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January 29, 2012 | Adam Tschorn
Custom-made men's dress shirts were once considered the privileged peacockery of the moneyed set -- a dash of sartorial swagger that could be afforded only by Hollywood A-listers, Wall Street bankers and monocle-wearing aristocrats of a bygone era. But today, thanks to advances in technology, a competitive market and consumer demand, custom clothing has moved within the barrel-cuffed arm's reach of the common man. Click a button in Burbank and...
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December 15, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule. The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a campaign to stop drivers from wasting millions of gallons of oil annually because they have their vehicles serviced too often. "Our survey data found that nearly half of California drivers are still changing their oil at 3,000 miles or even sooner," said Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, which has launched the Check Your Number campaign to encourage drivers to go with the manufacturer's recommendations.
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September 5, 2010 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether it's their first Bonne Bell Lip Smackers or playing dress-up with their mothers' lipstick, many girls start experimenting with makeup early. For tweens and teens, one of the rituals of back-to-school time is the fight with Mom over what is and isn't age- and school-appropriate. And, yes, that discussion is starting earlier. Though women ages 18 to 64 are using less makeup, tween girls (ages 8 to 12) are using more, according to a new report from market research firm the NPD Group.
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July 3, 2003 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
Sales of laptop computers in U.S. stores in May outpaced those of desktop computers for the first time, according to a survey by market research firm NPD Group. Laptops accounted for more than 54% of the nearly $500 million in retail computer sales in May, the Port Washington, N.Y., company said Wednesday. That compares with January 2000, when laptops represented less than 25% of sales volume, NPD said.
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October 16, 2010 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
David D. Miller, founder of the Miller's Outpost retail chain that became a shopping mall staple in California and eventually became known as Anchor Blue, has died. He was 86. Miller died Oct. 8 from congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a six-year battle with Parkinson's disease, according to a statement by his family. In 1947, with his brother Lou, he opened Miller's Surplus, an Army and Navy surplus goods store that became a small chain of stores in Southern California.
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December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
While Apple and Microsoft saw their share of laptops sold to businesses and other organizations in the U.S. decrease in 2013, Google dramatically increased its portion of sales. From January through November, Google sold 1.76 million Chromebook laptops in the U.S., up from 400,000 during the same period in 2012, according to a recent report by NPD Group . that tracked sales through commercial channels. That includes devices that were sold to businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations.
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February 9, 2001 | Greg Johnson
School uniform sales grew by 22% over the last two years, reaching $1.1 billion in 2000, according to NPD Group Inc., a Port Washington, N.Y.-based research firm. A survey of 9,000 U.S. households found that 14% of respondents with school-age children had at least one child who is required to wear a uniform. Uniforms now account for 5% of the $20.4-billion children's apparel market. NPD described uniform sales as a "significant share" of the overall children's apparel market.
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November 10, 2013
The love affair with nail polish that ignited during the recession is still going strong. According to a March 2013 report by global market research firm NPD Group, "more than half of women age 18-plus have purchased nail products for at-home use or professional nail services in the past year" and those going to a professional are twice as likely to experiment with sturdy gel polish as they are services like nail art. In the year preceding the report,...
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October 6, 2004 | From Reuters
Most Americans are planning to curb their holiday spending this year, making it a challenging shopping season for U.S. retailers, according to a holiday buying survey by NPD Group. Nine out of 10 consumers said they would spend the same amount as or less than they did in 2003. Americans plan to spend an average of $655 this holiday season, the survey showed Tuesday.
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