committed to.  We don't know too many places that get seafood deliveries seven days a week.  This poisson of sophistication is a cornucopia of color and delicious fresh flavor from the pizazz of the pickled red onion to the perfect kick of dill to the hearty potato salad, fragrant mustard seeds and of course triumphant mackerel itself, which boasts incredible barbecue flavor upon its intrinsic freshness.  Also Lilly Pultizer if you are reading up there note the pink and green combination!
Flinders Lane is both highly consistent and highly excellent, and could not be more authentic as both owners are from Melbourne.
 Sticky date pudding with palm sugar ice cream (that's right, direct from a Palm Tree!) is the absolute perfect dessert that will leave a fabulous lasting impression.
Connecticut, get excited!!!!  You'll be the first to know and we hope we are the first to tell you.
Flinders Lane is among our favorites and it is Highly Recommended.



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a $250,000 gift from Walmart to the Academy Foundation in support of the organization’s educational and outreach initiatives. Walmart, a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Oscars®, continues its commitment to encourage and support emerging talent in the film community.

The Academy Foundation manages two of the most prestigious competitions for emerging talent in the motion picture industry—the Student Academy Awards, an international film competition for university students, and the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, an international writing competition for aspiring screenwriters. Past Student Academy Award winners include acclaimed filmmakers Pete Docter ("Inside Out"), Cary Fukunaga ("Beasts of No Nation"), John Lasseter ("Toy Story"), Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing"), Trey Parker ("South Park") and Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"). Altogether, Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive eight Oscars and 51 Oscar® nominations. Past Nicholl Fellows include Destin Cretton ("Short Term 12"), Jeffrey Eugenides ("The Virgin Suicides"), Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich"), Ehren Kruger ("Transformers: Age of Extinction") and Andrew Marlowe ("Air Force One").

This summer, the Academy will also launch a groundbreaking entertainment industry-wide summer intern and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for young professionals from under-represented communities. 

"We would like to thank Walmart for this generous gift, and are grateful for their support of our educational initiatives and shared commitment to mentor the next generation of storytellers," said Academy CEO, Dawn Hudson.

"Our Oscars campaign celebrates creativity and storytelling, and we felt it was important to not only support filmmaking on the industry’s biggest night, but to lend support to future filmmakers," said Tony Rogers, chief marketing officer, Walmart U.S. "Every day our customers are telling stories with their receipts. We are proud to support the Academy’s educational programs to further empower film students from diverse backgrounds to tell their stories."

Walmart’s gift will allow the Academy to meaningfully advance its ongoing efforts to reach out and build a more diverse and inclusive talent pool of participants in all Academy programs, and begin to position promising young people for success in their respective fields.

As a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Oscars®, Walmart will unveil its new campaign, "Behind Every Receipt, There’s a Great Story," during the retailer’s first-ever sponsorship of the Oscars. The concept for the campaign is based on a single six-item receipt—when seen through an artistic lens—can tell an infinite number of stories. Walmart teamed with directors Antoine Fuqua, Marc Forster, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to create three short films, each with their own unique spin, that will premiere during the telecast’s commercials on Oscars® Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.



Kiss My Slice Pizza Winter 2017 Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen

