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Bath products advance with innovation – more on Monday

New York -- The bath products category inched up one percentage point in total sales in 2006 to $3.737 billion, in a year when a fluctuating economy kept retailers and vendors focused on products that were “basic” and “safe,” or proven sellers.

The period gave yawning players a wake-up call that there should be more room for innovation, fashion -- and particularly some risk -- to keep the business growing.

Read more in Monday's issue when HTT publishes its annual Bath report, detailing a breakdown of sales by distribution and product mix.