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  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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%…