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Valentine's Day might be over but the kisses for 2017 are just getting started!
And the absolute best thing to kiss in New York right this minute is without a doubt Kiss My Slice pizza.  It's our firm expectation that upon return to a venue, we will will have just as fabulous an experience as the first time.
This was not the case here.
It is the rare exception that we have an EVEN BETTER TIME the second time and that is the case here.  Owned by the brilliant Dano Weiss, Kiss My Slice has some of the best components that a pizza place can have from incredible crust to the tomato sauce of your dreams to the freshest components available to enhance them.  And he has Donna Ryan, his secret weapon.  We bet you cannot remember a post where we picture someone other than the owner because we can't remember doing it recently.
Their house salad is just like you want a salad to be: fresh vegetables that crunch, cut up into small bite-sized pieces and we even liked their salad dressing.  It was just as great as the Greek Salad which we tried before.
They were first featured last summer:
Sure you have to be spectacular at pizza, but what else can you do?
The best sandwich we have had in ages is the Spinach Roll with Feta which Dano told us we must try.  We hate when owners tell us we must try something and we don't like it and they are bragging for no good reason.  This does happen and believe us, we do not tell you then.
We like to decide what we think will be good, but if you want to decide, you'd better be right!
Dano has every right to sing the praises of this super fresh soft crust screaming succulent spinach and feta flown in from Greece to make your day.  
If you want to take an afternoon nap this is so soft it could be your pillow which you could then eat.  We wish we could hit a button and turn our pillow into this sandwich because it is hard to look at it and not be eating it.  Also they intelligently put marinara on the side to dip this wonder in, which is another excellent idea.  Ask for at least 2 marinaras because this is the dip to dip into.
  It's glamour close-up:
We tried a winning side of meatballs straight, and the meatballs are golf-ball sized that want to just make a hole in one to your stomach, so get out your fork putter.  They are crafted from pork and just hit the spot.  Note this component is not heavy on bread should you be aiming to fit into your next cocktail dress soon.
The vast majority of pizzas we eat have vegetables exclusively on them for both nutritional and cocktail-dress fitting reasons, and we actually do like the taste of cooked vegetables.  However, we took a walk on the wild side this time because we were intrigued by the name of lasagna pizza.  If you also loved reading Garfield growing up you know lasagna is his favorite and we wish we had him to eat this with us.  Many pizza places come up with overly creative combinations that frankly are not that great once you start eating them, but this strikes the balance between interesting and delicious perfectly.
As per usual, we ordered a large and this is emblazoned with ricotta cheese, pork sausage, fresh basil, fresh pizza sauce and your tastebuds will be completely tantalized.  We dreamed about this crust after eating it the first time and literally Peachy Deegan got out of bed and made her dreams come true along with a leftover piece that sprinted into the microwave for the stomach to send the message to her brain that the dream was realized.
What are you waiting for!!?!
Go see Dano and Donna.
Garfield, we're talking to you.
We look forward to sharing with you the exciting developments of this terrific brand that we hope to see more great things from soon!


On February, by Oscar Fay Adams

"With the lengthening days which distinguish the third month of winter from its predecessor, come ardent desires for spring, and longings for the time of birds and flowers. An adventurous swallow too early flying from the south, a vision of snowdrops in the snow, a day of April warmth lit by a slant February sun, are all hailed with pleasure as harbingers of a more gracious season on its northland way."
~Oscar Fay Adams, January 1886


Miss Piggy's Fashion and Beauty Tips

Beauty takes practice. 

Never let your frog outdress you.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may become necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. 

Your hair is your most important accessory. In a pinch, you could do without your shoes, your purse, your eyeshadow - but without your hair, in that important first impression you'd score a Bad Beauty Impact. 

Never use yellow lipstick. 

Never color your teeth. 

Never powder your tongue. 

Never put flowers in your nose. 

Never braid your eyelashes. 

Never put anything blue on your cheeks. 

Never use anything that stinks, stings or stains. 

Never use anything that makes you cry, sneeze, look old, or turn red and bumpy.


On February, by William Shakespeare

"Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what's the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?"
~William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing (Act V, Scene 4, Don Pedro)


Vinitaly launches new survey on Italian wine in US market

On the occasion of the Italian Wine Week – VINO 2017, Vinitaly presented the preliminary results of a new survey carried out in collaboration with Wine Opinions aimed at identifying consumption and purchasing trends among U.S consumers with a special eye to Millennials.
Among several interesting findings, the survey revealed the heavy usage of social media among the young generations when exchanging information about wine, thus highlighting the importance for wineries to be socially active in order to gain competitiveness within the US Market. Among the many Social Media channels, Facebook ranked the highest at 46% followed by Instagram, Vivino, Pinterest, Twitter,Youtube, Delectable and Hello Vino. Consumers under 40 skewed higher for all channels, and nearly double for Instagram and Delectable.

