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2008-08-28 21:00:28

By wire CHICAGO -- Once relegated to the dank corners of the basement, shoppers are re-embracing the deep freezer, stashing bulk-sized purchases of meats, fruits and vegetables there as they work to combat rising food prices. Across the country, shoppers bought more than 1.1 million freezers during the first six months of the year -- up more than 7 percent from the same period last year, according to research firm NPD Group. That rings up to nearly $400 million in freezer sales -- a...

2008-08-20 09:01:04

According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, many of the most avid movie ticket buyers in the U.S. enjoy watching movies in the theater for social reasons that go beyond simple economic calculations. One-third of moviegoers head to the theaters four or more times in an average three-month period, and these consumers remain positive about spending their money on entertainment content -- and on movie outings in particular. NPD's "Entertainment Trends in America" reports...

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2008-08-07 12:35:00

Last year, when Apple (AAPL) unveiled its iPhone and made it available in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T, the debut sent ripples throughout the cell-phone industry. Handset maker Palm suffered as consumers swooned for Apple's phone, according to surveys by consultancy NPD. AT&T benefited by pulling subscribers from rival carriers Alltel (AT) and T-Mobile USA (DT). So will Apple's new phone, the iPhone 3G, have a similar effect? Early evidence since the new device's July 11 debut...

2008-08-05 09:00:27

According to the latest MusicWatch consumer surveys from The NPD Group, a leading market research company, the five leading music retailers in the U.S. for the first half of 2008 (January through June, based on purchases of CDs and a-la-carte digital music downloads) ranked as follows: 1. iTunes 2. Wal-Mart (Walmart, Walmart.com, Walmart Music Downloads) 3. Best Buy (Best Buy, Bestbuy.com, Best Buy Digital Music Store) 4. Amazon (Amazon.com, AmazonMP3.com) 5. Target (Target and...

2008-06-18 18:00:26

Athletic shoe companies are targeting very young pre-athletes as a ready supply of U.S. customers with fast-growing feet, industry analysts said. New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. is gearing up for a marketing blitz aimed at infants and toddlers expected to yield revenues of $10 million by 2010, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday. The company has television celebrities Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch to help push its new Sesame Street collection, which debuts next month, the...

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2008-04-18 13:25:00

Although many U.S. consumers say they support recycling, a large number are not recycling electronic appliances and other gadgets, despite various programs providing hassle-free ways of doing so.Dispensing with televisions, computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment by putting them in the trash is becoming increasingly unacceptable. Indeed, some states, such as Massachusetts, have banned the practice altogether. And many local authorities, charities and companies around the country...

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2008-01-18 11:20:00

According to the NPD Group, more video games were sold in the U.S. in 2007 than in any other year, with retail sales hitting $17.94 billion. This fueled by Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Microsoft's "Halo 3".The market researcher told AP that total video game sales grew 43 percent, up from $12.53 billion in 2006. In December, historically the industry's strongest month, Americans spent $4.82 billion on video games, up 28 percent from a year earlier and up 83 percent from $2.63 billion in November.NPD...

2006-07-23 09:59:01

By Nicole Maestri NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. retailers have already shifted into back-to-school mode, but shoppers are not quite ready to fill their backpacks with supplies for the new school year, a survey by market research firm The NPD Group found. Consumers are expected to start shopping later this summer for back-to-school items than they did last year, and they want to spend about the same amount of money as they did in 2005, the online survey of more than 34,000 shoppers....

2006-06-10 09:28:13

LOS ANGELES -- In households with children, the screen being watched is more likely to be a PC than a television. A recent study by the NPD Group found that 94% of households with children ages 4-14 had a computer. That edges out TVs, which the consulting firm's report, "Kids and Consumer Electronics," found are in slightly less than 90% of households with that group represented. Kids own their own electronic products as well, most often a video game system of some kind (slightly more than...

2006-02-13 15:43:52

LOS ANGELES -- U.S. video game sales were down 5 percent to $357 million in January, the fifth consecutive month of declines, as the industry moves to new video game console technology, analysts said on Monday, citing data from market research firm NPD Group. Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter said sales of games for current-generation consoles declined roughly as expected, but sales of next-generation titles failed to rise as much as anticipated. Analysts said video game...