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Mio Skincare Partners with Intelix Solutions

Mio High Intensity Bodycare , a line of skincare products, has collaborated with leading medical device and product-based company Intelix Solutions , who will distribute Mio Skincare products and results-oriented homecare protocols to weight loss clinics and medical practices. “The bodycare category has been largely ignored by the medical community,” says Andy Moulton, executive vice president of business development and operations for Intelix Solutions. “Mio’s products are ideal for creating a comprehensive patient program that includes body contouring procedures and homecare.” Mio Bodycare was chosen for visible results, retail-friendly packaging, and the ability to enhance the results of body contouring...

U.S. Retail Sales Continue to Increase

According to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse survey, most U.S. retail industries continued to show solid gains in March 2011. Electronics sales and department store sales showed modest gains, while the luxury and e-commerce sectors recorded strong growth. Additionally, some segments of the restaurant sector also showed strength in March 2011, and the travel sectors, particularly airlines, saw improvement as well—although the growth in airline spending may be attributable in part to fuel surcharges. Total apparel sales recorded its eighth consecutive year-over-year sales gains, increasing by 4.4 percent year-over-year. All but one of the apparel sub-sectors recorded year-over-year sales growth in...

PBA Salon & Spa Performance Index Shows Spa Industry Recovery

Driven by stronger service and retail sales, the Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Salon & Spa Performance Index (SSPI) rose to 103.5 in the fourth quarter--up 0.2 percent from the third quarter and the second highest level on record. The SSPI is a quarterly composite index that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. salon/spa industry. Following a modest decline in the third quarter of 2010, salon/spa owners are now becoming more optimistic with the future outlook of the beauty industry. 'These results are significant and show how the beauty industry remains strong through tough economic conditions,' said Steve Sleeper,...

The Professional Beauty Association's Salon & Spa Performance Index Records

The Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Salon & Spa Performance Index (SSPI) recorded a modest decline of 0.3 percent for the third quarter of 2010 to stand at 103.3. The SSPI is a quarterly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. salon/spa industry. Following a record high in the second quarter of 2010 at 103.6, the SSPI remains in positive territory and is up 1.4 percent year-over-year. Softer retail sales and customer traffic levels in the third quarter are attributed to the decline, a first for the Index. 'Even with a slight decline in the Salon...

New research shows consumer interest in health and wellness on the rise

Consumers are continuing to increase spending on products for health and wellness – with a renewed focus on whole foods as a foundation, according to a new report from the Hartman Group. “More than ever, consumers view fresh, real and clean food as the foundation for health and wellness,” the market research organization reported. “Consumers believe that a fresh, real and clean diet is the first step to treating and preventing disease, supporting vitality and mental energy.” The organization carried out an online survey involving 2744 respondents to find out about US consumers’ attitudes toward health and wellness, their sources...