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July 12, 2013

As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, meeting the beauty needs of ethnic shoppers continues to become increasingly vital and, as evidenced by the influx of new products, manufacturers are taking note and heeding the call.

As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, meeting the beauty needs of ethnic shoppers continues to become increasingly vital and, as evidenced by the influx of new products, manufacturers are taking note and heeding the call.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the year ended July 31, 2011, African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities accounted for 50.4% of all births. This was up from 49.5% from the 2010 Census taken April 1, 2010.

September 7, 2012

Serving as yet further evidence to support the importance of being a multichannel retailer and supplier is the new RedPrairie study illustrating the shopping habits of Gen Y.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Serving as yet further evidence to support the importance of being a multichannel retailer and supplier is the new RedPrairie study illustrating the shopping habits of Gen Y.

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August 14, 2012

U.S. retail sales experienced a small gain during the hottest month of the year, the Census Bureau reported.

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales experienced a small gain during the hottest month of the year, the Census Bureau reported.

The Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $403.9 billion, an increase of 0.8% from the previous month and 4.1% above July 2011. Retail trade sales were up 0.8% from June and 3.7% above last year.

April 16, 2012

An earlier Easter holiday and unseasonably warmer weather prompted U.S. retail sales to steadily climb in March, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday.

WASHINGTON — An earlier Easter holiday and unseasonably warmer weather prompted U.S. retail sales to steadily climb in March, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday.

U.S. retail and food services sales for March, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $411.1 billion, an increase of 0.8% from the previous month and 6.5% above the year-ago period. Retail trade sales were up 0.8% from last month and 6.5% above last year.

March 13, 2012

Retail sales continue to rise for 2012 as the U.S. Census Bureau reported results of February sales on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Retail sales continue to rise for 2012 as the U.S. Census Bureau reported results of February sales on Tuesday.

U.S. retail and food services sales for February, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $407.8 billion, an increase of 1.1% from the previous month and 6.5% above the year-ago period. Retail trade sales were up 1.1% from last month and 6.3% above last year.

February 14, 2012

January retail sales are on solid ground, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — January retail sales are on solid ground, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

U.S. retail and food services sales for the month, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, totaled $401.4 billion, an increase of 0.4% and 5.8% above the year ago-period. Retail trade sales increased 0.4% for the month and 5.5% above the year-ago period, the government agency said.

January 12, 2012

Despite barely rising in December, retail sales hit a record for the year, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Despite barely rising in December, retail sales hit a record for the year, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

U.S. retail and food services sales for the month, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, increased 0.1% to $400.6 billion from the previous month and 6.5% above December 2010. Adjusted retail sales were virtually unchanged.

December 15, 2011

U.S. retail sales slightly edged up in November, according to U.S. Census Bureau.

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales slightly edged up in November, according to U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. retail and food services sales for November, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $399.3 billion, an increase of 0.2% from the previous month and 6.7% above November 2010. Adjusted retail sales totaled $357.5 billion, a 0.3% increase over October retail sales.

November 15, 2011

Retail sales edged up slightly during the month of October, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Retail sales edged up slightly during the month of October, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.

Adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, sales totaled $397.7 billion. Retail trade sales rose 0.6% above September and 7.3% above the year-ago period.

Adjusted grocery store sales increased to $46.8 million from $46.3 million in September, while health and personal care stores saw adjusted sales of $23.3 million from $23.1 million last month.

September 14, 2011

Retail sales for the month of August were flat, the U.S. Census Bureau disclosed on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — Retail sales for the month of August were flat, the U.S. Census Bureau disclosed on Wednesday.

Adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, sales totaled $389.5 billion. Compared with the year-ago period, however, sales rose 7.2%. Trade sales edged up slightly by 0.1% from July, as well as 7.5% above August 2010.

