Marshal Cohen

Black Friday Sales Surge, But Will Spending Continue?

Shoppers began lining up outside Macy's Herald Square about 6 p.m. Thursday for a midnight Black Friday opening. (Photo: Stan Honda/AFP)

New York—First the good news: the hype around Black Friday apparently has paid off with shoppers out in record numbers—some … [Read more...]

Super Committee Failure to Darken Black Friday Sales?

Black Friday

New York—With retailers poised for what promises to be one of the most competitive Black Friday weekends ever, could news of an … [Read more...]

NPD: Consumers Plan Flat Spending for Holiday

Holiday Spending Forecast

Port Washington, NY—Most consumers say they plan to spend the same amount on holiday spending this year as they did last year, … [Read more...]

Commerce Dept: August Retail Sales Stagnate

Shopping Street

Washington—After seven months of increases, total U.S.retail sales remained flat in August, the U.S. Commerce Department reported … [Read more...]

Missoni for Target: A Lesson for Retailers?

Sold out Missoni for Target: poncho, $49.99, tote bag $34.99, scarf, $19.99

Minneapolis—When a luxurygoods brand, such as Prada or Hermès, controls how much of a new style in handbags and footwear is … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: Marshal Cohen

NPD's Marshal Cohen says self-purchasing consumers are key to a successful holiday.“Without self-purchasing during the holiday season, growth is nearly impossible."

Marshal Cohen is Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group, Inc. He is a nationally known expert on the retail industry and consumer … [Read more...]

NPD’S 1st Half Apparel Report: Women’s Sales “Dragging”

Apparel Shopping

Port Washington, NY–While overall apparel sales are up for the first half of this year compared to last year, women’s apparel … [Read more...]

Commerce Dept: July Retail Sales Rise to 4-Month High

Retail Sales

Washington—As the third quarter and back to school selling begins, U.S. consumers are holding up despite an unpredictable stock … [Read more...]

NPD: What Apparel Sales Indicate About Back to School Sales

Back to School 2011

Port Washington, NY–With economic uncertainty weighing on the minds of analysts, retailers and consumers alike, what’s does the … [Read more...]

Have It Your Way: Mass Customization

Laudi Vidni design-your-own handbags

Mass customization lets customers channel their inner designers at mass production prices.By definition, mass customization … [Read more...]

Back to School Surveys: Retail Sales May Be Flat

Back to School 2011 Retail Sales

Washington–While major retailers are already touting their latest back to school offerings through advertising and social media, … [Read more...]

NPD: Back to School Sales To Focus On Value

Back to School Sales

Port Washington, NY–Cautious consumers say they plan to spend as much as they did last year on back to school merchandise, but … [Read more...]