April 25, 2012

Total prestige beauty in China — which is those products sold mainly in department stores and Sephora stores in the top 10 cities in mainland China — rose 21% in 2011 compared with 2010, according to beauty market research by NPD.

April 13, 2012

A recent study by market research company NPD Group found that most men are using some sort of grooming product today, such as shave, hair care and fragrance; however, only 25% of men are currently using facial skin care products.

March 26, 2012

Consumer electronic accessories are a big business, and drug stores increasingly are grabbing more share. In 2011, mobile phone accessories sales totaled $1.24 billion, up 10% from 2010, according to NPD Group.


March 26, 2012

U.S. prestige beauty posted its highest sales results in 15 years, with all beauty categories surpassing pre-recession levels, according to market research firm NPD Group.

March 8, 2012

Sales of facial anti-aging skin care products at mass have been on the down slope. According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of facial anti-aging products slipped 4.2% during the 12 weeks ended Jan. 22 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


February 8, 2012

While many men report using some sort of grooming product, there still is a significant opportunity in facial skin care for men, according to a new study by market research firm NPD Group.

February 3, 2012

NPD Group is expanding its portfolio of solution-oriented products and services by acquiring data from Walmart's U.S. stores and website.

February 1, 2012

The total U.S. prestige beauty industry experienced an 11% increase in dollar sales during 2011, according to market research company The NPD Group, with skin care and fragrance sold in U.S. department stores posting double-digit gains.

January 25, 2012

Sales of craft kits and art supplies “remain strong with a slight uptick,” according to Adrienne Appell, a spokeswoman for the Toy Industry Association.

December 12, 2011

Beauty market research company the NPD Group recently reported that total prestige makeup dollar sales in U.S. department stores were on the rise during the first 10 months of 2011, and gift sets proved to be no exception.

December 1, 2011

Prestige makeup sales experienced growth during the first 10 months of the year, with the nail segment coming out a winner all around with a $50-plus increase in both nail enamel and top/base coats, according to beauty market research conducted by the NPD Group.

October 19, 2011

Lip color has its groove back. According to data from SymphonyIRI Group, lipstick sales at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) rose about 3% to $70.6 million for the 12 weeks ended Sept. 4.


October 19, 2011

Drug stores continue to offer more fresh grocery items. “Fresh fruit and vegetables are top grocery categories. There’s high demand for the products, and the size of the market is huge. So it makes sense that the drug channel is going after that business,” said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst and VP of the NPD Group.

August 24, 2011


Retailers, expecting thrifty behavior from consumers, are starting the back-to-school season with early promotions. “Retailers are already running door-buster promotions,” said Perry Smith, an analyst with the NPD Group.

August 18, 2011

Those within the mass-market beauty industry are wise not to rest on their laurels, as research indicates that sales of prestige makeup and skin care in U.S. department stores surpassed pre-recession volume in the first half of 2011, according to market research company the NPD Group.

July 5, 2011


Total U.S. beauty sales may be trending similar in the mass and prestige channels but with different drivers, according to market research provider the NPD Group.


June 21, 2011

Back-to-college merchandise is big business. “College students are starting to represent the most important segment of the back-to-school market,” said Perry James, an analyst with the NPD Group. The segment has grown, Perry said, since the weak job market has caused many college seniors to extend their education through graduate school.

March 1, 2011

After years of declines, U.S. prestige beauty experienced a boost in 2010, with skin care proving yet again to be the strongest performer, according to beauty market research conducted by the NPD Group.

February 18, 2011



Following a dismal year 
in 2009, U.S. prestige beauty categories experienced an upswing in 2010 and, judging by the numbers, 2011 looks to be a positive year for prestige beauty.

February 18, 2011

Consumers may have a bit more to spend for the 2011 back-to-school season, so retailers should tweak their merchandise plans to accommodate.


February 1, 2011

Sales of games and puzzles dipped 6% last year to $1.24 billion, according to the NPD Group, but Adrienne Appell, a spokeswoman for the Toy Manufacturers Association, said that as a category, games have held steady over the past few years.

October 24, 2010

Cautious optimism may best describe 2010 holiday sales projections, because even as sales inch toward...

October 18, 2010

Prestige makeup in U.S. department stores is on the rise, marking the first time in...

October 6, 2010

Consumers will approach this holiday shopping season with care, according to the NPD Group....