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  • Hispanic Mothers Value Expert Opinions

    November 22, 2005
    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…


  • Nail Care Industry: More Than $6.5 Billion

    November 22, 2005
    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…


  • Pesticide Demand To Exceed $8 Billion In 2008

    November 22, 2005
    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…


  • Playtex Shops For Buyers Of Brands

    November 22, 2005
    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…


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

    November 22, 2005
    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…


  • Cosmetic-Aesthetic Medicine Market Reaches $12 Billion

    November 22, 2005
    The $12 billion cosmetic surgery and facial cosmetic rejuvenation market is growing $1 billion a year, according to “Facial cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation markets” by Kalorama Information, New York. More than 15 million procedures will…


  • Buying Power Of Minority Women to Surpass $1 Trillion By 2008

    November 22, 2005
    Ethnic women represent $723 billion in purchasing power, according to a new study by New York-based Packaged Facts. “The U.S. multicultural women market” said the African-American, Asian and Hispanic female population grew 40% between 199…


  • HBA To Honor Leyden with Lifetime Achievement Award: The U Penn Professor Contributed To Advances In Acne

    November 22, 2005
    HBA Health & Beauty America announced that renowned skin care academic Dr. James J. Leyden will receive its Lifetime Achievement award for the advancement of beauty through science. The award will be presented at the third annual industry awards…


  • Kids Play 50% Less Outside

    November 15, 2005
    Since the 1970s, kids have lost 12 hours a week in playtime, including a 50% drop in unstructured outdoor activities and less recess time in 40% of schools, according to Unilever’s “Wisk Active Play” study in 2003. Most mothers (97%…


  • In-Shower Body Lotions Preferred

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Fragrance Sales Brighten Mothers Day

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Hygiene Hypothesis Discredited By IFH

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Consumer Expectations Are Changing

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Nail Fungus Apparent in Half of Americans

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Shopping Habits Are Similar Among Ethnic Groups

    November 15, 2005
    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…