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Bold colors, metallics, sporty styles well suited for shoppers

...at the knee.The financesRETURN OF THE ONE PIECE: Sales of one-piece swimsuits have gone up. Data from market research group NPD show one-piece sales increasing 15 percent from the April 2012 to March 2013 period to the April 2013 to March...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-05-24/bold-colors-metallics-sporty-styles
Dress shopping might be precarious task for plus-size girls

...customers say.Sixteen percent of women's clothing sold in the U.S. is size 14 and up, according to the market research group NPD. But the plus-size women's business has "pretty much been ignored by the big stores," said Marshal...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-04-19/dress-shopping-can-be-tricky-plus-s
States seek a spot in retirement plan landscape

...of living in retirement."We feel there is a retirement crisis," said Diane Oakley, executive director of the research group.Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Washington also considered legislation this year proposing state-sponsored individual...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-04/states-seek-spot-retiremen
Apple, Comcast in talks about TV service

...one-third of the nation's broadband market, and its network would reach almost 60 percent of U.S. homes, Buckingham Research Group analyst James Ratcliffe said Monday. He viewed a potential deal with Apple as "broadly positive for Comcast...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-24/apple-comcast-talks-about-
Half of small cars do well in front-end crash tests

...in the IIHS tests will help people feel safer when buying small cars, Brauer said in an email.IIHS, a nonprofit research group funded by insurance companies, conducts its small offset test by crashing vehicles into fixed 5-foot-tall barrier...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-08-08/half-small-cars-do-well-fr
Lower gas prices lifting hopes for holiday sales

...gas prices in 50-cent increments, said Britt Beemer, the head of the consumer behavior consultant America's Research Group. Based on his firm's research, shoppers would spend more freely if gas settles below $3 or $2.50. They...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-27/lower-gas-prices-lifting-h
Twitter has power but lacks profits, investors concerned

...billion monthly users on Facebook, a big rival for social-media ad dollars.Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group, says investors shouldn't be put off by Facebook comparisons. He says Twitter is a "niche" business, but one...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-05/twitter-has-power-lacks-pr
Sluggish sales numbers raise economic worries

...but the economy isn't getting better with the average consumer," said C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America's Research Group, a consumer research firm.Yet even some retailers that serve upper-income shoppers are dimming their forecasts...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-08-15/sluggish-sales-numbers-rai
Federal government, 6 states sue to block US Airways, American merger

...Worth area.The lawsuit may put some of those real estate deals on hold. Daniel McKenzie, an analyst for Buckingham Research Group, said the merger went from a 99-percent probability to around 50 percent.It's possible that the lawsuit will...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2013-08-13/federal-government-6-states-sue-blo
Retailers keeping tabs on consumers' return habits

...basic rule of privacy practices," says Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. "Consumers should know that information is being collected about them."The retail industry says it's not about...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-08-11/retailers-keeping-tabs-con