Furthermore, although Italian wines continue to be very popular in the US, ranking as the most chosen imported wine by 30%, many local consumes are still unaware of the existence of grape varietals and wines such as Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, Falanghina, Fiano, Franciacorta, and Salice Salentino thus emphasizing an ongoing need for education. The preliminary results of the survey can now be found online at

The full version will be available at the end of the month.

For more information you can contact

Vinitaly International lands in Houston for the first time

Vinitaly International and its Academy (VIA) will be present for the very first time in Texas on the occasion of Taste of Italy organized by the Italy - America Chamber of Commerce of Texas in collaboration with ICE - Italian Trade Agency. On the 6th of March, Vinitaly international will be presenting a VIA seminar entirely dedicated to all 13 wineries of the Amarone Family, led by VIA Ambassador Elise Vandenber, and two guided tasting led by Jeremy Parzen who will be offering an overview of some of the best wines presented during the event's Walk Around Tasting.

Countdown to Vinitaly 2017
Vinitaly USA - Houston 5-6 March 2017
VIA @ Taste of Italy 2017
Vinitaly China - Chengdu 19-22 March 2017
Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
5StarWines The Book 31 March - 2 April 2017
Veronafiere, Verona
Wine Without Walls 31 March 2017
Veronafiere, Verona
Vinitaly International Academy | Certification Course 3-7 April 2017
wine2digital, Verona
Vinitaly & the City 7th-11th April 2017
OperaWine 8th April 2017
Vinitaly 9th-12th April 2017

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Lenovo today announced an agreement with SAP under which Lenovo will deliver a new enterprise cloud solution created exclusively for customers holding licenses for the SAP HANA® platform in China. To be named “Lenovo Enterprise Cloud designed for SAP HANA,” the new managed service is intended to open a simple and powerful migration path for China customers seeking to leverage their investments in SAP HANA offsite in a cloud environment.

The new deal comes shortly after the two companies crossed the one-year mark of an expanded strategic alliance announced in January 2016. It follows several other significant milestones achieved last year as part of the joint commitment to develop new cloud solutions for the China market, pioneer global innovations leveraging SAP HANA and Lenovo server technologies, and execute collaborative go-to-market programs. Lenovo and SAP have been working closely together, particularly in China, since 2010.

The solution’s cloud environment will be customized by Lenovo, with support from SAP, to optimize performance and availability running SAP HANA-based applications such as real-time data analytics. The core infrastructure will employ Lenovo’s high-performance System x3850 and x3950 X6 servers, while the System x3650 M5 will power the application servers.

Lenovo will build and operate the end-to-end cloud data center infrastructure for the solution in China, while also managing and supporting its SAP HANA database and applications, including customer technical support such as a hotline service. SAP and Lenovo will jointly expand its market presence and offer off-premise solutions to customers in China. SAP will help Lenovo with quality assurance during the deployment and support process.

With the agreement, Lenovo gains a major new channel for its industry-leading capabilities in deploying SAP HANA and delivering its benefits. The company currently is among the largest SAP customers in China and also runs one of the largest instances of SAP HANA in the Asia Pacific region. By deploying SAP HANA in-memory database technology deeply in its own organization using its own infrastructure, Lenovo has developed vast knowledge of how to optimize application performance, as well as implement the technology rapidly and efficiently, which it applies to customer engagements.

Lenovo Enterprise Cloud designed for SAP HANA will be available from SAP and Lenovo starting in the first half of 2017.

Latest Milestone in Expanded Alliance
Introduction of the managed service for SAP HANA in China culminates a year of intense collaboration between SAP and Lenovo flowing from the companies’ expanded alliance agreement. Some of the most significant developments in 2016 included:
Announcement of a new, smart data-tiering solution for SAP® Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA that manages “warm” data, allowing customers to gain cost-effective access to larger amounts of data, thereby driving improved analytics performance.

