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Game Changers: NPD’s Marshal Cohen on the Next Big Thing

Marshal Cohen, chief analyst, The NPD Group, Inc.

2014 ended with a good news/bad news sort of holiday season. Sure sales were up and mostly in line with forecasts. Online sales … [Read more...]

NPD: “Athleisure” Lifestyle Drives Fashion Sales Growth in 2014

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Port Washington, NY—Total U.S. apparel, footwear and accessories sales in 2014 were up1% due primarily to growth in activewear, … [Read more...]

Less Conventional Bags Are Now More Common Accessories, Reports NPD

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Port Washington–Women’s handbags may account for 49% of all handbags sold in the United States, but for 2014 it was men’s bags … [Read more...]

NPD: Online Shopping Satisfaction Continues to Grow

Online Holiday Shopping

Port Washington, NY—According to a recent survey of NPD’s Consumer panel, online was the big retail channel winner during the 2014 … [Read more...]

NPD’s Cohen: “Holiday 2014 Better than Reported”

Holiday Shopping Deals

Port Washington, NY—Holiday 2014 was better than reported. Black Friday and holiday sales are not the same as we remember from … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Important News from Final Holiday Shopping Days

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New York—With less than a week to go, here’s what the latest surveys and speculation reveal about what kind of holiday season 2014 … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season for Premium Basketball Footwear

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Port Washington, NY–-Higher-priced athletic footwear has become an early favorite among holiday shoppers. Athletic footwear sales … [Read more...]

NPD’s Marshal Cohen Takes a Peek at What’s Going on in Holiday Retailing

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Port Washington, NY—I recently ventured to a local shopping mall with a group of NPD colleagues to check out the post-Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Occupational, Outdoor Footwear Categories Experience Strong Growth Over the Past Year

Dickies Challenger Boots

Port Washington, NY--The term fashion (non-athletic) footwear may bring women's pumps and men’s oxfords to mind, but it is the … [Read more...]

Poll: More Holiday Purchases Going Online, But In-Store Has Appeal Too

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Port Washington, NY–Online shopping once again is hitting a spike in recent days as some consumer want to avoid lines, parking and … [Read more...]

Week in Review: 10 Not-to-Miss Articles

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New York—There were many words from the wise this week, even as many retailers posted misses in net income, sales or … [Read more...]

NPD’s Cohen Gives Holiday Retail Expectations

Marshal Cohen, NPD Group: "Open-sell or caseline retail environments have to give way to means for consumers to touch, feel and try on merchandise."

By Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst It’s shaping up to be a healthy but heavily promotional holiday, which means that … [Read more...]