Skin care proved to be the bright spot in the market, as it was the only category showing growth during the first half. Sales rose 2% to $1.2 billion. According to NPD, the first half of 2007 included an extra week in January causing sales to be slightly inflated that year. Without that additional week in 2007, prestige skin care sales would have shown an even healthier performance, the group said.
Premium-priced facial skin care products—those $70 and above—continued to outpace overall prestige skin care, growing 8% to $365.1 million in the first half of 2008, according to NPD.
Makeup sales dropped 2% to $1.6 billion, with sluggish performance in the first quarter. However, a strong April and May pushed second quarter sales up 3%, marking the strongest quarterly dollar performance over the past three years in the U.S.
Prestige fragrance sales fell 3% to $1 billion, according to NPD. More info: www.npd.com