Monday Miscellany


* After a couple years of declines, the "prestige makeup" category posted a dollar sales increase of 2 percent through the first eight months of 2010. (The NPD Group)

* Fifty-six percent of a survey's registered voters said they've seen "a lot" of campaign commercials this election year; another 14 percent said they have seen "some." Twenty-six percent have received e-mail from candidates or political groups. (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press)

* Among 13-54-year-olds, 21 percent said they use a videogame console system at least once a month to watch TV programs or movies, including DVDs, Blu-ray discs and content accessed via the system's Internet link. (Knowledge Networks)

* Fifty-one percent of women surveyed "would rather stay home and clean the house than spend a day with their mother-in-law." (iVillage)

* Nearly 6 percent of packaged-food products launched this year carry a "whole grain" claim, more than double the figure for 2005. (Mintel)

* Sixty-three percent think the bailout of the financial/banking sector was "bad for the country"; 26 percent think it was "good for the country." (Newsweek)

* Twelve percent of the U.S. population last year was foreign-born. Eleven percent was U.S-born but with at least one parent born abroad. (Census Bureau)

* Sixty-seven percent agreed that "If the opportunity arises, most businesses will take advantage of the public if they feel that they are not likely to be found out." (Yankelovich Monitor)

* Among consumers with household income of $150,000-plus, 22 percent confessed to "making impulse purchases despite efforts to be disciplined." (Luxury Institute)

* Seventy-nine percent "trust" their doctor; 76 percent have a doctor they see on a regular basis. (Rasmussen Reports)

* Forty-five percent think this is a good time to invest in the stock market; 59 percent think it's a good time to invest in real estate. (AP-GfK Poll)