August 12, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that July sales increased 0.5% to $390.4 billion, a positive sign for consumers and retailers whose outlook on the economy may have floundered after the stock market endured a turbulent week.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau reported that July sales increased 0.5% to $390.4 billion, a positive sign for consumers and retailers whose outlook on the economy may have floundered after the stock market endured a turbulent week.

Compared with the year-ago period, the Census Bureau disclosed that retail sales jumped 8.5%. Similarly, retail trade sales also rose 0.5% for the month and 8.9% above July 2010.

June 15, 2011

The nation's Hispanic population grew four times faster than the total U.S. population between 2000 and 2010, with Mexicans representing the largest Hispanic group, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

WASHINGTON — The nation's Hispanic population grew four times faster than the total U.S. population between 2000 and 2010, with Mexicans representing the largest Hispanic group, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The recently released 2010 Census brief shows that the Hispanic population increased by 15.2 million between 2000 and 2010 and accounted for more than half of the total U.S. population increase of 27.3 million. Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43% — four times the nation's 9.7% growth rate.

June 14, 2011

Retail spending for the month of May experienced a slight drop of 0.2% to $387.1 billion, though the advanced estimates noted that May sales were 7.7% higher than the year-ago period, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Retail spending for the month of May experienced a slight drop of 0.2% to $387.1 billion, though the advanced estimates noted that May sales were 7.7% higher than the year-ago period, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

The government agency also reported that total sales for the March through May period were up 7.5% from the same period a year ago.

May 12, 2011

U.S. retail sales rose for the 10th consecutive month in April, increasing 0.5% to $389.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose for the 10th consecutive month in April, increasing 0.5% to $389.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

The government agency also disclosed retail sales experienced a 7.6% jump above the year-ago period. Across retail sectors, grocery stores during April rose 1.5% to nearly $45.9 million, up from $45.3 million in March; while health and personal care stores, which have experienced positive numbers over the past several months, saw a surprise drop of 0.3% to nearly $22.7 million for the month.

April 13, 2011

U.S. retail sales edged up slightly from last month to $389.3 billion, an increase of 0.4%, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales edged up slightly from last month to $389.3 billion, an increase of 0.4%, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

The increase marks the ninth consecutive month sales have risen, which could indicate that an economic recovery is under way; however, many fear that looming gas and food prices could impact future months.

March 11, 2011

U.S. retail sales rose 1% in February to $387.1 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday.

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose 1% in February to $387.1 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday.

This marks the biggest sales gain in four months, the government agency said, with sales also being 8.9% above the year-ago period. Digging deeper, grocery store sales saw a 0.5% gain from January and rose to nearly $41.8 million, while health and personal care stores experienced a 0.3% decline from last month, dropping to $21.4 million.

February 15, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday reported that retail sales continue on a positive trend, edging up 0.3% for the month of January.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday reported that retail sales continue on a positive trend, edging up 0.3% for the month of January.

The increase to $381.6 billion marked the seventh consecutive month of gains for retail sales. Total sales for the month were above the year-ago period by 7.8%.

The report also noted that grocery stores experienced a 1.4% increase to nearly $45 million for the month, while health and personal care stores sales rose 0.5% to about $22.3 million.

January 17, 2011

Retail sales rose for a sixth consecutive month in December, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

WASHINGTON — Retail sales rose for a sixth consecutive month in December, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sales rose 0.6% from the prior month, the Census Bureau reported Friday. However, the increase pushed sales for all of 2010 up 6.7%, the largest annual increase since 1999. Excluding autos, retail sales rose 0.5% last month.

November 14, 2010

October was a pleasant surprise for retail and food services, as the advance estimates of...

WASHINGTON — October was a pleasant surprise for retail and food services, as the advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for that month — announced Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau — showed increases that rose above expectations. Sales rose to $373.1 billion, up 1.2% from last month and 7.3% higher than October 2009 sales.

Total sales for the August through October 2010 period were up 6.3% from the year-ago period, and the August through October 2010 percent change was revised from 0.6% to 0.7%.