Unveiling of a roadmap for expanded memory support in solutions running SAP HANA – up to eight-socket, 8TB configurations, an advancement that will enable customers to expand their SAP S/4HANA® footprint and deliver faster, more responsive data access.

With Samsung, SAP and Lenovo outlined a vision of in-memory systems that will leverage 128GB memory technology to unleash further performance advancements, as well as new levels of scalability.

Lenovo earned an SAP HANA Innovation Award for its internal implementation to accelerate supply chain management reporting. The company cut the time needed to generate reports from 1-2 weeks to 6-8 minutes, while enabling near real-time cost analysis and driving about $50 million in cost savings. 

Lenovo’s lifetime shipments of SAP HANA reached 6,800 worldwide, ranking it among the top two global leaders in this segment.

Lenovo:(Peter Hortensius, CTO & Head of Strategy, Data Center Group)
“SAP’s selection of Lenovo to partner in delivering its enterprise cloud for SAP HANA in China – as well as the trust and confidence implied in this decision – serves as compelling proof of our industry leadership capabilities in this rapidly expanding market segment,” said Peter Hortensius, chief technology officer and head of strategy, Data Center Group, Lenovo. “It is also the latest demonstration of how Lenovo’s open, flexible strategy of partnering with industry leaders delivers valuable co-innovations that address the most critical challenges of our mutual customers.”

SAP: (Edward Chen, chief business officer, SAP Greater China)
“This new dimension of our partnership with Lenovo gives China enterprises access to a powerful, highly scalable cloud solution for rapidly and efficiently deploying applications running on SAP HANA off premise,” said Edward Chen, chief business officer, SAP Greater China. “Also, we anticipate that Lenovo Enterprise Cloud designed for SAP HANA will be a compelling option for customers because it leverages the company’s high-performance server technology, as well as its deep skills and experience in delivering these applications.”

Industry Analyst: (Kitty Fok, Managing Director of IDC China)
“The joint effort of Lenovo and SAP to offer the enterprise cloud solution for users of SAP HANA will help companies in China deploy their platform and migrate workloads to SAP HANA rapidly,” said Kitty Fok, managing director of IDC China. “We anticipate that enterprises will benefit from the performance of the SAP HANA platform and Lenovo’s professional services for the data center, which will help bring them competitive advantage in the future.”

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at


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On February, by J.R. Stockton

"February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March."
~J.R. Stockton


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@NHL #Stadium Series 2017 COORS LIGHT NHL STADIUM SERIES™ TO CELEBRATE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS NAMED TO 100 GREATEST NHL PLAYERS LIST Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier & Ron Francis To Headline Second Intermission Ceremony Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers Matchup Will Be Broadcast Live on NBC, Sportsnet & TVAS2 Tickets to Feb. 25 Outdoor Game at Heinz Field Available for Purchase Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know

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Dr. Garo Nazarian is a Mover and Shaker, and was the first featured:

Dr. Nazarian, a graduate of Boston College and Columbia Dental School, opened Cosmopolitan Dental in 2006 and has grown his practice to over 2,000 patients. Peachy Deegan is proud to be the second ever. Cosmopolitan Dental strives to surpass all patients' expectations by catering to your dental needs while providing the utmost professional results. Cosmopolitan Dental has been recognized by America's Top Dentists and has earned both the Patients' choice award and the Doctors' choice award. Dr. Garo Nazarian is a proud member of the New York State Dental Association, New York County Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Cosmopolitan Dental loves to make you smile! 

The National Hockey League (NHL) will celebrate the nine current and former Pittsburgh Penguins players who were named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players list during a special ceremony in the second intermission of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, the outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 25 (8pm ET, NBC, SN, TVAS2). Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and legends Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier and Ron Francis will be in attendance for the special tribute. 

