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140 Million Shoppers Expected Thanksgiving Weekend

Shoppers at R.H. Macy's, Herald Square in New York City

Sixty-one percent of shoppers, about 140 million, say they will or may shop either Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation's Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Consumers Are Secure, Spending

Nearly three out of every four consumers say they're spending as much or more than they expected on life's little extras—including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures, and fashion accessories, reports the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker released Sept. 23.

Furthermore, 81% of employed Americans report that their jobs are more than or just as stable as one year ago—and 45% expect finances to change for the better in the next six months.

Consumers to Increase Halloween Spending

Consumers to Increase Halloween Spending

The average adult is expected to spend $77.52 on Halloween this year, up from last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Total spending on Halloween is expected to reach $7.4 billion.

“As one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays, Halloween has retailers of all shapes and sizes preparing their stores and websites for the busy fall shopping season,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay.

Millennial, Gen X, Boomer Women Share Similarities

Despite some key distinctions in areas such as communication preferences and smartphone usage, women of all ages share surprising similarities when it comes to their shopping habits, according to SheSpeaks' new #GenWomen Survey.

Sample Subscriptions Lead Customers to Beauty Retailers

Among women who subscribe to makeup sample subscription programs, 83% were influenced to buy the full-sized product, according to the 2014 Makeup In-Depth Consumer Report from global information company The NPD Group.

Fragrance Proves Essential to Beauty Routines

Poshly Fragrance Report

Eighty percent of women wear fragrance at least once a week, according to a report recently released by Poshly, which builds personalization technologies that connect beauty brands with beauty consumers.

The Fragrance Report covers fragrance preferences and shopping habits, amongst key insights; and is based on results from more than 11,000 beauty consumers. The insights may serve to help beauty retailers' fragrance considerations as they determine their level of investment in the category.