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Top Global Consumer Trends of 2015

Consumers are maximizing their time and money by finding products and services that combine multiple needs, according to research company Euromonitor International's list of the Top 10 global consumer trends for 2015.

“In 2015, the sharing economy is growing and disrupting the way in which individuals think of space and ownership," said the report’s author and Euromonitor consumer trends consultant Daphne Kasriel-Alexander. "Consumers are increasingly preoccupied with access to goods rather than owning them outright.”

2014 Holiday Sales Highest Since 2011

It appears that confident consumers stocked up on holiday gifts and other merchandise over the 2014 holiday season, helping boost overall holiday retail sales to their highest level since 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

Online Shopping Proves Successful for Beauty Sector

Forty-seven percent of U.S. online shoppers of beauty and personal-care products have shopped more frequently in 2014 than 2013, according to a study out Dec. 16 from A.T. Kearney. “Beauty and the E-Commerce Beast: 2014 Edition” lays out the results of a consumer survey of online beauty and personal-care shoppers.

Retail Sales Increased 0.6% in November

Holiday shoppers took advantage of deep discounting and early sales to lift retail spending in November, says the National Retail Federation. Not including automobiles, gasoline stations or restaurants, retail sales increased 0.6% seasonally-adjusted over October and 3.2% unadjusted over November 2013. Gains were consistent with NRF’s holiday sales forecast, which anticipates an increase of 4.1% over last year.

More Holiday Shoppers Pay With Smartphones

Nearly 30% of U.S. smartphone owners plan to use mobile payment offerings, such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet, for shopping in stores this holiday shopping season, according to the 2014 Holiday Mobile Payments Survey from Stratos, creator of the Bluetooth Connected Card Platform.

In fact, 17% of the smartphone users said they would spend more because of these new payment options. Smartphone users wanted to use mobile payments applications such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet in these locations for the holidays:

ULTA Beauty Releases Its Third-Quarter 2014 Results

ULTA Beauty announced Dec. 4 its financial results for the third-quarter 2014 and first nine months that ended Nov. 1, as compared to the same periods that ended Nov. 2, 2013.