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May 31, 2013

Floor care, water filtration devices and air purifiers generate higher average prices online than in brick-and-mortar stores, according to research from NPD Group.

The research company’s Consumer Tracking Service, looking back at the 12 months ended March 2013, found that consumers are spending significantly more for these home environment cleaning appliances purchased online. 

May 22, 2013

Research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows that in the 12 months ended March 2013, sales of home beverage appliances were more than $2.6 billion.

Home beverage appliances include home soda machines, single-serve coffeemakers, drip coffeemakers, espresso makers, countertop blenders, juice extractors, citrus juicers and tea makers.

January 24, 2013

Consumer data show smoke-detector sales rising steadily over the past two years, with a double-digit increase on top of a double-digit increase.

October 17, 2012

The majority of consumers intend to spend the same (67%) this holiday season than last year, and 10% plan to spend more while fewer that say they plan to spend less, according to the NPD Group’s 11th Annual Holiday Survey.

August 30, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumers are slightly less confident about the economy but are feeling better than last year.

The August 2012 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, decreased slightly to 39.2, on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident."

The August reading is down from 39.7 in July. A year ago, the perception indicator index was at 35.1.

August 30, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumers are slightly less confident about the economy but are feeling better than last year.

The August 2012 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, decreased slightly to 39.2, on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident."

The August reading is down from 39.7 in July. A year ago, the perception indicator index was at 35.1.

August 29, 2012

Channel analysis Consumer research from The NPD Group shows that after a slight sales dip in the 12 months ended July 2011, the drills category has seen a boost back to levels above those of two years ago. Dollar volume from August to July rose 8.4%, with most dollars overall (61.9%) spent in warehouse home centers.

August 1, 2012

Channel analysis During the 12 months from June 2011 through May 2012, dollar sales of barbecue grills increased to $1.390 billion, up 1.2% from the previous year, according to Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. The company’s consumer research shows unit volume increased even more — up 6.7%. The consumer panel shows hardware stores losing dollar share to warehouse home centers and unit share to mass merchants.

August 1, 2012

Channel analysis During the 12 months from June 2011 through May 2012, dollar sales of barbecue grills increased to $1.390 billion, up 1.2% from the previous year, according to Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. The company’s consumer research shows unit volume increased even more — up 6.7%. The consumer panel shows hardware stores losing dollar share to warehouse home centers and unit share to mass merchants.

July 12, 2012

Although automatic drip coffee makers tend to be the most popular choice for U.S. households, single-serve machines (also known as pod or capsule coffee makers) are growing in popularity, according to a study by the NPD Group. 

June 1, 2012

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April 27, 2012

Channel analysis Sales of exterior lighting products jumped 21.3% in the 12 months from March 2011 to February 2012, compared with the same period in the previous year, according to the market size estimate from NPD Group’s Consumer Tracking Service. Consumers lit up their yards to the tune of $789 million during that time, with most of the spend occurring at warehouse home centers.

April 27, 2012

Channel analysis Sales of exterior lighting products jumped 21.3% in the 12 months from March 2011 to February 2012, compared with the same period in the previous year, according to the market size estimate from NPD Group’s Consumer Tracking Service. Consumers lit up their yards to the tune of $789 million during that time, with most of the spend occurring at warehouse home centers.

April 26, 2012

Price trumps sales and special deals, customer service and convenience as a factor in deciding where to shop for the majority of U.S. consumers, according to a survey by The NPD Group.

NPD’s The Economy Tracker, a monthly monitor of consumer sentiment about the economy and spending, found that in the most recent survey, 85% of U.S. consumers said that price will be an extremely important/important factor in deciding where to shop in the near future, 10% more than those who feel sales and special deals are extremely important/important.

March 30, 2012

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It’s been up and down three years for chain saw sales, which rose dramatically in the 12 months ended February 2012, according to consumer research from The NPD Group. The category saw a 15.9% gain in dollar volume, bringing it about even with sales levels two years ago. Specialty stores are steadily gaining market share, but everyone trails the warehouse home centers.

March 26, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumer perception of the economy increased slightly in March, compared with the prior month and the same month last year.

The March figure for the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measured 40.2, with 0 being “very concerned” and 100 being “very confident.”

March 26, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumer perception of the economy increased slightly in March, compared with the prior month and the same month last year.

The March figure for the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measured 40.2, with 0 being “very concerned” and 100 being “very confident.”

March 3, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumer perception of the economy slipped in February compared with the previous month and the previous year.

The February figure for the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measured 39.5, with 0 being “very concerned” and 100 being “very confident.”

March 3, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumer perception of the economy slipped in February compared with the previous month and the previous year.

The February figure for the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measured 39.5, with 0 being “very concerned” and 100 being “very confident.”

March 2, 2012

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Hand tools, that great infantry of home improvement products, are fighting back. According to consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group, year-over-year change in the dollar volume of hand tools rose 9.3% to $1.33 billion.

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March 2, 2012

Channel analysis

Hand tools, that great infantry of home improvement products, are fighting back. According to consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group, year-over-year change in the dollar volume of hand tools rose 9.3% to $1.33 billion.

Demographic analysis

February 29, 2012

Consumers who use brick-and-mortar stores to research possible purchases -- and then buy the product on the Internet -- tend to gravitate toward certain housewares, according to The NPD Group, a market research firm.  But even more alarming to physical store owners is the practice of “showrooming,” which is growing to include more categories, the research firm said.

February 21, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows some positive movement in consumer sentiment in January, but concerns linger.

The January figure for the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator rose to 40.0 on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident." The figure is an improvement upon 37.4 recorded in December, but it is below the year-ago figure of 41.4:

February 21, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows some positive movement in consumer sentiment in January, but concerns linger.

The January figure for the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator rose to 40.0 on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident." The figure is an improvement upon 37.4 recorded in December, but it is below the year-ago figure of 41.4:

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