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  • 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%…


  • Surfactants Congress Set For Berlin ICC, June 20-23: More than 1,500 sq. Meters of Exhibits will be Featured

    November 15, 2005
    The sixth annual World Surfactants Congress, organized by CESIO Berlin, will be held June 20-23 at the Internationales Congress Centrum (ICC), Berlin, Germany. The show will feature 1,500 square meters of technical exhibitions for suppliers and servi…


  • Skin Pigmentation Affects Millions

    November 15, 2005
    Millions of Americans experience a skin pigmentation disorder at some point in their lives, according to the Skin Pigmentation Knowledge Center (SPKC), New York, during the first ever Skin Pigmentation Awareness Week, April 26-May 3. The most common…


  • Age 7 Said Best For Initial Ad Exposure

    November 15, 2005
    Most professionals who work in youth-related fields feel it is appropriate to begin marketing to children at age 7, according to results from Harris Interactive/Kid Power Poll of Youth Marketers. This is before they can view advertising critically (a…


  • U.S. Consumers Give Retailers Poor Grades

    November 15, 2005
    American consumers are tough to please, according to a monthly Pulse survey report by WSL Strategic Retail, New York. Retailers consistently receive a grade “D,” or 66%, for pleasing shoppers. The results are better than insurance compani…


  • Kline Sees Sunny Days Ahead for Home Fragrance

    November 15, 2005
    Product sales in the home fragrance market have rebounded after 24 months of uncertainty, according to Little Falls, NJ-based Kline & Company’s “Home Fragrances USA 2003” market study. Results pointed to strong performances by c…