NPD Highlights: Beauty Holiday 2015 Outlook

The U.S. prestige beauty industry has entered a phase of renewed growth, which has put the industry in a healthy position heading into the 2015 holiday season. Overall dollar sales are up 8% (January through September) compared to this time in 2014 (according to the NPD Group's "U.S. Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market"); and more consumers plan on purchasing beauty products this holiday season compared to last year (according to NPD Group's "Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey 2015").

Holiday Shoppers Expect More From Retailers

Holiday shoppers plan to shop both in-store (94%) and online (92%) this upcoming season, with 94% of consumers planning to shop from a computer and 49% making purchases from a mobile device, according to the 2015 Holiday Shipping Survey from Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce. The survey results show that participants want an array of choices and alternatives they may select to address shopping, shipping and returns preferences.

Shoppers Increase Spending This Holiday Season

This year’s holiday retail season is expected to be strong in the United States. eMarketer forecasts that U.S. retail sales in the months of November and December 2015 will increase 5.7% year over year, reaching $885.70 billion. That’s an upward adjustment from the 3.2% growth rate predicted earlier this year—and the highest since the 6.3% rise in 2011.

Men's Grooming Day Study Gives Insights

National Men's Grooming Day takes place on the third Friday of August every year and encourages men to proactively think about their grooming habits. This year men's grooming brand Dollar Shave Club shared insights about men's grooming habits and what goes on in their minds and bathrooms.

Dollar Shave Club reveals fun grooming findings from its Grooming Survey conducted online by Harris Poll among 3,285 males aged 18 years and older in December 2014, and 3,068 males aged 18 years and older in January 2015.

Father’s Day Spending to Reach $12.7 Billion

Father’s Day may not be the most lucrative consumer holiday of the year for retailers, but spending for dad is expected to reach $12.7 billion for golf lessons, home improvement tools, coffee mugs and more. And, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Father’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average person will spend $115.57 on gifts, nearly even with last year’s $113.80. The survey found 75% of Americans said they plan to celebrate Father’s Day.

Beauty Stocking Stuffers to Take Off This Holiday Season

Small items, makeup and fragrances are expected to take front and center this coming holiday season, according to the NPD HIGHLIGHTS: Beauty Holiday 2014 Outlook.