CHAIN STORE WINNERS
It’s already shaping up as a good year for mass market color cosmetics. Total category sales are up 8 percent to $3.3 billion, according to Information Resources Inc. Facial makeup is coming in as one of the strongest segments, with a 16.1 percent jump to $1.1 billion. Another strong category — eye makeup — is up 9 percent for sales of $897 million. Lipstick is showing strength with 6.6 percent growth to $781.3 million, while nail polish sales remain weak with a 8.5 percent decline to $427.4 million. Here are report cards on some of the market’s leading brands for 52 weeks ended April 23.