Sales of prestige beauty products in US department stores rise 12% to US$2.6B in Q1, with fragrance sales rising 9%, skin-care sales up 14%, makeup sales increasing 13%: NPD Group

RAMSEY, New Jersey , May 21, 2013 () – Sales of prestige beauty products in US department stores surged 12% to $2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2013, according to The NPD Group.

“Gains in both skin care and makeup are happening in many areas, but smaller segments and sub-segments, as well as sets and kits, are making a large impact within both categories. Fragrance continues to be driven by premium offerings, including juices over $100,” said Karen Grant, vice president and global industry analyst, The NPD Group, Inc.

More specifically, fragrance sales (representing 21%t of prestige beauty dollars) rose 9%; skin care sales (38%) grew 14% and makeup sales (41%) grew 13%.

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