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January 22, 2018

Several Categories Begin 2018 With Positive Momentum After A Successful Holiday 2017

The season’s shopping trends also reveal a shift in the cadence of holiday shopping... [read more]


December 21, 2017

Annual Week Six Holiday Shopping Slump Weighed Down by Declines

The week following Cyber Week, the traditional week six slump, took a deeper dive this year.... [read more]


December 21, 2017

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year – For Headphone Sales

Whether treating yourself or gifting to someone else, increased spending has resulted in stereo headphones historically ranking among top tech sales performers during the holiday season (Oct. – Dec.).... [read more]


December 21, 2017

Retail's Hopes for the Holiday Season

The 2017 holiday season is primed to be a good one for retail, but Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Advisor - Retail at The NPD Group, says it's not for all the right reasons. Consumers are buying a lot of product, but the product is on sale, so margins are stressed. And Americans got a late start to shopping for gifts this year, with earlier activity focused on self-gifting. See how this behavior, paired with the growth of online, have changed the sport of shopping as we once knew it in this Bloomberg interview.... [read more]


December 20, 2017

Familiar Classics Lead Top 10 Holiday Book Sales for 2017

During the holidays, many families like to get cozy, heat up some hot chocolate and snuggle on the couch with a good book.... [read more]


December 14, 2017

A Beauty-full Holiday Season

Walking through the beauty departments of a wide variety of retailers this past week, I was overwhelmed by the choices available to me for gifting beauty.... [read more]


December 14, 2017

Cyber Week Results Turned Out To Be More Virtual Than Reality

Cyber Monday and the week that followed delivered a slight uptick in overall U.S. holiday spending compared to Thanksgiving week declines, however not to the degree that many early reports indicated.... [read more]


December 13, 2017

All I Want for Christmas is a Multi-cooker

Even before the holiday season began sales of multi-cookers were surging, and as of the 12 months ending November 2017, sales have increased 79 percent to more than $300 million,* reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.... [read more]


December 12, 2017

What the Sports Business Can Learn from the Toy Business

The New York Times published a fascinating article a couple days ago on WowWee Brand’s Fingerling toy, one of the hottest toys of the holiday season.... [read more]


December 7, 2017

Crowded Stores and More Online Buyers, But Thanksgiving Week Spending Fell Short

U.S. consumer spending did not match the reports of in-store crowds on Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend this year and, according to NPD’s Checkout e-commerce information, significant increases in online buyer activity translated into mediocre spending increases on the key days.... [read more]


December 6, 2017

Consumers Get Crafty this Holiday Season

The U.S. office supplies industry is no exception to the shopping trends emerging this holiday season, as there are several products trending for holiday crafting, gift giving, and home décor.... [read more]


December 4, 2017

Nearly 40 Percent of Shoppers Will Give the Gift of An Experience This Holiday, Reports NPD

Rather than filling stockings or wrapping packages, many holiday shoppers plan to purchase less tangible gifts this year, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.... [read more]


December 4, 2017

Book Sales Bright for the Holidays, Even as Annual Growth Declines Slightly

While the annual unit sales growth of print books is expected to be slightly weaker this year than in the previous two years, global information company The NPD Group predicts a strong holiday season with 5 percent unit sales growth in the remaining five weeks.... [read more]


December 4, 2017

Cyber Season

I’m just a sample of one, but I witnessed what I thought to be healthy crowds at a suburban New York mall on Black Friday. I also heard from a few others (who braved outlet centers!) that cars were being turned away due to lack of available parking.... [read more]


November 30, 2017

Anticipation of Deep Thanksgiving Week Discounts May Have Driven Consumers to Hold Back

The week before Thanksgiving brought slowed growth for some categories, and steeper declines for others, resulting in a slight overall decline in the third week of November compared to the same week in 2016.... [read more]


November 30, 2017

It’s Dec. 1, So Start Opening Your Advent Calendar of Beauty

To woo holiday shoppers, many beauty brands are pushing something that’s undeniably festive if a bit unexpected: Advent calendars, with miniature products tucked into precisely cut compartments, designed to start unveiling their treasures daily on Friday. “It builds an excitement as to what it is that they’re going to have behind each little door,” said Kissura Craft, a fragrance analyst at the marketing research company The NPD Group.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

Hot Home “Gifts” for Holiday 2017

Home-related products will continue their hot streak during the 2017 holiday season.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

The Gift of Great Skin

Traditionally, skincare has not been the most giftable beauty category. Aside from me, not many dream of opening a holiday present to reveal a cleanser and moisturizer in a pretty package.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

