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Wal-Mart, Wild Oats team up to offer cheaper line of organic foods

...Inc. couldn't be immediately reached for comment. But Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group, says that he expects Whole Foods and other retailers to react with lower prices.According to the Washington-based...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-04-10/wal-mart-wild-oats-team-of
Men's Wearhouse buys competitor Jos. A Bank for $1.8 billion

...has been relatively healthy. It's been up 4 percent over the past three years, according to market research firm NPD Group, fueled in part by tight-fitting suits that have attracted young males.The companies also have complementary businesses...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-11/mens-wearhouse-buys-compet
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
Best Buy holiday sales fall, shares skid

...an overall decline in the consumer electronics market that no one was expecting. Indeed, according to research firm NPD Group, consumer electronics sales fell 2.4 percent to $22.9 billion during the 9-week holiday period.As a result, total...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-16/best-buy-holiday-sales-fal
Gadget show is awash in 'wearable' devices, but questions remain

...consumers get the idea of smartwatches," says Russ Crupnick, senior vice president of industry analysis at research firm NPD Group. In a survey, the group found that the feature U.S. consumers most desire in a smartwatch is the ability to make...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-08/gadget-show-awash-wearable
Online shopping grows, with some growing pains

...complete shopping earlier completed shopping later," said Marshal Cohen, the chief retail analyst at market research firm NPD Group.The late surge caught companies off guard. UPS and FedEx failed to deliver some packages by Christmas because of a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-26/online-shopping-grows-some
Amazon, stores compete for holiday shoppers

...much pressure on brick-and-mortar stores," said Marshal Cohen, the chief retail analyst at market researcher The NPD Group. "Brick-and-mortar retailers are trying to make people feel like the store cares again.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-29/amazon-stores-compete-holi
Early pumpkin beers brew dismay among drinkers

...goods out there early because you'll be first in the marketplace."And Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst with The NPD Group, says brands and businesses trying to get that top-of-mind business are "willing to risk the absurd ? even earlier...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-09-19/early-pumpkin-beers-brew-d
Tablets for tots, retro brands make up Toys R Us 'hot toy' list in 2012

...annual profit.Last year, U.S. retail sales of toys fell 2 percent to $21.18 billion, according to research firm NPD Group.This year, Toys R Us, is introducing a "hot toy" reservation program. Starting on Wednesday, the Wayne, N.J...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-09-19/tablets-tots-retro-brands-
How fast-food chains use the value menu to get you to spend more

...food or requesting water, according to a study by The NPD Group. As sales of sodas have slipped, restaurants have responded...fast-food restaurants are increasing, according to The NPD Group.Skimpier menusValue menus aren't as meaty as they...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2012-09-27/how-fast-foo