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  • Luxury Spending

    March 9, 2006
    Consumers’ spending on luxury goods is growing at a modest rate, while spending on experiences is booming. According to Unity Marketing’s Unity Luxury Consumer Survey, the average amount spent by an affluent household on luxuries—in…


  • Industrial Wipes Market Larger Than Expected

    March 9, 2006
    The North American consumer and industrial/institutional market for wipes is much larger than previously understood, benefiting from an unprecedented five-year period of double-digit growth. This is just one of the findings of a recently completed st…


  • Skin Care Products Generated Sales of More Than

    February 14, 2006
    In the past few years, skin care has become the most talked about category in the beauty industry. According to a new report from The NPD Group, skin care products generated sales of more than $5.3 billion in the mass and prestige department store ch…


  • Smart organic Shopping Saves

    February 14, 2006
    The February 2006 issue of Consumer Reports provides shoppers tips on buying organic without breaking the bank. The investigation finds that shoppers do not need to buy organic foods across the board to get added health value. The article tells shopp…


  • Making Shopping Fun is Key to

    February 14, 2006
    People who like to shop also shop more often and spend more money, according to Unity Marketing. Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing, said the key for success in retailing is to understand what makes shopping fun and making the shopping experi…


  • Demand For Cosmetics Jumps 11%

    January 10, 2006
    l The demand for cosmetics in the U.S. is expected to increase by 11% per year, reaching $7 billion in 2008, according to Intertech-Pira. Skin care products are projected to account for over 60% of the total cosmetics market, over half of which claim…


  • U.S. Flavors and Fragrances

    January 10, 2006
    Driven by demand for aromatherapy products, the U.S. flavors and fragrances market is expected to reach $4.6 billion by 2009. Flavors & Fragrances, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm, p…


  • Consumers Have Positive View

    January 10, 2006
    The Changes in U.S. Milk Consumption/New Milk Products study conducted by BuzzBack Market Research was developed in partnership with the Dairy Management Inc. (American Dairy Association, National Dairy Council and U.S. Dairy Export Council) and Dair…


  • U.S. Cosmetic Enhancement Market To Grow 9.9%: U.S. Market For Enhancement Products To Reach $10.8 Billion In 2010

    December 9, 2005
    The U.S. market for prosthetics, orthotics and cosmetic enhancement products is expected to increase from $6.8 billion in 2005 to $10.8 billion in 2010, an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 9.9%, according to a soon-to-be-released report RB-216 Pr…


  • Rapid Growth and Expansion of Dollar Stores Could Pose Obstacles

    December 9, 2005
    High growth and geographic expansion will continue to characterize the small format value retailing sector during the next five years. Leading companies will continue to get bigger, and smaller players will find it tougher to compete. However, the pi…


  • Are Your Products Worth It?

    December 9, 2005
    In the 2004 How America Shops Macro Trend Report, 59% of shoppers reported they pause before they spend to consider, “Is this a good use of my money?” The Pulse survey reports that cosmetics and skin care brands sold in specialty and dep…


  • Demand Expected To Reach $6.4 Billion By 2009

    December 9, 2005
    U.S. demand for janitorial equipment and supplies (excluding chemical products) is forecast to rise 3.4% annual through 2009, reaching $6.4 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. The study reports that advances will be fueled by…


  • Scent Diffusers Sweeten Profits

    December 9, 2005
    New, innovative fiffuser products brought a fresh wave of profits to the home fragrance market for 2004, according to a market study by Kline & Company. “Home Fragrances USA 2004” reported an exceptional year for diffusers and room sp…


  • Five Tips For An Effective Work Environment

    December 9, 2005
    Are you an effective leader? It’s easy to tell, according to Gerald D. Bell, Ph.D., a leadership expert and professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Through years of research, Dr. Bell discovered a way leaders can measure the eff…


  • Consumers Short Term Focus Boosts Sales

    December 9, 2005
    Retail Forward’s recent audio forum, “The Retail Industry Outlook—Long Live the Consumer,” reported the retail environment is being driven by the “nearsighted consumer,” whose short-term focus will continue to boos…