October 17, 2017

Americans in Rural Areas More Likely to Die by Suicide

Rural counties consistently had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties from 2001-2015, according to data released in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. There were more than half a million suicides during the 2001–2015 study period.

October 13, 2017

Watch Market Faced with Opposing Generational Demands

Less than half of U.S. consumers wear watches, whether daily, occasionally, or limited to special occasions, reports The NPD Group. According to the Consumer Watch Report, a recent report from NPD and their partner, CivicScience, Baby Boomers tend to be daily watch wearers, making them a core consumer for the market, but this segment is displaying the most vulnerability and erosion in sales.

October 12, 2017

Day Spas Get Salty with Clients

"Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, a venerable treatment in Central Europe and Asia, is now being offered at spas, resorts and stand-alone facilities in the United States in the form of salt beds, salt rooms and salt booths," The New York Times reports. "Floors and walls that are lined with salt blocks and salt crystals, and zero-gravity chairs (recliners designed to relax the back), are the norm.

October 9, 2017

Report Highlights Tech Opportunities for Credit Unions

The explosion of the Internet of Things represents a massive opportunity for credit unions, according to a new report by Javelin Strategy & Research. The white paper discusses how the IoT; connected payments from IoT devices; and new banking technologies, such as biometrics, are impacting the financial services industry.

October 6, 2017

Major Appliance Shoppers Expect Discounts

Seventy-six percent of Baby Boomers will not pay full price when shopping for home electronics, home appliances, furniture, smartphones and vehicles, according to the first in a series of reports by First Insight, a technology company transforming how leading retailers make product investment and pricing decisions.

October 4, 2017

Showcase Personality Traits to Win Over Auto Show Attendees

It's not just the practicalities that differentiate car manufacturers — new research from YouGov Profiles shows how the different marques have different personalities, too. There's a more general sense of what each car brand represents. What does a Ford logo convey, and how is that different from Dodge? These factors help shape the decision process of future car buyers.

October 3, 2017

Weight Loss Counselors Promote Financial Benefits of Dieting

Helping an adult lose weight leads to significant cost savings at any age, with those savings peaking at age 50, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. The findings, which will be published online September 26 in the journal Obesity, suggests that a 20-year-old adult who goes from being obese to overweight would save an average of $17,655 in direct medical costs and productivity losses over their lifetime.

October 2, 2017

Halloween Spending to Reach Record $9.1 Billion

With more people celebrating, Americans will splurge on costumes, candy and pumpkins for a record $9.1 billion in Halloween spending this year, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The figure is up 8.3 percent from last year’s previous record of $8.4 billion.

September 29, 2017

Consumers are Rediscovering their Dining Rooms

For many overscheduled families, “dining” has been reduced in recent years to grabbing a plate of food at a kitchen island or on an ottoman in front of a screen. Even in homes that have a separate dining room, the table is regularly commandeered for homework. But there are signs that we are heading back to the dinner table, designers say, according to a piece in Washington Post.

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