The 100 Greatest NHL Players list was unveiled during THE NHL100™ presented by GEICO star-studded event at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Jan. 27 and included nine Penguins players – Crosby, Lemieux, Coffey, Francis, Trottier, Jaromir Jagr, Luc Robitaille, Andy Bathgate and Tim Horton. The 100 Greatest NHL Playerswere selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game. 

“This tribute to the nine Penguins players who were named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players list is another can’t-miss event for Penguins fans,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. “Our hope is to bring the 100 Greatest NHL Players to each home market around the league, and this ceremony will give all Pittsburgh fans in attendance at the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series a chance to celebrate their team's place in NHL history."

The second intermission ceremony is just one of many special events and festivities honoring the NHL® Centennial and a century’s worth of extraordinary players and teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. The NHL’s Centennial Celebration began officially on Jan. 1 in Toronto with the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ outdoor game and continues with the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena, a traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017, including Pittsburgh on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, as part of The PreGame, the official tailgate party of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, held at Stage AE’s outdoor music stage and the parking lot across from Heinz Field.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. ET game are available for purchase via, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL®. 

NHL Network™ and will provide extensive coverage live from the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ in Pittsburgh. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, via the official hashtag @NHL #Stadium Series.



Lenovo Group (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarterly revenue was US$12.2 billion, a six percent decrease year-over-year. Third quarter pre-tax income was US$101 million, a 68 percent decline year-over-year. Net income fell 67 percent year-over-year to US$98 million.

Lenovo faced sizeable challenges in its three main lines of business, namely data center, mobile devices, and PCs and smart devices, all three industries that according to analysts’ reports continued to experience either slow growth or no growth during the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

“Despite ongoing macro-economic uncertainties and the two new businesses still in transition, Lenovo delivered a solid performance last quarter,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our PC business remains strong, our Mobile business has made steady progress, and our Data Center business now has a clear improvement plan in place. Although it takes time to build the core competence in these two new growth engines, we are confident to achieve breakeven and profitable growth in them.” 

The Company’s gross profit for the third fiscal quarter decreased 15 percent year-over-year to US$1.6 billion, with gross margin at 13.1 percent. Operating profit for the third quarter was US$138 million, down 64 percent year-over-year. Basic earnings per share for the quarter was 0.90 US cents, or 6.98 HK cents. As of December 31, 2016, Lenovo’s net cash was US$155 million.

Business Group Overview
In the third fiscal quarter, sales in our PC and Smart Devices (PCSD) Business Group, which includes PCs and tablets, was US$8.6 billion, an increase of two percent year-over-year. Quarter-to-quarter, our PCSD business grew a healthy 10.2 percent. Pre-tax income was US$431 million, an increase of seven percent year-over-year. Pre-tax income margin improved by 0.2 points year-over-year to five percent.

Helped by strong growth in North America, where Lenovo increased its shipments by 14 percent year-over-year, the Company shipped a total of 15.7 million PCs worldwide during the quarter. This is an increase of two percent year-over-year, and four points better than the industry as a whole, when compared to a total industry decrease of two percent for the same period. With record-high market share in China, Europe/Middle East/Africa region and Latin America, Lenovo remained the worldwide PC market leader with a record 22.4 percent market share.

Lenovo also saw strong growth in tablets, up ten percent year-over-year, outperforming the market by 29 points, as well as significant year-over-year increases in high-growth product lines such as gaming PC (up 71 percent), Chromebook (up 76 percent ), and detachables (up 91 percent). These are all product lines that Lenovo is ramping up, typified by our new Legion-branded series of gaming laptops launched last month at CES.

In our Mobile Business Group, which includes Moto and Lenovo-branded smartphones, Lenovo’s quarterly sales were US$2.2 billion, a decrease year-over-year of 23 percent, but an indicative seven percent increase over last quarter, driven by strong growth in mature markets. Pre-tax loss margin for the quarter improved by 0.6 points quarter-to-quarter to 7.1 percent.

