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Luxury Brands Must Prepare For A Reset: Here’s The How And Why

Over the last three years, the luxury market has experienced a whirlwind of change. In the lead-up to the pandemic, the personal luxury goods market grew 7 percent in 2019, reaching $300 billion globally. Then in 2020, it suffered a sharp decline, dropping an unprecedented 22 percent to $235 billion, followed by a remarkable rebound […]

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HENRYs Are Preparing For An Economic Downturn: Luxury Brands Must Too

Peloton, the maker of high-end, digitally-enhanced exercise equipment that enjoyed a bump during the pandemic only to crash spectacularly afterwards, just announced it is laying off 500 employees, about 12 percent of its existing workforce following three rounds of layoffs earlier this year. Store closures accounted for most of the last round in June, but […]

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Rising Lipstick Sales Confirms ‘Lipstick Effect’ Is Beauty’s Leading Economic Indicator

In beauty circles, the Lipstick Effect, also called the Lipstick Index, is claimed to be the category’s leading economic indicator. The concept is that in times of a recession and other economic stresses, women will indulge in discretionary purchases that provide an emotional uplift without breaking the budget. Lipstick fits the bill. While the lipstick […]

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Retail Reset Coming as Inflation Takes Its Toll on Shoppers

It’s been almost two years to the day since Covid threw retailers and shoppers for a loop. Forced to adapt, both retailers and the shoppers responded remarkably well and as the threat of the pandemic diminished, retail’s 2021 recovery was remarkable as well. Retail sales advanced 14% and it seemed things were returning to normal […]

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It’ll Be a ‘Do or Die’ Holiday for Retailers with Consumers Spending 7% Less

With consumers feeling financial stress, a new Deloitte survey finds holiday spending will be off 7%. On a positive note, consumers will spend less traveling and dining out and will indulge in more self-gifting.

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