INSIDE THE NUMBERS

NEW YORK — The NPD Group entered the ranks of those tracking the prestige cosmetics market when it launched its BeautyTrends program in January of last year. Now, the Port Washington, N.Y.-based firm has finished compiling its figures for all of 1996, analyzing the fragrance and makeup business in over 1,000 department and specialty store doors.
From here through page 20 is a sampling of the results; as usual, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Clinique — aka The Big Three — are the dominant forces in color cosmetics, while Calvin Klein’s CK One, Lauder’s Pleasures and Beautiful and Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy were the standout scents.

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