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  • Playground Equipment Harbors More Germs than Port-o-Potties

    Sixty-four percent of the public mistakenly believes that a public restroom doorknob has more germs than an ATM, according to a telephone survey of 1000 people by Gojo Industries, Akron, OH. Also, only 9% of survey respondents correctly identified pl…
    11.22.05

  • Playtex Shops For Buyers Of Brands

    Playtex Products is shopping for buyers of its many brands, such as Banana Boat sunscreens and Woolite carpet cleaners, after failing to sell the company as a whole, according to reports. Experts blame the $828 million debt accrued from buying such b…
    11.22.05

  • Pesticide Demand To Exceed $8 Billion In 2008

    After years of decline, U.S. demand for pesticide active ingredients is expected to grow 1.3% a year to reach $8.1 billion in 2008, according to the “Pesticides” study by The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, OH. Gains are expected to improve i…
    11.22.05

  • Nail Care Industry: More Than $6.5 Billion

    For an average of $15 a visit, more women are getting their nails done. Overall the nail care market was estimated to total more than $6.5 billion in 2003, up 67% from a decade ago, according to Nails magazine. Experts said factors that have influenc…
    11.22.05

  • Hispanic Mothers Value Expert Opinions

    Brands recommended by doctors, brands that speak to moms and brands that give back to the community most influence Hispanic mothers when they shop for their families, according to “The U.S. Hispanic mom market” by Packaged Facts, New York…
    11.22.05

  • Personal Care Wipes to Grow 6% by 2008

    Personal care wipes are one of the fastest growing wipe segments in North America and are worth more than half a billion a year in sales, according to “The expanding nonwoven wipes business in North America and Europe—market outlook from…
    11.22.05

  • Menís Hair Grooming Varies by Age, Region and Type

    Most men are diligent about hair grooming above the neck, such as 83% for head hair and 56% for the ears and nose, according to the “Wahl’s 2004 grooming” survey by Wahl Clipper Corp., Sterling, IL. Of the 20% of men who admit to gr…
    11.22.05

  • New Horizons Set for Lake George, NY, Sept. 19-22

    The New Horizons 2004 conference, entitled “Changing strategies in changing times,” will be held Sept. 19-22 at the Sagamore Resort, Lake George, NY. Sponsored by the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) and the Consumer Specialty…
    11.22.05

  • Dental Product Demand To Top $16 Billion In 2008

    Dental product demand in the U.S. is expected to grow 5.9% a year to $16 billion in 2008, according to Cleveland-based Freedonia Group in its “Dental products and materials” report. Moving from reparative procedures to aesthetics, the pro…
    11.22.05

  • Coty Beauty U.S. Captures Three Honors at FiFis: Top Fragrance Honors Awarded At FiFis

    The Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi awards, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on June 9, announced winners in prestige, direct-sell and mass market categories. • Nouveau riche women’s: Narciso Rodriguez for Her (Beaute P…
    11.15.05

  • More Baby Boomers Patronize Warehouse Clubs

    Thirty-five percent of baby boomers make four or more shopping trips a week, up from 22% in 2002, according to WSL Strategic Retail, Inc., New York in the “How America Shops 2004” study of 800 consumers. The research firm said people of a…
    11.15.05

  • Hand Washing Improves Health In Pakistan

    Household hand washing with soap reduced diarrhea illnesses by about 50%, according to study conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by Procter & Gamble and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Regular soap and antibacterial soap we…
    11.15.05

  • Department Stores Regain Appeal

    Department stores have gained popularity through appealing store designs, according to WSL Strategic Retail’s “The Edge of Retailing.” Stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Soho, New York, and Apple, San Francisco, double as tourist…
    11.15.05

  • African-American Womenís Spending Power To Top $342 Billion By 2006

    The 19 million African-American women in the U.S. are expected to grow their spending power 32% from $259 billion in 2001 to $342 billion in 2006, according the “Power of the African-American female consumer (update No. 2)” report by The…
    11.15.05

  • Shopping Habits Are Similar Among Ethnic Groups

    Caucasians, African-Americans and Hispanics all rated Wal-Mart as the No. 1 most frequented store according to the “Simultaneous Media Usage” survey of 12,000 consumers by BIGresearch, Worthington, OH. However, BIGresearch reported Africa…
    11.15.05

  • Nail Fungus Apparent in Half of Americans

    More than 52% of respondents report nail fungus or infection symptoms, according to a survey of 830 Americans for Alva-Amco, Niles, IL. Half of the respondents share nail-grooming tools with others. Researchers said nail infections are often spread f…
    11.15.05

  • Consumer Expectations Are Changing

    Customer loyalty expectations shifted dramatically from 2003 to 2004, according to results from The 2004 Brand Keys Loyalty Index by Brand Keys, New York, NY. Seventy-seven percent of the 32 categories changed. Brand Keys said the shift was most nota…
    11.15.05

  • Hygiene Hypothesis Discredited By IFH

    The “hygiene hypothesis” is not justified in blaming cleaning and hygiene for an increase in allergies according to a study by London-based International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH). The IFH reported “no evidence that cle…
    11.15.05

  • Fragrance Sales Brighten Motherís Day

    Unlike declining sales of the past three years, reports showed low-single-digit gains in women’s prestige fragrance sales around Mother’s Day in May. Many retailers attributed the sales rise to classic fragrances such as Chanel No.5, Eter…
    11.15.05

  • In-Shower Body Lotions Preferred

    Three-quarters of test subjects consider new in-shower body lotion technology to be better than traditional out-of-shower body lotions, according to study by Procter & Gamble’s Olay. Also, 92% of dermatologists said the warm and wet conditi…
    11.15.05