PRO INDUSTRY GOING STRONG: The Professional Beauty Association’s Salon & Spa Performance Index has hit a record high, driven by stronger retail sales, customer traffic, labor and capital spending. The PBA SSPI rose to 104 in the first quarter, up 0.4 percent from fourth-quarter 2010 and up 0.8 percent year over year. The SSPI is a quarterly composite index that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. salon-spa industry and is based on responses to PBA’s “Salon & Spa Industry Tracking Survey,” which is fielded quarterly among salon-spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators.

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