With 15 million smartphones shipped in the third quarter, Lenovo improved seven percent quarter-to-quarter, including a 20 percent increase in shipments of Moto-branded products. Moto G shipments were up 12 percent year-over-year, aided by an increase in Latin America alone of 23 percent. In India, the world’s third-largest smartphone market, Lenovo was a strong smartphone supplier with 9.9 percent market share in the third quarter.

For Lenovo’s Data Center Group (DCG), which includes servers, storage, software and services, sales in the third fiscal quarter were US$1.1 billion, down 20 percent year-over-year, and three percent quarter-to-quarter. With large quarter-to-quarter revenue gains in North America (up 27 percent), Latin America (up ten percent), and Europe/Middle East/Africa region (up nine percent), Lenovo’s DCG business showed signs of improvement quarter to quarter.

Lenovo continued its focus on the transformative actions that will help drive long-term DCG competitiveness, such as strengthening our sales teams, investing in the channel, revamping our product lines, building our brand strategy, and adding new partnerships. For example, we have fortified our Global Accounts team, our sales group that services Fortune 500 clients, and saw growth in our DCG business there for the quarter grow 37 percent year-over-year.

Geographic Overview
In China, in the third fiscal quarter, Lenovo recorded consolidated sales of US$3.5 billion, a two percent decrease year-over-year, but an eight percent increase quarter-to-quarter. China represented 28.5 percent of the Company’s total worldwide third quarter sales. Pre-tax income in China increased eight percent to US$180 million year-over-year, with pre-tax income margin gaining half-a point to 5.2 percent.

In Asia Pacific, Lenovo had consolidated sales in the third fiscal quarter of US$1.7 billion, a decrease of 14 percent year-over-year, representing 14 percent of the Company’s total worldwide sales. The region had a pre-tax loss of US$41 million and a pre-tax loss margin of 2.4 percent.

In Europe, Middle East and Africa, consolidated sales in the third fiscal quarter declined 2.7 percent year-over-year to US$3.4 billion, but increased a robust 23 percent quarter-to-quarter, or 27.6 percent of the Company’s total worldwide sales. The pre-tax loss was US$102 million with a pre-tax loss margin of three percent.

In the Americas, consolidated sales were US$3.6 billion, down eight percent year-over-year, or 29.9 percent of Lenovo’s total worldwide sales during the third fiscal quarter. Pre-tax income was US$39 million, with a pre-tax income margin of 1.1 percent.

About Lenovo
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On February, by Joseph Wood Krutch

"The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February.... Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. This is the very three a.m. of the calendar."
~Joseph Wood Krutch


NHL Peachy Takes a Trip to Pennsylvania: ONEREPUBLIC TO HEADLINE ENTERTAINMENT FOR 2017 COORS LIGHT NHL STADIUM SERIES™ AT HEINZ FIELD IN PITTSBURGH Multi-Platinum Global Band OneRepublic to Perform During 1st Intermission of Feb. 25 Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers Outdoor Matchup Alternative Rock Band Kaleo Will Perform on Game Day at The PreGame, the Official Tailgate Party of the NHL Stadium Series Courtney Daniels to Mark Her NHL Return with a Performance of the U.S. National Anthem Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen

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Multi-platinum Grammy-nominated global band OneRepublic will headline the entertainment for the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, the much-anticipated regular-season outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Heinz Field – home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The primetime matchup, including the band’s first intermission performance, will be broadcast live from Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. ET in the U.S. on NBC and in Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports 2. 

Joining OneRepublic for the game day entertainment will be acclaimed Icelandic rock band Kaleo,whowill perform on Stage AE’s outdoor music stage at The PreGame– theofficial tailgate party of the 2017 Coors Light 
NHL Stadium Series™ – before fans head into Heinz Field for the game. The two-day, hockey-themed fan festival at Stage AE and in the parking lot across from Heinz Field will be free and open to the public. The band’s set at Stage AE will begin at 6:15 p.m. ET before the 8 p.m. ET start to the game inside Heinz Field. A portion of the performance will air during the nationally televised game. 

