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Fewer Women Shopped for Beauty in 2014

The vast majority of U.S. women—eight out of 10—shop for beauty products, but a 4% drop in 2014 brought the industry to its lowest level of shoppers since 2008, according to the Annual Beauty Consumer Economic Indicator, the latest beauty report from global information company The NPD Group.

Americans Have Highest Smartphone Usage

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smartphones—more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world—according to a new monthly report from measurement firm Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries.

Consumers Buy More Online in Winter

An average of 34% of consumers buy more online in winter than at other times of the year, according to the participants of a survey conducted by One Hour Translation in eight key world markets during the latter half of January 2015. Winter is defined as January and February in seven countries; June, July and August in Australia.

The countries breakdown is as follows:

Promotions Influence Shopping Decisions

Promotions help determine where a customer shops and what they buy, according to a recent study by RetailMeNot, a marketplace for digital offers. The study, which was conducted using Google Consumer Surveys (and other third-party research) unveils several stages of the consumer shopping journey and demonstrates how promotions have a significant impact at each stage along the way.

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.