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Despite strong sales, enthusiasm drops for fitness trackers

...month and has 76 percent of the U.S. market share by revenue, up from 64 percent a year earlier, according to the NPD Group.Investors and analysts are bullish on Fitbit's prospects. Its stock value has more than doubled since the initial...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-12/despite-strong-sales-enthu
Phones, cash top teen loves

...1 thing is the cellphone ? it's not even close," Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group, says of what teenagers want.Gift-givers can then build on what the child already has."If I got you a new phone...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-12-06/phones-cash-top-teen-loves
Fast-food resolution: Transform junk food image

...visits to traditional fast-food hamburger chains declined 3 percent from a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group. Fast-casual chains ? which are seen as a step up from traditional fast-food ? saw visits rise 8 percent.Part...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-02/fast-food-resolution-trans
Jeans face an uncertain future amid yoga wear rage

...jeans in the U.S. fell 6 percent to $16 billion during the year that ended in June, according to market research firm NPD Group, while sales of yoga pants and other "active wear" climbed 7 percent to $33.6 billion.And Levi Strauss, which invented...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/fashion/2014-09-13/jeans-face-uncertain-future
Weak electronics sales pressure Best Buy, Sears

...stagnant. Sales haven't budged from about $145 billion in three of the last four years, according to research firm NPD Group.Part of the problem is consumers are holding out for smartphone and tablet computer launches this fall. Apple and Samsung...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-22/weak-electronics-sales-pre
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
Sales of gigantic TVs are on the rise

...percent, and the average price of a 50-inch TV is down $75 from two years ago to $573, according to research firm NPD Group."TVs are more affordable than they've ever been, so a 'super sized' TV today is still far less ex pensive than...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-01/sales-gigantic-tvs-are-ris
New York supermarket combines gym with groceries

...in the store," Farrell said. "It's definitely a win for us, but that wasn't the goal."Harry Balzer of the NPD Group, a Chicago-based consumer marketing research firm, thinks it's a pretty good idea."All of us eat and 63 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-05-28/new-york-supermarket-combines-gym-g
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
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...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-16/best-buy-holiday-sales-fal