Sneakernomics: Black Friday 2017

As expected, Black Friday 2017 was marked by broader and deeper discounts than last year. Promotions started earlier than last year as well. Most Black Friday deals were available before Thanksgiving.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

Sneakers Left on the Shelf Despite Steep Black Friday Discounts

More shoppers than last year headed to stores to find sneakers and other athletic wear on Black Friday, but they weren’t necessarily buying, according to a report from NPD Vice President Matt Powell emailed to Retail Dive. "Most of the sports doorbusters appeared to be in stock well into the afternoon," Powell wrote.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Got a Bump, But Holiday Sales Are Still Out of Balance

Stores were certainly busier than last year, but from what I saw Thanksgiving and Black Friday were a mixed bag this year.... [read more]


November 25, 2017

Surprise! The Holiday Toys That Keep Givers in the Dark

Mystery and anticipation are the themes in some of the most sought-after toys, as companies take the YouTube unboxing phenomenon to new extremes. With the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas making up one-third of the entire $27 billion toy business, according to Juli Lennett, senior toy analyst at market-research firm The NPD Group, it’s no surprise that toy makers are pushing their own versions of unboxing. ​... [read more]


November 24, 2017

Black Friday, This Year’s New Tradition

NPD technology analyst, Ben Arnold, analyzes shopping on Black Friday instead of Thanksgiving day.... [read more]


November 24, 2017

Consumer Spending Gains Momentum in Early November – But Are They Buying Gifts Yet?

The positive momentum seen in the first week of November 2017 strengthened in the second week. Cumulatively, NPD’s Holiday Shopping Bag shows retail sales for the first two weeks of the season up 6 percent across key general merchandise categories.... [read more]


November 23, 2017

How Black Friday Has Evolved Throughout The Years

Data from cash registers show that Black Friday shopping is growing while Thanksgiving Day sales have declined. Seems like more people prefer to spend today eating turkey, maybe watching football. That's the case with NPR's Sonari Glinton. Here's his story on the evolution of Black Friday, with commentary from NPD's chief retail analyst Marshal Cohen.... [read more]


November 22, 2017

Which Days Will Make or Break Holiday 2017? Retail Can’t Rely on Tradition, Reports NPD

The top shopping days of the year are not what they used to be, especially in stores... [read more]


November 22, 2017

NPD's Cohen Says Holiday Sales Will Be More Like 2015

Marshal Cohen, NPD Group chief industry analyst, discusses the retail landscape with Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu, Joe Weisenthal and Julia Chatterley on "What'd You Miss?" Marshal explains why last year's election year provided retail distraction, and how physical retailers can compete against Amazon this year.... [read more]


November 21, 2017

Let’s Reconsider Discounting Toys for Christmas

Rather than discount toys during Christmas, the industry needs to consider occasions outside of this peak season to generate growth. From Women’s Day to Chinese New Year, there are examples around the globe.... [read more]


November 20, 2017

Fingerlings Are Flying off Shelves and It's Not Hard to See Why

Fingerlings have quickly become one of the most sought-after toys of the year, selling out at major retailers across the country. The toy, manufactured by WowWee, was the second-fastest-selling toy in September of this year, according to The NPD Group. The longevity of the toy and the brand will likely depend on WowWee's ability to deliver new iterations of its monkeys and provide additional accessories alongside its jungle gyms and monkey bars.... [read more]


November 16, 2017

NPD Reports Weekly U.S Results for Holiday 2017 – It’s a Hot Start to the Season for Some

Leading global information provider The NPD Group will once again be reporting U.S. weekly point-of-sale results for key general merchandise categories tracked by the company throughout the holiday season.... [read more]


November 16, 2017

Beyond Early Adopters: Winning the Next Wave of Customers for New Tech Products

While 10 percent rush to buy tech products, retailers must win over the next 40 percent that are on the fence. What combination of inventory selection, pricing, and online vs. offline strategy will work during the holidays? Stephen Baker, NPD's vice president and technology analyst, recommends how manufacturers and retailers should approach each segment to win this holiday season.... [read more]


November 14, 2017

Get the Holiday Glow: Beauty and Skincare Gifts

Beauty products are one of the hot spots in retail, as it's one of the few categories where Millennials want to spend their money. The makeup category has grown by double-digits in December for the last two years, according to market researcher The NPD Group. Particularly popular during holidays is sparkly makeup and sets of mini products. Sales of mini or travel-size prestige makeup products grew by 58 percent through September 2017, according to NPD.... [read more]


