SPLISH SPLASH: According to New York-based information provider Packaged Facts, the market for bath-and-shower products is expected to soar in 2003. Packaged Facts cites new developments in technology and multifunctionality to poise the bath-and-shower category for tremendous growth, quite a turn from the category’s slump over the past three years. "If successful, the changes in product, distribution and retail tactics will pull the market out of its temporary decline and result in a 7.4 percent compound annual growth rate, producing an overall market value of over $3.7 billion by 2006," the company said in a statement. WELLNESS WEEK: Diana Dolling-Ross, vice president and merchandise manager for Town & Country, a Ridgewood, N.J.-based beauty boutique, is getting ready to host the store’s fifth annual Wellness Week, in which dozens of health-and-beauty care companies offer free services to customers. From October 7-12, companies such as Bumble and bumble, Roger & Gallet, Metagenics, Dr. Hauschka and Bloom will offer everything from free samples to facials to skin consultations. Participants will offer their services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.NEW LOOK: Freeman Cosmetics has signed on Young & Rubicam in Chicago for its bold new print advertising campaign to appear in October beauty magazines. The ads focus on Freeman’s ingredients, and compare them to more drastic beauty treatments such as plastic surgery.

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