Industry Reports

Published on: 07/23/2019
Capstone Headwaters’ Q3 E-Commerce & Internet Retailing Coverage Report discusses the growth of online retail platforms and the significant opportunity for e-commerce operators to capitalize on the increased demand for personalized and efficient shopping solutions.  To learn more about the content of the report or Capstone Headwaters’ Consumer & Retail practice, please reach out to Lisa Tolliver. 
Published on: 07/11/2019
Capstone Headwaters’ has posted its Q3 2019 Personal Care Executive Summary which highlights key industry and merger and acquisition (M&A) trends. The utilization of social media has allowed independent (indie) personal care brands to target and engage large audiences at a relatively low direct-to-consumer (D2C) marketing cost, strengthening brand recognition and sales growth.
Published on: 06/17/2019
While restaurants continue to be challenged by declining traffic and increasing labor costs, same-store sales rebounded to show a 1.1% increase in May and provide a cautiously optimistic outlook for the industry, according to TDn2K’s Black Box Intelligence. Additionally, top emerging brands continued to grow their footprints in excess of 35% on average, highlighting the ongoing bifurcation in the industry.
Published on: 06/05/2019
The E-commerce & Internet Retailing market has experienced substantial growth with sales increasing at an average rate of 15.8% year-over-year (YOY) since 2009, according to the US Census Bureau. Favorable macroeconomic tailwinds during this period have held steady with most recent data indicating a 2.3% YOY increase in per capita disposable incomes in March, according to the Federal Reserve, and a 4% month-over-month increase in the April consumer confidence index, according to The Conference Board.
Published on: 05/28/2019
US outdoor activity has been robust in recent years, as consumers with heightened levels of disposable income pursue activities that promote healthy lifestyle trends. As a result of rising disposable incomes and increased consumer confidence, retail sales in March increased 1.6% compared to February and 3.6% year-over-year (YOY), according to the US Census Bureau.
Published on: 05/20/2019
Robust US pet expenditures, fueled by pet humanization and the subsequent heightened demand for food and health products that promote pet lifespan extensions, are expected to continue in 2019. Spending in the industry is expected to reach $75.4 billion in 2019, representing 3.9%year-over-year growth, according to the American Pet Products Association.
Published on: 05/03/2019
More than one million restaurant locations exist in the US today and competition for customers is fierce. At the same time, operators are navigating a challenging shift in consumer preferences. As Baby Boomers retire and Millennials and Gen Xers show a preference for healthier, on-trend food largely from independent and small chains, many of the national chains, particularly in the Casual Dining sector, have lost market share.
Published on: 05/01/2019
Sustained growth in disposable incomes has propelled discretionary spending and provided solid growth fundamentals for the Personal Care Products & Services Industry. The Global Cosmetics market alone was valued at over $523 billion in 2017 and is forecasted to increase at an annualized rate of 7.15% through 2023, according to CB Insights.
Published on: 04/29/2019
Market volatility at the end of 2018 increased uncertainty among investors and set the stage for a diminished outlook in 2019. Supporting investor caution are uncertainties regarding trade talks between the US and China and the possible slowdown in global economic growth. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecast to 3.3% from 3.5% in April, while the Federal Reserve cut its US growth forecast to 2.1% in March.
Published on: 02/27/2019
In our latest coverage report for the Pet & Animal Care Industry, we explain how humanization within the industry has been a leading catalyst for growth in the market. Consumers have shifted preferences toward premium priced products and expensive veterinary care which have resulted in an estimated $72.1 billion in US Pet industry spending in 2018, according to the most recent American Pet Products Association (APPA) figures.1 Pet food composes the majority of US spending, accounting for an estimated $29.9 billion (41.5%).