November 13, 2017

Beauty Holiday Outlook 2017

Attention is centering on makeup and fragrance this holiday season, as the two highly giftable beauty categories vie to capture the greatest dollar share in the U.S. prestige market.... [read more]


November 8, 2017

It Will Be ‘Best Holiday In Years’ For Consumer Tech, Says Baker

It wouldn’t be Christmas (or Hanukah or Thanksgiving or Black Friday) without Stephen Baker’s lucky 13 pre-holiday predictions​, as can only be foretold by The NPD Group’s resident tech industry analyst and VP. So sit back, take notes and hope Santa will be kind.... [read more]


November 7, 2017

Tis the Season To Be Unique – Apparel Looks To New Shopping Experiences

A good portion of my family members celebrate their birthdays in the fall.... [read more]


November 6, 2017

HomeWorld Business Presents On Point with NPD Forecasting Holiday Housewares

This is the debut episode of a new monthly video series produced by HomeWorld Business featuring housewares retail analytics and insights by Joe Derochowski, home industry analyst for The NPD Group. In this episode, Derochowski serves up his projections for holiday sales growth and key categories to watch during this all-important retail season.... [read more]


November 3, 2017

2017 Baker’s Dozen +1: Stephen Baker’s Annual Holiday Expectations

Industry revenue has turned the corner – 2017 will see the best holiday performance in years, as hot new categories and a stable market deliver positive revenue growth in consumer electronics.... [read more]


November 3, 2017

12 Shopping Predictions for Holiday 2017

Get expectations and recommendations for how consumers will shop this holiday season from NPD’s industry analysts across retail, accessories, apparel, beauty, footwear, home, technology, toys, sports, and video games.... [read more]


October 31, 2017

U.S. Video Game September Results Representative of a Resurgent Console Market

The NPD Group reported US sales of video game products in the month of September grew 39% when compared to a year ago, reaching $1.2B in the month.... [read more]


October 31, 2017

A Mini Holiday in Makeup

For makeup junkies exploring new products, and holiday travelers carrying their makeup must-haves, it’s no surprise many recent makeup launches are capitalizing on the mini trend.... [read more]


October 30, 2017

Sneakernomics: Holiday 2017 Outlook for the Sports Industry

Pun intended, the holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year” for all the major industries it touches yet, at some point in time, chances are each will be struck by a double-edged sword scenario.... [read more]


October 30, 2017

A Holiday First – Procrastination Dwindles As More Shoppers Plan To Start Thanksgiving Weekend

The Holiday 2017 shopping season will be the first when more U.S. consumers will start shopping in the middle of the season (Thanksgiving weekend through Cyber Monday) than will start late in the season (i.e. early December), reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.... [read more]


October 30, 2017

The NPD Group Predicts the U.S. Toy Holiday Hits of 2017

No holiday season is complete without a mad dash by consumers to capture the most desirable toys of the year. Based on velocity, or how fast they are already flying off U.S. shelves, global information company The NPD Group has named the top 10 toys that may be hard to find closer to Christmas.... [read more]


October 27, 2017

Holiday 2017 vs. Holiday 2016: Apples to Apples, or Apples to Oranges?

Every year we talk about how the upcoming holiday season will compare to the prior, but sometimes that isn’t the best comparison to make.... [read more]


October 17, 2017

Online Shoppers Plan to Spend 70 Percent More Than In-Store Shoppers This Holiday, Reports NPD

The rivalry between online and traditional retail will heat up during the 2017 holiday season... [read more]


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January 22, 2018

Several Categories Begin 2018 With Positive Momentum After A Successful Holiday 2017

The season’s shopping trends also reveal a shift in the cadence of holiday shopping... [read more]


December 21, 2017

Annual Week Six Holiday Shopping Slump Weighed Down by Declines

The week following Cyber Week, the traditional week six slump, took a deeper dive this year.... [read more]


December 21, 2017

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year – For Headphone Sales

Whether treating yourself or gifting to someone else, increased spending has resulted in stereo headphones historically ranking among top tech sales performers during the holiday season (Oct. – Dec.).... [read more]


December 20, 2017

Familiar Classics Lead Top 10 Holiday Book Sales for 2017

During the holidays, many families like to get cozy, heat up some hot chocolate and snuggle on the couch with a good book.... [read more]


December 14, 2017

A Beauty-full Holiday Season

Walking through the beauty departments of a wide variety of retailers this past week, I was overwhelmed by the choices available to me for gifting beauty.... [read more]


December 14, 2017

Cyber Week Results Turned Out To Be More Virtual Than Reality

Cyber Monday and the week that followed delivered a slight uptick in overall U.S. holiday spending compared to Thanksgiving week declines, however not to the degree that many early reports indicated.... [read more]


