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Back fat, tattoos and thicker waists are among the new features on mannequins

...matter when shoppers make buying decisions. Forty-two percent of customers recently polled by market research firm NPD Group Inc. say something on a mannequin influences whether they buy it. In fact, mannequins ranked just behind friends and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-28/back-fat-tattoos-and-thick
TVs are hot sellers this holiday season

...unit sales are up 15 percent this year through October, according to the latest data available from research firm NPD Group Inc. That compares with a 2 percent rise during the same period in 2010. Meanwhile, prices have dropped 7 percent to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2011-12-01/tvs-are-hot-sellers-holida
Prices key for toy sellers with Santa on a budget

...1 percent during the holiday quarter. They were $9.82 billion last year, according to data from research firm NPD Group Inc. That's a smaller drop than the 5 percent decline from a year ago, but still bad for a quarter when toy retailers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/10/04/bus_550238.shtml
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Adult women reject dowdy threads

...don't get mom excited, she is not buying anything else in the store," said Marshal Cohen, the chief analyst at NPD Group Inc. It seems, however, that women's apparel sellers just can't get it right. Over the past 12 months, several...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/11/18/liv_152767.shtml
Life & style
The sole survivor

...year's average retail price of a dress shoe - men's, women's and children's - was $32.59, according to the NPD Group Inc., a market research company in Port Washington, N.Y. Dress casual shoes were even cheaper, averaging $30...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/04/11/bus_124175.shtml
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Retailers hope discounts will boost fourth-quarter

...2007 in its stores. Merchants "are going to use all 31 days in December," said Marshal Cohen, chief analyst at NPD Group Inc., a market research company in Port Washington, N.Y. The post-Christmas season has become more important with...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/12/26/bus_109935.shtml
Business
Holiday Shopping Notebook: Gift finders, sweater status, holiday blogs, and candy sales

...last year, and holiday sales are likely to drive the growth, said Marshal Cohen, chief analyst with research agency NPD Group Inc. That compares with a modest 3 percent sales gain in 2005 over 2004. Traditional gifts like sweaters are back in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/12/08/liv_107531.shtml
Life & style
Celebrity-run companies target teens

...spanning cosmetics to clothing and rugs. "Success breeds competition," said Marshal Cohen, chief analyst at NPD Group Inc., a market research firm in Port Washington, N.Y. The mary-kateandashley brand has been an eye opener, he...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/07/11/bus_88436.shtml
Business
Techbits: Gadget sales, Broadband Emmys and more

...on gadgets for mom this year than they did last year, approaching the same levels for dad, market researcher The NPD Group Inc. found in a comparison of electronics sales from the weeks preceding Mother's Day and Father's Day. Specifically...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/07/10/liv_87995.shtml
Life & style
Toy makers try to meet children's high-tech demands

...to $20.1 billion in 2004 from $20.7 billion in 2003, which posted a similar decline over 2002, according to NPD Group Inc., a market research company in Port Washington, N.Y. NPD is expected to release 2005 figures Friday. But the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/02/09/bus_54402.shtml
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