Courtney Daniels, who wowed fans with her performance of the U.S. national anthem at the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at STAPLES Center, will make her triumphant return to the NHL stage with another rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the 2017 Coors Light 
NHL Stadium Series™. 

Pittsburgh-based band The Hawkeyes will serve as the house band, with performances throughout the game. The Pittsburgh Steeline, a staple at Steelers games, will provide accompaniment during the pregame festivities, including player introductions. 

Tickets to the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ are available for purchase via, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL®. NHL Network™ and will provide extensive coverage live from the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ in Pittsburgh. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms via the official hashtag #Stadium Series. 

About OneRepublic 
OneRepublic released their debut set Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. The album included the smash single Apologize, which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and received a Grammy nomination. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced three singles: All the Right Moves, Secrets and Good Life. 

OneRepublic’s third studio album Native, was released in March 2013 and produced the hit singles If I Lose Myself, Feel Again, Love Runs Out, I Lived and their biggest song to date Counting Stars, which reached #1 in 54 countries and has sold over 10 million downloads. Native sold over 5 million units worldwide. Their newest album Oh My My, featuring the hit singles “Wherever I Go,” “Kids” and new single “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” was released in the fall of 2016 on Mosley/Interscope Records and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. OneRepublic will join U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 on four dates before headlining the 2017 Honda Civic Tour this summer. Dates for the summer tour can be found on and

About Kaleo 
Named by Rolling Stone as one of their “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” Icelandic alternative rock band Kaleo has already made a number of major TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and TBS’ Conan

Comprised of bandleader JJ Julius Son, drummer David Antonsson, guitarist Rubin Pollock and bassist Daniel Kristjansson, Kaleo’s debut album “A/B” landed at #10 on SoundScan’s “Current Albums” chart and #15 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its release in June 2016 while also taking the #3 spot on both the “Rock Albums” and “Alternative Albums” tallies as well as #6 on “Digital Albums.” On iTunes, “A/B” debuted in the top 10 in 19 countries, 12 of which saw it reach the top 3, including the US, UK, and Canada. Total worldwide streams of the album have surpassed 100 million, and album sales worldwide are in excess of 100,000, with a total consumption (sales + stream equivalents) of more than 225,000. In Canada, the album debuted at #1 and has not left the top 50 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart since its release. 

“A/B” includes the multi-format rock singles, “All The Pretty Girls,” “No Good,” and the #1 alternative breakthrough “Way Down We Go,” all written by Kaleo lead singer JJ Julius Son. “Way Down We Go” marked the band’s fourth top 10 hit at three different radio formats in the US. “Way Down We Go” has been certified GOLD in US, Belgium, Ireland and South Africa and platinum in Canada, where it reached #3 on the Alternative radio chart. 

Kaleo will join The Lumineers as special guests on their 2017 North American concert tour. The dates begin Tuesday, February 28th at Grand Prairie, TX’s Verizon Theatre and then travel the continent through March. 

About the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series 
On Saturday, Feb. 25, the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will feature a much-anticipated intrastate rivalry game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. This regular-season outdoor matchup will celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the Penguins and Flyers, who were introduced to the NHL® as part of the six-team 1967 NHL expansion. The event will be broadcast in primetime on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports 2 in Canada at 8 p.m. ET.

The PreGame, the official tailgate party of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, will be free and open to the public from 3 – 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 24 (in the parking lot only) and Saturday, Feb. 25. A ticket will NOT be required for access. All guests, including children, must consent to a search of their person and anything they are carrying. Metal detectors will be located at The PreGame and Stage AE entry gates. For more information on The PreGame, including a list activities and performances, visit


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