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October 19, 2011

Drug stores continue to offer more fresh grocery items. “Fresh fruit and vegetables are top grocery categories. There’s high demand for the products, and the size of the market is huge. So it makes sense that the drug channel is going after that business,” said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst and VP of the NPD Group.

August 24, 2011


Retailers, expecting thrifty behavior from consumers, are starting the back-to-school season with early promotions. “Retailers are already running door-buster promotions,” said Perry Smith, an analyst with the NPD Group.

August 18, 2011

Those within the mass-market beauty industry are wise not to rest on their laurels, as research indicates that sales of prestige makeup and skin care in U.S. department stores surpassed pre-recession volume in the first half of 2011, according to market research company the NPD Group.

July 5, 2011


Total U.S. beauty sales may be trending similar in the mass and prestige channels but with different drivers, according to market research provider the NPD Group.


June 21, 2011

Back-to-college merchandise is big business. “College students are starting to represent the most important segment of the back-to-school market,” said Perry James, an analyst with the NPD Group. The segment has grown, Perry said, since the weak job market has caused many college seniors to extend their education through graduate school.

March 1, 2011

After years of declines, U.S. prestige beauty experienced a boost in 2010, with skin care proving yet again to be the strongest performer, according to beauty market research conducted by the NPD Group.

February 18, 2011



Following a dismal year 
in 2009, U.S. prestige beauty categories experienced an upswing in 2010 and, judging by the numbers, 2011 looks to be a positive year for prestige beauty.

February 18, 2011

Consumers may have a bit more to spend for the 2011 back-to-school season, so retailers should tweak their merchandise plans to accommodate.


February 1, 2011

Sales of games and puzzles dipped 6% last year to $1.24 billion, according to the NPD Group, but Adrienne Appell, a spokeswoman for the Toy Manufacturers Association, said that as a category, games have held steady over the past few years.

October 24, 2010

Cautious optimism may best describe 2010 holiday sales projections, because even as sales inch toward...

October 18, 2010

Prestige makeup in U.S. department stores is on the rise, marking the first time in...

October 6, 2010

Consumers will approach this holiday shopping season with care, according to the NPD Group....

September 14, 2010

Sales of prestige skin care products gained some steam during the first half of 2010,...

September 13, 2010

Most consumers stick to their lists when buying groceries, according to new research by the...

September 12, 2010

Makeup products with a skin care benefit, such as SPF protection, continue to be of...

August 15, 2010

Overall makeup usage may be down, but makeup products with a skin care benefit continue...

August 4, 2010

The NPD Group found that 38% of consumers polled in its back-to-school spending intentions survey...

June 23, 2010

Consumers are not confident the economy will turn around any time soon and will continue...

June 6, 2010

Attention beauty buyers: Tween girls could be your lottery ticket....

May 11, 2010

Although kids continue to eat fresh fruit for snack, The NPD Group is reporting that...

May 2, 2010

Tween girls are using more beauty products and represent an "opportunity," according to a new...

March 23, 2010

The economy took its toll on U.S. prestige beauty in 2009, but there were a...

January 26, 2010

The U.S. prestige beauty industry experienced a 6% decline in dollar sales during 2009, according...

September 1, 2009

Findings from market research firm The NPD Group that U.S. prestige beauty sales took a...

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