“For the first time this year, salon/spa owners reported a net increase in service sales. However, they also reported that retail sales continue to be soft,” said Sam Leyvas, PBA’s director of government affairs. “Long term we are seeing growing optimism on the part of salon/spa owners both in terms of service and retail sales in the months ahead.
The SSPI is based on the responses to PBA’s Salon/Spa Industry Tracking Survey, which is fielded quarterly among 800 salon/spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators including service and retail sales, customer traffic, employee/hours and capital expenditures. The Index consists of two components — the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index.
The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, customer traffic, employees/hours and capital expenditures), stood at 99.1 in the third quarter – down 0.6 percent from its second quarter level of 99.7. The Current Situation Index has remained below 100 throughout 2009, which represents contraction in the current situation indicators.
For the first time in 2009, salon/spa owners reported a net increase in service sales, meaning more owners reported higher sales than lower sales. Thirty-eight percent of salon/spa owners reported an increase in same-store service sales between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009, while 36 percent reported a sales decline.
Although salon/spa owners reported an improvement in service sales in the third quarter, they continued to report soft retail sales. Forty-seven percent of salon/spa owners reported lower retail sales in the third quarter while thirty-six percent of salon/spa owners reported higher retail sales between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009.
The Expectations Index, which measures salon/spa owners’ six-month outlook for five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, employees, capital expenditures and business conditions), rose 0.7 percent in the third quarter to a level of 104.6. The Expectations Index remains well above 100, which indicates that salon/spa owners are optimistic about industry growth in the months ahead.
Third quarter growth in the Expectations Index was driven by growing optimism for both service and retail sales in the months ahead. Fully seven out of 10 salon/spa owners said they expect to have higher service sales in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year). Only 8 percent of salon/spa owners expect their service sales volume in six months to be lower than it was during the same period in the previous year.
Salon/spa owners are also much more optimistic about stronger retail sales in the months ahead. Sixty-one percent of salon/spa owners said they expect to have higher retail sales in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year. In comparison, just 9 percent expect their retail sales to decline in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year).
“PBA takes pride in providing timely and relevant economic data to the marketplace,” said Sam Leyvas “doing so is critical to our mission as the industry’s leading trade association.”
The new season is a perfect time to try and carry a different look. While shops will be soon full of fabulous and gorgy on-trend fashion buys, the biggest style revamp you can make is a fresh new hairstyle. Hair this fall is all about extreme and ultimate styling. Check out some chunky hairstyles for autumn.
Long, flowing hair is the ultimate top hair trend this fall. If you’re already having long hair or your hair grows fast, then you’re in luck. Get-in-style with those long hairs in retro waves, loose beach waves or smooth and sleek hairstyles. Carrie Underwood looks very elegant in these voluminous long hair. Quality extensions can be accessed to make different hairstyles for ladies with short hairs.
It seems that 40’s are coming back this season with 1940’s dress trends and hair styles. Mermaid styleis becoming popular these days for its classic and elegant look. Hilary Duff was caught in this beautiful mermaid haircut.
Victoria Beckham & Katie Holmes are trend setters and they introduced Pixie Bob in 2008. But the trend still seems to be in fashion for 2009. Victoria Beckham managed to pull off the look by over-styling and wearing with ultra-feminine clothes. The challenge for this cut is simply that it should always be well styled. Otherwise it will create a tired middle-aged housewife look.
Cropped bob was ruling 2008 with many A-listers cutting their hair shorter and setting this trend on and off the red carpet. As for the fall 2009, this trend will remain similar with slight changes added to the overall tendency. In short, forget about bob, try something extremely short, girly, sexual or extremely slick.
The cropped bob is much chunkier than pixie bob and is usually one length, right below the ears with blunt shorter layers and bangs.
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