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Color sticks to it

BY Antoinette Alexander

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.


This comes as little surprise as, judging by the many makeup looks on fashion runways, it was evident that lipstick was making a comeback. Furthermore, earlier this year, market research firm NPD Group noted that lip color sales were adding to the recovery of makeup, and Karen Grant, VP and senior industry analyst, said, "as the fashion industry increasingly features bold, as well as understated, lip statements on the runway and in advertisements, lip color appears to be getting its groove back.”

 

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Fall Cosmetics Sell-Through Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Value, demos make up sales in cosmetics

BY Antoinette Alexander

The cosmetics segment has been on the upswing, and the momentum is likely to continue within the mass market as beauty mavens get increasingly thrifty and do their research when it comes to purchasing makeup.


The cosmetics segments for face (up 4%), lips (up 2.7%) and eyes (up 2%) all experienced a lift for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 4 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), according to data from SymphonyIRI Group.


Going forward, it is likely that sales will remain on the upswing as consumers look to get the best value for their money. In fact, a recently released report from Mintel, a supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence, found that 64% of women in the $100,000 to $149,000 income bracket planned to continue buying some store-brand/private-label color cosmetics and some brand-name color cosmetics. This compares with just 50% of women in the $50,000 to $74,000 income bracket, and 48% in the $75,000 to $99,000 income bracket.


In a separate Mintel report, Kat Fay, senior beauty analyst at Mintel, noted, “Women are really starting to do their research when it comes to making cosmetic and skin care purchases. The days where favorite beauty products were simply automatic replacement purchases are gone.”


To further drive sales, retailers and manufacturers shouldn’t underestimate the power of demos. “In addition to recommendations and advertising, shoppers are influenced by in-store cosmetic demos,” Fay said. “Demos show a product in action, teach shoppers how to properly use an item and allow them to ask pertinent questions. Retailers say demos always spur sales.”

 

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Spring Cosmetics Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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ReportersNotebook — Chain Pharmacy, 10/24/11

BY DSN STAFF

SUPPLIER NEWS — The Medicines Co. and generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries have reached a settlement that will allow Teva to start selling a generic version of one of MDCO’s drugs by the end of the decade. The drug makers announced the settlement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, whereby Teva can launch a generic version of the injectable anticoagulant drug Angiomax (bivalirudin) in June 2019.


Under the settlement, Teva admits that two patents covering Angiomax are valid, enforceable and would be infringed by Teva’s generic version. The patents are scheduled to expire in July 2028, according to the Food and Drug Administration. MDCO remains in infringement litigation concerning the drug with generic drug makers APP Pharmaceuticals, Hospira, Mylan and Dr. Reddy’s Labs.



Novo Nordisk
is seeking approval for two new insulin products, the company said. Novo Nordisk announced that it had filed with the Food and Drug Administration for approval of insulin degludec and a co-formulation of insulin degludec and insulin aspart. The products are insulin analogs developed for the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.



Amneal
last month launched its version of an epilepsy treatment. The drug maker said that felbamate tablets are available following approval from the Food and Drug Administration last month. The drug is the first-to-market generic equivalent of Meda Pharmaceuticals’ Felbatol, Amneal said.


The Amneal generic is available in 90-count bottles in 400-mg strength and 90- and 180-count sizes in 600-mg strength, the company said.


Annual U.S. sales of Felbatol totaled $43.7 million, according to IMS Health data.


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