NPD Group Acquires Leisure Trends

NPD Group

NPD Group has acquired Boulder, Colo.-based Leisure Trends, a market research firm focused on the sports and recreation business.

NPD: Tailored Tops Growth in Apparel Sales

NPD Group

NPD’s research says there was double-digit growth in tailored clothing in the first half of the year compared to the same time last year.

Neckwear Notes: Ties by the numbers

Bow ties at Haberdash

How much did the neckwear business contract since its 1995 peak and has it stopped shrinking? Harry Sheff looks into what few numbers are available.

NPD Group: Half of shoppers yet to start their holiday spending

NPD Group

Half of all US holiday shoppers have yet to begin spending, new research suggests, giving retailers time to get customers spending in their stores.

The NPD Group names new apparel, footwear heads

NPD Group

PORT WASHINGTON, NY—The NPD Group has new leaders for its fashion apparel business and its fashion footwear and accessories business. The market research firm said today that Amy Hyland, head of the toys business for NPD, will now lead the fashion apparel business, and Diane Nicholson, head of the beauty business, will add the fashion […]

Holiday Apparel Sales Strong, Driven by Menswear


Holiday 2010 retail sales were strong in the U.S., particularly in apparel. According to MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, consumer spending rose 5.5 percent over 2009 in November and December, and apparel was up more than 11 percent, driven by an impressive 10.5 percent boost in menswear. “If last year’s holiday story was about gaining some stability, […]

East Coast Blizzard Slows Shopping

NEW YORK—A huge East Coast blizzard on the day after Christmas has slowed an otherwise vigorous return to spending during and after the 2010 holiday season. New York City’s Central Park reported 20 inches after the storm that dumped snow as fast as three inches per hour. “Retailers along the East Coast and Midwest tried […]