December 31, 2015

2015 Holiday Wrap-Up

Good news for both retailers and e-tailers alike: shoppers spent more during the 2015 holiday season than in 2014, both online and offline. Average brick-and-mortar spend per buyer reached $1,221—an increase of $88 from the 2014 holiday. And average online holiday spend per buyer reached $418 from November 1 through December 26—an increase of $7...




December 31, 2015

The quick and the good: Trends and forecasts in the QSR market

NPD foodservice expert Maria Bertoch dives deep into the European quick-service restaurant market in an article in Propel Quarterly. “Despite fragile economic growth, the migrant crisis and high unemployment in some countries, 2015 marked a turning point with customers coming back to quick service restaurant (QSR) outlets in four of the ‘Big 5’ E...




December 20, 2015

How Far Along Are Shoppers in Their Holiday Shopping?

Since mid-September, our partner, CivicScience, has been polling U.S. adult consumers on their holiday shopping progress. Retailers’ sales offerings that launched earlier in November provided some incentive for consumers to start shopping sooner. As of the first week in November, 30 percent of adult holiday shoppers had started purchasing gifts....




November 2, 2015

The Top 5 Things People Hate Most About Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping is full of highs and lows. We set out to investigate what drives shoppers crazy, and how to avoid these pitfalls. In an online poll conducted from October 1, 2015 through October 27, 2015, our partner,CivicScience, asked 2,323 U.S. adults age 18 and older what they dislike most when it comes to holiday shopping in stores. Here were...




September 29, 2015

Office Supplies Industry Scorecard

The U.S. office supplies industry enjoyed sales of $23.8 billion in the 12 months ending in June 2015—a YOY increase of 2 percent. Online purchases reached $1.4 billion, and grew at a much faster rate—19 percent—compared to brick-and-mortar sales (1.1 percent). ...




September 19, 2015

Commercial Foodservice Industry Scorecard

The U.S. commercial foodservice industry experienced sales of $440.1 billion in the 12 months ending in June 2015—a YOY increase of 3.1 percent. Though offline expenses predominantly account for these figures (98.1 percent), online sales have increased by 11 percent—threefold the rate of offline growth. This is a reflection of the increasing role ...




September 9, 2015

Footwear Industry Scorecard

It’s been a strong year for footwear, which reached total sales of $64 billion in the 12 months ending in June 2015—a YOY increase of 5 percent. Sneakers were the top-performing category, generating $1.2 billion in sales and responsible for 38 percent of the footwear industry’s growth. Nike, Skechers, Vans, Brand Jordan, and Under Armour stood out ...




September 1, 2015

Apparel Industry Scorecard

It’s been a healthy year for the apparel industry, which enjoyed $214.2 billion in total channel sales in the 12 months ending in June 2015—a YOY increase of 2.8 percent. What drove that growth? In case you missed it, we’re in the midst of an activewear golden age. Consumers want to dress in a way that supports a healthy lifestyle, and this has ...



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