Phoenix, AZ (August 25, 2010) – Sales and customer traffic levels continue to gradually increase as the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Salon & Spa Performance Index (SSPI) hit a record high in the second quarter of 2010. The Salon & Spa Performance Index, a quarterly composite index that tracks the health and outlook for the U.S. salon/spa industry, stood at 103.6 in the second quarter, up 0.5 percent from its first quarter level and continuing a rising trend.

“The beauty industry touches just about every consumer every day in some form or another. As the broader economy continues to show signs of rebounding, the Salon & Spa Performance Index from the Professional Beauty Association is a good measure of how consumers are returning to normal, everyday products and services as their optimism increases,” states Sam Leyvas, associate executive director for the Professional Beauty Association. 

The SSPI is based on the responses to PBA’s Salon & Spa Industry Tracking Survey, which is fielded quarterly among salon/spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators. It is constructed so that the health of the salon/spa industry is measured in relation to a steady-state level of 100. Index values above 100 indicate that key industry indicators are in a period of expansion, while index values below 100 represent a period of contraction. 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 102.2 in the second quarter–up 1.8 percent from its first quarter level. In addition, the Current Situation Index rose above 100 for the second consecutive time, which represents expansion in the current situation indicators.

With the record rise in the Current Situation Index, a majority of salon/spa owners reported higher service sales in the second quarter. In addition, the industry’s labor indicators registered their strongest performance in the six-quarter history of the SSPI, with staffing levels and employee hours increasing.

The Expectations Index, which measures salon/spa owners’ six month outlook, considers the following five industry indicators: service sales, retail sales, employees and hours, capital expenditures and business conditions. With an index decline of 0.7 percent from the first quarter, salon/spa owners showed less optimism about overall industry growth and future economic conditions; although, 80 percent of salon/spa owners said they expect higher service sales within six months and have maintained an overall very positive outlook since the SSPI survey began.

While salon/spa owners might have a less optimistic look for the economy, however, the outlook for capital spending activity has remained steady in recent months. In fact, 56 percent of salon/spa owners expect to make capital expenditures for equipment and remodeling purposes in the next six months, a 1 percent decrease from the first quarter. 

The full SSPI report and the Salon & Spa Tracking Survey can be found at www.probeauty.org/research.

The Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) purpose is to advance the professional beauty industry by providing its members with business tools, government advocacy, education, networking, events and more to ensure business and career success with integrity. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers and beginning in 2010, licensed professionals with the addition of the National Cosmetology Association (NCA). Visit probeauty.org or call (800) 468-2274 to learn more.

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