"Footwear sales in the U.S. are forecasted to increase through 2021 on account of strong growth in the sport leisure category, according to The Future of Footwear, a new report from The NPD Group forecasting growth and declines across key categories. Furthermore, sport leisure (which is dominated by athletic-inspired casual sneakers, and also includes sport slides and skate shoes) is expected to surpass fashion as the largest footwear category in 2020."
"If you have young children in school, you’ve probably worried about them picking up lice. An estimated six to 12 million people deal with this itchy problem every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
"We’re fast approaching the holiday shopping season, when you can expect to find lots of high-quality TVs for sale at great prices, says Consumer Reports. In 2019, those deals may look particularly attractive if you’re hankering for a big television."
"Consumers are changing how they wear watches, and total watch market sales have risen 17% to $9.5 billion in the 12 months ending June 2019. Smartwatches have driven much of this growth, but an increasing number of consumers under 35 years of age are embracing the fine watch segment, according a new report from The NPD Group, How Watch Customers Tick — from Smart to Luxury."
Homeowners who decide to undergo a home improvement project, whether it be interior or exterior modifications, often find that the task was worth the investment and time, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
"Payment plans for automotive repairs turn new customers into repeat customers, reports Modern Tire Dealer. 'It’s something you want to offer your clients when they don’t have the money,' says Jenny Moran, who handles the auto service payment plans for Mac Wheels and Tires LLC in Salt Lake City, Utah."
“'The most important thing we’ve learned about coffee over the past 20 years is that there’s very little indication that it’s bad for you,' says Edward Giovannucci, M.D., a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 'If anything, there’s more evidence that it may be healthy to drink.'”
"Property owners have long put up with the pricey multiyear contracts, extensive wiring, and ugly sensors that home security systems have traditionally required. But today’s do-it-yourself security systems are changing all that, says Consumer Reports."
"When the dust settles on those first chaotic weeks of getting kids back to school, parents turn their attention to a bigger challenge: how to help their child make the most of this academic year and the years to come."
"Are men going to save the day? With sales of women’s beauty products relatively stagnant over the last few years, many industry officials are turning to the men’s grooming industry as a savior of sorts, reports Drug Store News."
Being overweight or obese is commonly associated with diabetes, but a new Kaiser Permanente study finds the connection differs widely by race or ethnicity. Members of racial and ethnic minority groups were much more likely to have diabetes or prediabetes at lower weights, even at normal or below-normal body mass index (BMI), according to research published in Diabetes Care.