December 13, 2017

All I Want for Christmas is a Multi-cooker

Even before the holiday season began sales of multi-cookers were surging, and as of the 12 months ending November 2017, sales have increased 79 percent to more than $300 million,* reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.... [read more]


December 12, 2017

What the Sports Business Can Learn from the Toy Business

The New York Times published a fascinating article a couple days ago on WowWee Brand’s Fingerling toy, one of the hottest toys of the holiday season.... [read more]


December 7, 2017

Crowded Stores and More Online Buyers, But Thanksgiving Week Spending Fell Short

U.S. consumer spending did not match the reports of in-store crowds on Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend this year and, according to NPD’s Checkout e-commerce information, significant increases in online buyer activity translated into mediocre spending increases on the key days.... [read more]


December 6, 2017

Consumers Get Crafty this Holiday Season

The U.S. office supplies industry is no exception to the shopping trends emerging this holiday season, as there are several products trending for holiday crafting, gift giving, and home décor.... [read more]


December 4, 2017

Nearly 40 Percent of Shoppers Will Give the Gift of An Experience This Holiday, Reports NPD

Rather than filling stockings or wrapping packages, many holiday shoppers plan to purchase less tangible gifts this year, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.... [read more]


December 4, 2017

Book Sales Bright for the Holidays, Even as Annual Growth Declines Slightly

While the annual unit sales growth of print books is expected to be slightly weaker this year than in the previous two years, global information company The NPD Group predicts a strong holiday season with 5 percent unit sales growth in the remaining five weeks.... [read more]


December 4, 2017

Cyber Season

I’m just a sample of one, but I witnessed what I thought to be healthy crowds at a suburban New York mall on Black Friday. I also heard from a few others (who braved outlet centers!) that cars were being turned away due to lack of available parking.... [read more]


November 30, 2017

Anticipation of Deep Thanksgiving Week Discounts May Have Driven Consumers to Hold Back

The week before Thanksgiving brought slowed growth for some categories, and steeper declines for others, resulting in a slight overall decline in the third week of November compared to the same week in 2016.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

Hot Home “Gifts” for Holiday 2017

Home-related products will continue their hot streak during the 2017 holiday season.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

The Gift of Great Skin

Traditionally, skincare has not been the most giftable beauty category. Aside from me, not many dream of opening a holiday present to reveal a cleanser and moisturizer in a pretty package.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

Sneakernomics: Black Friday 2017

As expected, Black Friday 2017 was marked by broader and deeper discounts than last year. Promotions started earlier than last year as well. Most Black Friday deals were available before Thanksgiving.... [read more]


November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Got a Bump, But Holiday Sales Are Still Out of Balance

Stores were certainly busier than last year, but from what I saw Thanksgiving and Black Friday were a mixed bag this year.... [read more]


November 24, 2017

Black Friday, This Year’s New Tradition

NPD technology analyst, Ben Arnold, analyzes shopping on Black Friday instead of Thanksgiving day.... [read more]


November 24, 2017

Consumer Spending Gains Momentum in Early November – But Are They Buying Gifts Yet?

The positive momentum seen in the first week of November 2017 strengthened in the second week. Cumulatively, NPD’s Holiday Shopping Bag shows retail sales for the first two weeks of the season up 6 percent across key general merchandise categories.... [read more]


November 22, 2017

Which Days Will Make or Break Holiday 2017? Retail Can’t Rely on Tradition, Reports NPD

The top shopping days of the year are not what they used to be, especially in stores... [read more]


November 21, 2017

Let’s Reconsider Discounting Toys for Christmas

Rather than discount toys during Christmas, the industry needs to consider occasions outside of this peak season to generate growth. From Women’s Day to Chinese New Year, there are examples around the globe.... [read more]


November 16, 2017

NPD Reports Weekly U.S Results for Holiday 2017 – It’s a Hot Start to the Season for Some

Leading global information provider The NPD Group will once again be reporting U.S. weekly point-of-sale results for key general merchandise categories tracked by the company throughout the holiday season.... [read more]


November 13, 2017

Beauty Holiday Outlook 2017

Attention is centering on makeup and fragrance this holiday season, as the two highly giftable beauty categories vie to capture the greatest dollar share in the U.S. prestige market.... [read more]


November 7, 2017

Tis the Season To Be Unique – Apparel Looks To New Shopping Experiences

A good portion of my family members celebrate their birthdays in the fall.... [read more]


