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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.

Consumers Spend Big Over Thanksgiving Weekend, Cyber Monday

Fifty-five percent of holiday shoppers were expected to be in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation’s Thanksgiving Weekend Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

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.

Marketing to Multiethnic Consumers Intensifies

Thirty percent, or 9 million, of 2010 U.S. census takers indicated mixed-raced heritage—up from 6.8 million in 2000; and more specifically, 16% indicated Hispanic and 13% indicated Black. Subsequently, the multicultural beauty products market continues to outpace the growth of the overall market for cosmetics and toiletries, posting a 3.7% increase in 2014, within an estimated $400 billion global beauty industry.

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.

Small, Medium Businesses Dominate Social Media Business Promotion

Small, Medium Businesses Dominate Social Media Business Promotion

Small and medium businesses use social media to promote their businesses more than any other category, according to the latest BIA/Kelsey Local Commerce Monitor, which is conducted online with research partner Ipsos. More specifically, 74.5% of SMBs use social media to promote their businesses.