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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
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
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
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
Apple seeks to regain cool with $3 billion Beats buy

...headquarters, Beats commands 62 percent of the $1 billion U.S. market for headphones priced above $100, according to NPD Group. The gear, which emphasizes bass, also has been endorsed by several star athletes, including San Francisco 49ers quarterback...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-28/apple-seeks-regain-cool-3-
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
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
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, 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