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Report: U.S. retail sales rise 3.5% during holiday season

BY Dan Berthiaume

PURCHASE, N.Y. — U.S. retail sales reportedly rose 3.5% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, 2013 compared to the same period in the prior year. According to data from MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, sales of holiday-related categories, such as clothing, electronics and luxury goods, rose 2.3%, after rising 0.7% in 2012.

The categories of jewelry and children’s apparel showed the strongest sales improvements, while men’s and women’s apparel performed the poorest compared to the previous year. Electronics and non-jewelry luxury items reported flat sales. Discounts reportedly helped fuel holiday sales growth.

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Dark and Lovely goes beyond gentle

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — SoftSheen-Carson in September introduced its Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Beyond Gentle & Sulfate-Free Wash.

Part of the Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage line, the new wash is a gentle shampoo that is specifically formulated for naturalistas who frequently wash their hair. The wash is formulated with mango oil and bamboo milk for wash and go curls and coils. The suggested retail price is $9.99.

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Natural from the inside out

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SLIDELL, La. — Brock Beauty is helping women nourish hair from the inside out with its Hairfinity hair growth vitamin supplement.

Infused with such ingredients as vitamin D, B-12, an exclusive Capilsana Complex, niacin and biotin, Hairfinity promises to deliver faster growing, longer and stronger hair.

Recognizing the natural hair trend, Hairfinity held in September the Let Your Hair Down Expo!, New York City’s largest natural hair care event, which included a series of panels and workshops on natural hair techniques.

In other news, the company is launching a new promotional campaign with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who was recently named its first brand ambassador.

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