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Jan 18, 2019
Foodservice
In 2018, Russian Consumers Sought Value When Dining Out

In Russia, throughout most of 2018 there was a noticeable shift in consumer behavior around eating out, with the average individual check in foodservice was virtually flat compared to the same time period in 2017, while the average price per item on the menu increased.

Fashion Footwear & Accessories: Keeping Up the Momentum in 2019

2018 was an impressive year for the U.S. fashion footwear market—its strongest performance in recent years—and most accessories categories saw improved sales results. Though at a slower pace, footwear’s momentum will likely continue, and the accessories market will continue to level out. The most significant trends to watch will be an amplification of the familiar, including athleisure, comfortability, online’s growth and social/environment concerns.

Jan 17, 2019
Automotive
Automotive Aftermarket Forecast for 2019

Nathan Shipley outlines the opportunities as well as challenges for the automotive aftermarket industry this year. NPD forecasts that the industry will see little to no growth in 2019. The biggest factors driving this forecast include a combination of our outlook on miles driven (flat to slightly positive), our forecast for product pricing on the shelf (continuing to increase in the 5 percent range), and Moody’s 2019 forecast for the consumer price index for new and used cars (falling).

Jan 11, 2019
Beauty
Beauty Outlook for 2019

In beauty, we have seen stress-reducing ingredients like adaptogens, healing crystals and CBD emerge as some of the breakout stars of 2018. The coming year will see areas of growth within each U.S. prestige beauty category, but recession fears may slow the performance of the total market as consumers make the move to more careful consumption.

Born To Be Wired

NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, reflects on how the wearables market is starting to move beyond the old anchor products of fitness trackers and smartwatches, and into new categories.

Jan 7, 2019
Sports
Sneakernomics: Nobody Wins a Race to the Bottom

According to Matt Powell, Holiday 2017 was the most promotional on record for the U.S. sports industry – that is, until Holiday 2018. Powell says we need to return the industry to one of aspiration and inspiration, or we face the risk of running a race to the bottom; and that’s a race nobody wins. A new year brings new opportunity to change course.

When Walls Start To Crack

NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, provides analysis of the latest news from Apple.

What Sells? What’s New?

Women’s watches are outperforming their male counterparts for the first time in history, and the market opportunity lies in the hands of new introductions.

Jan 3, 2019
Foodservice
Eating Trends in 2019

Sluggish growth will continue in the food and foodservice industries in 2019. In order to grow, food companies, grocers, foodservice distributors and operators must align with changes in consumption patterns, be leaders in creating customer solutions, and be differentiated in product innovation, quality, experience, and execution.

Jan 2, 2019
Apparel
2019 - A Year of Preparation

2019 will be the bridge to awaited transformations of a new decade, and there are six key strategies that retail and the fashion industry will need to focus on.

Dec 20, 2018
Foodservice
Are 3rd Party Restaurant Apps Too Restrictive?

Most common uses for apps like Grubhub/Seamless, UberEATS, and DoorDash are looking up items, paying for meals, and checking prices. While branded restaurant apps see special offers and loyalty rewards as their top uses. Are loyalist restaurant users short-changed using third-party apps?

Dec 18, 2018
Apparel
It’s the Most Influenced Time of the Year…

Consumer use of social media to keep up with fashions, bolstered by the growth in online holiday shopping, is playing a big role in the apparel industry.

Dec 18, 2018
Toys
The Pressure is Building

NPD Group’s global toys industry analyst, Frederique Tutt, gives her take on the perils of waiting until the last minute to complete holiday toy shopping.

Dec 18, 2018
Books
Foodies and Homebodies Rejoice – This Holiday Season is All About Lifestyle Books

Market research company, The NPD Group’s Allison Risbridger provides her expectations for books sales in the U.S. over the holidays

Hooking Them Young(er)

NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, looks at the opportunity for carriers to acquire new subscribers through kid-friendly plans.

