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  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Personal Care Wipes to Grow 6% by 2008

    November 22, 2005
    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…


  • Mens Hair Grooming Varies by Age, Region and Type

    November 22, 2005
    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…


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

    November 22, 2005
    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…


  • Dental Product Demand To Top $16 Billion In 2008

    November 22, 2005
    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…


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

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • More Baby Boomers Patronize Warehouse Clubs

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Hand Washing Improves Health In Pakistan

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Department Stores Regain Appeal

    November 15, 2005
    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…


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

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • 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…


  • 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…