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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.

Lab42 Survey Reveals Millennial Women's Preferences Buying Makeup

Lab42 Survey Reveals Millennial Women's Preferences Buying Makeup

Beauty store owners and managers, note: Millennial women are loyal to their favorite makeup brands. Sixty-eight percent say that even in a tough economy they'd opt for their preferred brands rather than less expensive products.

That's according to a survey of 500 U.S. women ages 18 to 34 who purchase makeup conducted earlier this month by market-research company Lab42.

About That "Showrooming" Going On in Your Beauty Store ...

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About That "Showrooming" Going On in Your Beauty Store ...

I'm totally fascinated by "showrooming"—the term for people who visit brick and mortars to try out products but then check their mobile devices there for the best price online. The practice is transforming shopping—even with beauty products and, yes, inside your beauty store.

Sharing, With a Twist

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Online consumer privacy survey

It might be a difficult idea to comprehend, but believe it or not, consumers are more trusting of sharing their information with retailers instead of social-media networks—especially if it enhances the shopping experience.

That's according to the the e-tailing group and MyBuys. Recently, they jointly conducted an online survey of 1,000 consumers that examined the evolving relationship between consumers, retailers and social media. Notable findings:

    Don’t Make ’Em Wait

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    I hate to wait in line. And, I imagine you might too. How much of an impact do you think this modern-day shopping temperament has on your business?

    A recent survey commissioned by Great Clips Online Check-in reveals that customers are wholly displeased with waiting even 10 minutes in a retail outlet.

    The chain salon recently launched a timesaving online check-in system for customers and surveyed consumers about their experiences with waiting as part of a campaign to introduce the online check-in app.