2017 Outlook:
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Peering Over the Edge: Looking Forward to See How CE Can Get Back to Growth

2016 ended with a mixed bag of holiday sales and proved to be a very uneven year overall for the CE space. As we near the end of the first month of the new year, we’re stopping to reflect on some of the positive momentum of 2016, as well as looking ahead towards what key technologies, categories and products might change the direction of the tech hardware markets this year (and beyond).

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2017 Will Test Retail’s Resilience

This will be a year of increased intangibles, experiential engagement, an emphasis on origins, and a continued deal dilemma. The consumer is changing, demanding something different, and retail must answer this call in 2017 or accept the loss.

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In 2017 the Tech Industry Will Return to Growth for the First Time Since 2010, According to a New Forecast from The NPD Group

Global information company, The NPD Group, today shared insights from a new, 24-month technology industry forecast, predicting a return to growth for the U.S. market in 2017 for the first time since 2010. Covering over 100 technology categories, NPD is forecasting* a nearly two percent increase in technology industry sales in 2017 versus 2016.

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Eight Expectations for Fashion in 2017

This year will be one full of change for fashion at retail – some is overdue, some is driven, but all of it is necessary. The days of the consumer following trends have faded. Consumers are now creating their own looks, seeking apparel, footwear, and accessories that fit into their lifestyle, not the other way around.

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2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 4: Atop the Hill, Look Who’s Smiling Now!

Impossible! Unprecedented! For all the naysayers and doubters, what a wakeup call this is. The discounted “one-hit wonder” is now at the top of the hill.

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Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in 2017

In a world of uncertainty, one thing is certain in 2017: America will eat! But how and where people source meals and the attributes that will win share of wallet are ever-changing. Here are five overarching trends to watch in 2017.

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Sneakernomics: Predictions for the Sports Business in 2017

It’s the end of another fascinating year for the U.S. sports business, so that means predictions time! But before we get into that, let’s set the stage by recapping how we did on our 2016 predictions. Most of the predictions I made a year ago came to be true, but there were some surprises along the way.

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2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 3: A Split Decision for Scent

What do you say? Do you believe all the reports? Do you believe that we have become so detached from what else matters that we don’t care about anything but appearance? I don’t believe that.

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2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 2: Is Skincare Over the Hill?

What happened? The experts and pundits declared it. They thought, “This is a no-brainer.” Every woman cares about these issues! This is the women’s platform, and men care, too. “Who’s got the experience?” they derided. We’ve got this, right? Wrong.

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2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 1: Makeup Trumps All!

Blowing away the competition and upending our world as we once knew it. If you ever doubted the power of the internet, social media, and the appeal of the personality, now you know. This force is real and turning everything we know, or thought we knew, on its head. Politics? Think again…

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