Breaking Down Black Friday

In 2017 the 2 weeks of Black Friday/Cyber Monday posted a decline of -3 per cent across the fashion industry in Canada as buying visits (both online and in-store) experienced declines. In an attempt to reverse this trend, this year we saw promotions starting as early as the first week of November.

Data Corruption

What will it take to make smart cities a reality? Collaboration. See more in this blog by NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold.

Nov 29, 2018
Office Supplies
A Creativity-Inspired Holiday Season

The holiday season presents consumers with a perfect opportunity to get in touch with their creative side – a behavior that bodes well for the office supplies market. Several arts, crafts, and traditional supplies categories tied to ornament decorating, homemade décor, and other trends will be top industry performers this holiday.

Nov 27, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Hot Topics at the Outdoor Retailer Show

At Outdoor Retailer’s first ever November show, Matt Powell put a different spin on his industry trend breakfast. Here are some the questions and common themes he identified as being top of mind for folks in the industry.

Nov 26, 2018
Watches Jewelry
Watches Gear Up for Happy Holidays

The watch category registered its highest first-half sales in three years, with sales up eight percent versus last year. The back half of the year is generally larger than the first, so we are bullish on this peak holiday season once again bringing a strong finish to 2018.

Nov 26, 2018
Foodservice
The Grocery Center of Store Is Growing Again

After years of being held back by the health-focused “fresh” movement that kept more consumers in the perimeter of the store, the grocery center of the store is growing again. The consumer spoke and frozen and packaged foods manufacturers, whose products are located in the center of store, started listening.

Black Friday Through the Eyes of NPD’s Industry Advisors

NPD’s industry advisors hit the stores over Black Friday weekend. See their observations on store traffic, what was hot, consumer sentiment, and more.

Nov 21, 2018
Food Consumption
Health Goes Tribal

In today’s world of social media and blogging, consumers are seeking their echo chambers of health the same way they use them for lifestyles and politics. They’re finding niche or individualized plans that meet their own specific goals, as opposed to plans that work for the average person.

Nov 19, 2018
Home , Appliances
How Home Will Heat Up Holiday Again in 2018

Last year's momentum continues, and like Instant Pot, the hottest home products this holiday will center around convenience, entertaining, and innovation.

Nov 15, 2018
Video Games
Gotta Catch Them All – Pokémon Expands its Console Market by Engaging Mobile

Video games analyst, Mat Piscatella, from market research company The NPD Group offers his thoughts on the impact that the Pokemon franchise has had on the industry, across mobile, console and portable platforms, and where he thinks it’s heading.

Tis the Season to Accessorize

Innovative products addressing versatility and personalization will be among those behind the biggest fashion accessory sellers this holiday season.

Nov 15, 2018
Apparel
Cozy Christmas Predictions

Casual and furry, sweaters, pajamas and more - all hot products in the fashion industry that evoke the feeling of cozy warmth that will be hot this holiday.

Nov 14, 2018
Footwear
A Fashionable and Functional Holiday for Footwear

Fashion sneakers and boots are positioned to sell well this holiday season, as are the brands and retailers that speak to the consumer priorities of comfort, coziness, convenience and versatility. Beth Goldstein outlines the trends and her expectations for the footwear industry this holiday.

Nov 14, 2018
Retail
Timing is Everything This Holiday

Early promotions and Super Saturday's return mean the ‘when’ will play as much of a role in driving this holiday's retail trends as the 'what'.

Nov 13, 2018
Beauty
Merry and Bright for Beauty

With over a week until Thanksgiving, the holiday season is already in high gear. Given the huge success of the U.S. beauty market last holiday, what can we expect from this one?

Nov 13, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: U.S. Team Sports Equipment Q3 Recap

After what was a solid first half of 2018 for the U.S. team sports equipment market, sales slowed in the third quarter. Matt Powell recaps how sales fared for baseball, golf, soccer, and other sports equipment products in Q3.

Foldables Are Coming

Will foldable smartphones give consumers a reason to lust after a new device or will ever-increasing costs become a barrier? See thoughts from Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold regarding the latest innovation.

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