November 3, 2017

2017 Baker’s Dozen +1: Stephen Baker’s Annual Holiday Expectations

Industry revenue has turned the corner – 2017 will see the best holiday performance in years, as hot new categories and a stable market deliver positive revenue growth in consumer electronics.... [read more]


November 3, 2017

12 Shopping Predictions for Holiday 2017

Get expectations and recommendations for how consumers will shop this holiday season from NPD’s industry analysts across retail, accessories, apparel, beauty, footwear, home, technology, toys, sports, and video games.... [read more]


October 31, 2017

U.S. Video Game September Results Representative of a Resurgent Console Market

The NPD Group reported US sales of video game products in the month of September grew 39% when compared to a year ago, reaching $1.2B in the month.... [read more]


October 31, 2017

A Mini Holiday in Makeup

For makeup junkies exploring new products, and holiday travelers carrying their makeup must-haves, it’s no surprise many recent makeup launches are capitalizing on the mini trend.... [read more]


October 30, 2017

Sneakernomics: Holiday 2017 Outlook for the Sports Industry

Pun intended, the holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year” for all the major industries it touches yet, at some point in time, chances are each will be struck by a double-edged sword scenario.... [read more]


October 30, 2017

A Holiday First – Procrastination Dwindles As More Shoppers Plan To Start Thanksgiving Weekend

The Holiday 2017 shopping season will be the first when more U.S. consumers will start shopping in the middle of the season (Thanksgiving weekend through Cyber Monday) than will start late in the season (i.e. early December), reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.... [read more]


October 30, 2017

The NPD Group Predicts the U.S. Toy Holiday Hits of 2017

No holiday season is complete without a mad dash by consumers to capture the most desirable toys of the year. Based on velocity, or how fast they are already flying off U.S. shelves, global information company The NPD Group has named the top 10 toys that may be hard to find closer to Christmas.... [read more]


October 27, 2017

Holiday 2017 vs. Holiday 2016: Apples to Apples, or Apples to Oranges?

Every year we talk about how the upcoming holiday season will compare to the prior, but sometimes that isn’t the best comparison to make.... [read more]


October 17, 2017

Online Shoppers Plan to Spend 70 Percent More Than In-Store Shoppers This Holiday, Reports NPD

The rivalry between online and traditional retail will heat up during the 2017 holiday season... [read more]


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January 22, 2018

Several Categories Begin 2018 With Positive Momentum After A Successful Holiday 2017

The season’s shopping trends also reveal a shift in the cadence of holiday shopping... [read more]


December 21, 2017

Annual Week Six Holiday Shopping Slump Weighed Down by Declines

The week following Cyber Week, the traditional week six slump, took a deeper dive this year.... [read more]


December 14, 2017

Cyber Week Results Turned Out To Be More Virtual Than Reality

Cyber Monday and the week that followed delivered a slight uptick in overall U.S. holiday spending compared to Thanksgiving week declines, however not to the degree that many early reports indicated.... [read more]


December 7, 2017

Crowded Stores and More Online Buyers, But Thanksgiving Week Spending Fell Short

U.S. consumer spending did not match the reports of in-store crowds on Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend this year and, according to NPD’s Checkout e-commerce information, significant increases in online buyer activity translated into mediocre spending increases on the key days.... [read more]


November 30, 2017

Anticipation of Deep Thanksgiving Week Discounts May Have Driven Consumers to Hold Back

The week before Thanksgiving brought slowed growth for some categories, and steeper declines for others, resulting in a slight overall decline in the third week of November compared to the same week in 2016.... [read more]


November 24, 2017

Consumer Spending Gains Momentum in Early November – But Are They Buying Gifts Yet?

The positive momentum seen in the first week of November 2017 strengthened in the second week. Cumulatively, NPD’s Holiday Shopping Bag shows retail sales for the first two weeks of the season up 6 percent across key general merchandise categories.... [read more]


November 16, 2017

NPD Reports Weekly U.S Results for Holiday 2017 – It’s a Hot Start to the Season for Some

Leading global information provider The NPD Group will once again be reporting U.S. weekly point-of-sale results for key general merchandise categories tracked by the company throughout the holiday season.... [read more]


2016 Holiday Seasson
December 21, 2017

Retail's Hopes for the Holiday Season

The 2017 holiday season is primed to be a good one for retail, but Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Advisor - Retail at The NPD Group, says it's not for all the right reasons. Consumers are buying a lot of product, but the product is on sale, so margins are stressed. And Americans got a late start to shopping for gifts this year, with earlier activity focused on self-gifting. See how this behavior, paired with the growth of online, have changed the sport of shopping as we once knew it in this Bloomberg interview.... [read more]


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