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  • Santa Boosts Fragrance Sales

    Executives from Federated Merchandising said sales picked up in the last days before Christmas, surpassing the stores’ estimated fragrance and color sales for the period. The brands with the greatest revenues before Christmas included Est&eacut…
    11.14.05

  • Popcorn on Family

    Only 51% of households are married-couple households and marketers are missing out on opportunities to advertise to non-traditional families, said Faith Popcorn, founder of marketing consulting firm Brain Reserve, in an interview with The Wall Street…
    11.14.05

  • U.S. Household Product Sales Top $14 Billion

    The U.S. market bought the most household products in 2002 with sales of $14 billion, according to the “Surfactants for consumer products-North America forecast to 2010” by Colin A. Houston & Associates (CAHA), Inc., Brewster, NY. Thi…
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  • Purse Strings Still Tight for Low Income Consumers

    Only 18% of women said the economy has improved in the past six months, according to the “Hard facts of shopper confidence” Pulse survey by WSL Marketing, New York. Two-thirds of all shoppers are being more cautious about their spending.…
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  • Flavor and Fragrance Demand to Hit $4.4 Billion

    Demand for flavor and fragrance manufacturing in the U.S. will grow 3.5% a year to reach $4.4 billion in 2007, according The Freedonia Group’s “Flavors & Fragrances” study. This will be driven by consumer interest in natural and…
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  • Cosmetic Foot Surgery May Not Lighten Your Step

    The recent rise in cosmetic foot surgery is very risky, according to medical professionals. Some surgeries include shortening of toes, narrowing of feet and injecting the fat pad with collagen to alter the appearance of feet and enable them to fit be…
    11.14.05

  • Spa Patronage Grows Among Men and Women

    Twenty-one percent of Americans say they have visited at least one type of spa during the past 12 months, with both women and men expressing interest in treatments and products, according to data from the International Spa Association. ISA also sa…
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  • NSF Promotes Good Handwashing Practices

    NSF International, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, launched its new Clean Hands Across America initiative in December. The campaign kicked off during National Handwashing Week, Dec. 7-13, 2003. Clean Hands Across America aims to e…
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  • Blacks are An Untapped Beauty Market

    African-Americans spend about $6 billion on health and beauty aids annually, 11.2% more than the general market, according to studies by the Hunter-Miller Group, Chicago. This makes African-Americans a golden opportunity in the health and beauty aids…
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  • Demand for Containers in The U.S. is Growing

    Demand in the U.S. for cosmetic and toiletry containers is expected to grow 2.6% a year to 23 billion units in 2007. “Cosmetic and Toiletry Containers,” a report from The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, noted that the strongest prospects…
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  • Northeast Shoppers Choose

    l Consumers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be opting for convenience over price and value for the holidays, according to a survey from consultant company Deloitte. Deloitte surveyed 933 lower New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut…
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  • Social Acceptance of Cosmetic Surgery

    A nationwide survey released released at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual meeting revealed that cosmetic surgery is gaining acceptance among Americans. According to the results of the survey, 91% of Americans said that cosmetic…
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  • U.S. Manufacturers Are Helped by Mail

    While many U.S. retailers continue to increase their off-shore product sourcing, mail order marketing companies are searching for products made in America, according to the Catalog Age Benchmark report on merchandising. According to the report, the…
    11.14.05

  • Color Pigments Workshop

    The Color Pigments Manufacturers Asso-ciation (CPMA) will present “Pigment Solutions Critical to Success,” a three-day conference and workshop program, at the Hotel InterContinental in Chicago, April 20-22. The conference is co-sponsored…
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  • Pain Sufferers

    l More people than ever are turning to massage therapy to manage pain, according to a consumer survey by the American Massage Therapy Associa-tion (AMTA). The survey shows that 47% of those polled have had a massage specifically for pain relief or…
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  • Woodward and Stratton

    l Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor of the Washington Post and co author of nine best-selling nonfiction books and Hal Stratton, Consumer Products Safety Commision’s (CPSC) chairman, will be keynote speakers at the 90th annual CSPA meetin…
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  • Cholo Culture is The Next Wave In

    According to the Zandl Group, New York, NY, the new “cholo culture” is the new millennium’s answer to the rap/hip hop culture of the 1980s. “Cholo,” which comes from gang culture, gives it authenticity and makes it hardc…
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  • Lee Scott,

    H. Lee Scott Jr., Wal-Mart president and chief executive officer, will speak at the CTFA 2004 annual meeting on Feb. 27. The meeting runs Feb. 25-28 at the Boca Raton resort and club, Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Scott will be featured at the morning general…
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  • Dermatologist Brands Threaten

    According to a new study from Kline & Company, Little Falls, NJ, there’s growing concern among skin care marketers about competition from new dermatologist brands. The study, The U.S. Professional Skin Care Market 2003, observed that market…
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  • Are You Metrosexual?

    “These traditional marketers are trying to disarm the dermatologist brands by beating them at their own game,” Ms. Contreras said, “and the professional skin care brands are now seeing competition from both sides.” l Marketin…
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