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Nielsen Announces New Beauty Market Agreement with NPD

Firms will Co-Produce Beauty Cross Channel Monitor, the Most Comprehensive Report Available on the Beauty Market Today

Schaumburg, U.S. – April 24, 2014 – Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, today announced a new agreement with The NPD Group, a global information company, to jointly produce the quarterly U.S. Beauty Cross Channel Monitor. The report is the most comprehensive review on the U.S. beauty market performance available to the industry currently, providing the only total market view spanning both the Prestige and Mass retail channels.

“The new agreement allows Nielsen and NPD to offer clients an unparalleled depth of insight and actionable intelligence,” said John Lewis, President, Americas, Nielsen. “This will enable clients to make more informed business decisions and capitalize on new market opportunities.”

“We are committed to delivering the best information, insights, and solutions for our clients in all of the industries we serve,” said Karyn Schoenbart, President and Chief Operating Officer, NPD. “We look forward to collaborating with Nielsen on this critical overview of the beauty marketplace.”    

The Beauty Cross Channel Monitor will combine Nielsen and NPD point-of-sale data across food, drug, prestige department stores, and all retail outlets combined, providing a precise read on sales and performance for all beauty categories including dollar sales, unit sales and average retail price, in addition to a ranking of the top 75-100 brands.

The two organizations have worked together closely to create more refined product definitions, creating a more comprehensive view of product performance. This will allow brand marketers to better evaluate the performance of categories, segments and brands across major beauty distribution channels to better understand and respond to new U.S. beauty market opportunities.

This is the second market information agreement between Nielsen and The NPD Group in 2014. The two firms are collaborating in the Offices Supplies market. As part of that arrangement, Nielsen is serving as NPD’s preferred analytics partner for NPD clients in the Office Supplies market, enabling clients to fully capitalize on the expanded market coverage to optimize current marketing programs, including analysis of a client’s marketing mix.  

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit

About The NPD Group, Inc.

The NPD Group provides global information and advisory services to drive better business decisions. By combining unique data assets with unmatched industry expertise, we help our clients track their markets, understand consumers, and drive profitable growth. Sectors covered include automotive, beauty, consumer electronics, entertainment, fashion, food/foodservice, home, luxury, mobile, office supplies, sports, technology, toys and video games. For more information, visit and Follow us on Twitter: @npdgroup.


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