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Remote Working and Learning Have Led to Unprecedented Growth in the Consumer Technology Industry in Canada, but will the Momentum Last This Holiday Season?

It’s no secret that the holiday season is one of the most important times of the year for electronics spending in Canada. While 2020 has certainly presented its fair share of challenges for retail in general, consumer technology is well positioned to finish the year off strong. For the year to date ending October 2020 total technology sales are 20% ahead of last year.

Nov 18, 2020
B2B Technology
Distribution's Role in Helping Drive Digital Transformation

Distribution continues to play a vital role as the engine of the channel and will be an important area of focus as we head into 2021.

Nov 10, 2020
Beauty
The Most Magical Time of Year for Fragrance

Fragrance sets, perfume/cologne, and home scents are poised to sell well this holiday season. Read more about fragrance's place on holiday shopping lists.

Oct 30, 2020
Sports
Sneakernomics: U.S. Athletic Footwear & Apparel Q3 Results

For the quarter, athletic footwear sales in the U.S. declined in the mid-singles while activewear grew in the low single-digits. Read Matt Powell's recap here.

Dreaming of a DIY Kind of Holiday

The consumer’s newly expanded interest in DIY projects builds opportunity for home improvement-related holiday gifts and self-spending at retail this season.

What the Future of Work Means for B2B

The commercial office supplies and B2B technology channel saw challenges this spring as schools and office buildings closed amid the pandemic. We’re sharing unique perspectives on what's ahead from Leen Nsouli, NPD’s office supplies analyst, and Mike Crosby, NPD’s B2B technology analyst.

Sneakernomics: Sports Retail Holiday 2020 Expectations

How will athletic footwear sales fare? Will bikes and home fitness equipment sales maintain their momentum? Matt Powell outlines his holiday expectations here

Changes in Lifestyle Drive Shifts in Holiday Purchasing for Footwear & Accessories

Fashion footwear and accessories categories that align with consumers’ current lifestyles will emerge as winners this holiday season.

Oct 16, 2020
Beauty
Where to Find Beauty this Holiday Season

There are several key prestige beauty markers we are watching in the U.S. that will have an impact on holiday spending and beyond.

Home for the Holidays, Like Never Before

Appliance and housewares growth this holiday shopping season will be driven by consumers' increased time at home, and the resulting expansion of basic needs.

Oct 14, 2020
Apparel
Apparel Stays Home for the Holidays

Connecting through the theme of “home” will be apparel’s best approach to a very different selling season.

Eating Patterns in America Take a Sharp Turn

In mid-March, the daily rhythms of our lives were suddenly disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak and that includes our eating patterns.

Oct 12, 2020
Video Games
U.S. Video Game Spending This Holiday Projected to Reach a Record $13.4 Billion

The surge in player count and engagement, combined with reduced spending in experiential gifting should combine to result in more available holiday dollars for video game products and services in the U.S.

Oct 12, 2020
Toys
Christmas on Zoom? Really?

NPD’s global toys industry analyst’s take on sales around the holiday season.

COVID Changed Retail. Will Prime Days Change Holiday?

Prime Days are surrounded by completely different dynamics, and looking to make their mark on retail, and the 2020 holiday season in a new way.

Sep 30, 2020
Toys
Holiday 2020 and The U.S. Toy Industry

NPD’s toy industry advisor on market dynamics, challenges, and opportunities that she thinks will affect the outcome of the toy industry’s performance through the end of the year.

Sep 29, 2020
Beauty
Creating Normalcy

As consumers seek to create their own normal, returning to former beauty routines can play a comforting role in that journey.

Sep 24, 2020
B2B Technology
SMB Reemergence Critical to Post-COVID Economy

NPD's B2B Industry Analyst, Mike Crosby, takes a look at industries and regions hit hardest by the pandemic, as well as what SMB's will need to focus on post-COVID.

Verizon Steps Up; Buys Tracfone

While the Verizon/Tracfone deal will certainly increase pressure on T-Mobile and AT&T, the biggest impact may be felt by Dish, which now owns the Boost Mobile brand. Hear more from NPD's Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, on the deal.

Sep 15, 2020
Food Consumption
A Fix for Coffee

One of the key things that makes the Canadian foodservice market so unique, also makes the market so vulnerable during these unusual times.

Sep 14, 2020
B2B Technology
Data Center Evolution

Hear from NPD's B2B Technology industry analyst, Mike Crosby, regarding the latest data center ecosystem sales and trends.

The Computer is Personal Again

NPD Industry Advisor, Stephen Baker, takes a look at the U.S. consumer PC market following a momentous week - and first half - and shares insights around what is to come.

Will Holiday 2020 Be Another COVID-19 Retail Casualty?

Holiday 2020 will be as unpredictable as the months leading up to it, but the season's spirit of giving will drive consumer spending, and new ways of shopping.

Aug 31, 2020
Books
The U.S. Book Market: Strong Summer Sales Continue in August

The U.S. book market is on track to have one of its best years since NPD BookScan started tracking book data in 2004.

Aug 31, 2020
B2B Technology
The Future of B2B Printing

What can the print industry do to thrive in a post-COVID world? Read on for thoughts from NPD's B2B Technology analyst, Mike Crosby.

Aug 25, 2020
Sports
Sneakernomics: Second Half Predictions for U.S. Sports Retail

Matt Powell outlines his expectations for the holiday season and second half of the year.

Aug 21, 2020
Foodservice
The State of UK’s Foodservice Industry

There is evidence of an encouraging recovery in the British out-of-home foodservice market

Back-to-School 2020 Remains a Multiple Choice Question

Footwear and backpacks are back-to-school staples, but purchase decisions will be made through a very different lens this year.

Aug 6, 2020
B2B Technology
As The Bell Rings: K-12 Education and Technology Post-COVID

NPD’s B2B Technology analyst, Mike Crosby, takes a look at COVID’s impact on education spending.

Aug 4, 2020
Foodservice
Now More Than Ever, Local Means Business

During COVID-19 crisis, Canadian consumers are being encouraged to buy local and support local independent restaurants, food suppliers, farmers, or suppliers.

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