The mass nail care market has grown by leaps and bounds since 2009, dwarfing the relatively sleepy growth rates in other cosmetics categories. The explosive growth in mass-market sales of nail care products continued into 2012, as nail care sales grew 26% for the 52 weeks ending April 15, 2012.
The Nail Care Market in the U.S.: Retail Products and Professional Services probes deeply into the trends driving the growth in nail care product sales. These include a nailcentric fashion culture that has transformed women’s nails into fashion accessories, a continuing flood of innovative, fashion-forward nail care products that empower women to imitate nail salon effects in their own home in a cost-effective way and a growing population of women who make frequent use of DIY nail care products. The report also includes a surprising take on how the growing number of women who spend heavily on professional nail care services will help drive the continuing growth in sales of DIY nail care products.
The report begins with topline findings about major trends in the mass nail care market, including key factors affecting the growth of the market and a projection of dollar sales through 2016. The next chapter profiles leading marketers in the nail care category, identifies which marketers gained and lost market share for the 52 weeks ending April 15, 2012 and analyzes the reasons why. The report continues with a detailed examination of the sales performance of leading brands and products within the major segments of the nail care market, including nail polish, artificial nails and accessories, nail accessories/implements and nail treatment products, nail polish removers and nail polish accessories. The next chapter provides an in-depth assessment of the nail care consumer that includes an analysis of the characteristics of frequent users of DIY nail care products and profiles of users of major nail care brands. The report concludes with a chapter analyzing the demographic characteristics and consumer attitudes of women using professional nail care services, with an emphasis on “salonistas,” women who have had two or more manicures in the past six months.
Scope and Methodology
The Nail Care Market in the U.S. defines the mass nail care market on the basis of data generated by SymphonyIRI InfoScan Reviews, which track sales through U.S. supermarkets and grocery stores, drugstores, and mass merchandisers (including Target and Kmart but excluding Walmart) with annual sales of $2 million or more. SymphonyIRI InfoScan divides the nail care category into the following major product types or segments: nail polish, nail accessories/implements, nail treatment products, artificial nails and accessories, nail polish removers and nail polish accessories.
There are two principal sources of primary data in this report. The first is SymphonyIRI InfoScan Reviews as described above. The second is the Fall 2011 Simmons Experian National Consumer Study (NCS), which was fielded between October 2010 and November 2011. Experian Simmons conducts telephone and booklet-based surveys of a large and random sample of consumers who in aggregate represent a statistically accurate cross-section of the U.S. population. Each Experian Simmons NCS survey release involves a sample of approximately 25,000 respondents.
The report is also based upon data collected from a wide range of industry sources, including company websites, trade publications, business newspapers and magazines; consumer blogs; and annual reports, 10Ks and other releases from public companies
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