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Time for drug chains to reclaim beauty category

Time for drug chains to reclaim beauty category

NEW YORK — It is a pivotal juncture for the beauty care category in the drug channel. Retailers and brands need to devise a game plan to wrest the business away from prestige power players. Sales in cosmetics, skin care and grooming are firing on all cylinders — but sadly, not in the mass beauty

Flu fears hoist sales of hand cleaner products

Flu fears hoist sales of hand cleaner products

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Sales of hand cleaner products, particularly hand sanitizer and hand wipes, have jumped since the start of the year, driven by the severe U.S. flu season, according to market research firm The NPD Group. NPD said Monday that hand cleaner sales at retail surged 16% year over year to $83.6 million in

Mass retailers reap benefits of beauty makeover

Mass retailers reap benefits of beauty makeover

NEW YORK — Efforts that mass market retailers started last year to brush up their beauty departments and court new shoppers are starting to register. Mass market beauty care sales rose only 2% in 2016, according to NPD Group Inc. (lower than prestige at 6%), but several categories recorded impressive results. Skin care, for example,

Prestige beauty market sales climb in 2016

Prestige beauty market sales climb in 2016

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — A surge in cosmetics sales lifted the U.S. prestige beauty market last year, according to market research firm The NPD Group. U.S. prestige beauty care product sales rose 6% to $17 billion in 2016, NPD Group reported. Makeup saw the most growth, up 12% year over year, and contributed 82% of

Drug chains post modest sales gains during holidays

NEW YORK — Drug chains were not immune to the shift in holiday shopping away from brick-and-mortar retailing, as sales growth barely exceeded 4%. That was down from last season’s 4.4% advance in holiday retail sales, and well off the 5.4% gain of five years ago. Same-store sales were up 1.8%, virtually unchanged from 2014.