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Instagram Launches Advertising Service In UK

September 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Online photo-sharing platform Instagram launched is advertising service in the UK. Introduced in the United States in 2013, the service will run advertisements from brands, including Waitrose, Rimmel, and Channel 4. Launched in October 2010 as a free iPhone app designed to let users share photos with other people, Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. Instagram ads will feature still photographs, the same template used by Facebook when it launched the service in the US.
Stuart Dredge , "Instagram ads reach the UK with Waitrose, Rimmel and Channel 4", theguardian.com, September 23, 2014, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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L'Oreal India Remains Optimistic About Future Growth Despite Economic Slowdown

September 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal India plans to grow its business by 25–30 percent a year to reach Rs 7,000 crore by 2017, according to the company’s managing director Jean-Christophe Letellier. Despite the slowdown in the Indian beauty market’s growth due to the weakening of the economy, the company remains optimistic about its chances of expanding its business, the executive said. Also, India is forecast to rise from its present ranking as the 17th largest beauty market to become a top 5 market.
Samar Srivastava, "Our Desire Now is to be More Affordable: L'Oreal India MD", Forbes India, September 21, 2014, © Forbes.com
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Avon Uses Ecommerce And Social Media To End Drops In U.S. Revenue And Sales Reps Count

September 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Avon revised its avon.com website as part of its efforts to use ecommerce and social media to stop the decline in number of sales representatives and drop in revenue in the United States. After the redesign, the website now features improved and interactive product photos and videos with beauty tips and recommendations. Avon’s website also features tools designed to help sales representatives customize their site and use social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, to connect with their customers. Since 2007, Avon’s salesforce in North America decreased by half to 300,000 representatives, with U.S. sales dropping by 45 percent in the first half of 2014.
Phil Wahba, "Avon bets on e-commerce makeover to win back Ladies...and save U.S. business", Fortune.com, September 21, 2014, © Time Inc.
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Sheseido Appoints Ahrbeck To New Chief Strategy Officer Position

September 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics company Shiseido Co., Ltd. appointed Ralph Ahrbeck as corporate advisor and chief strategy officer effective October 1, 2014. A newly created position, the job will include various responsibilities, including the overseeing of general management strategy. Ahrbeck’s job is created as part of the company’s efforts to reform its marketing strategies and become a global marketing company.
"Shiseido Appoints Corporate Advisor, Chief Strategy Officer as Part of Marketing Reform Efforts", Shiseido, September 19, 2014, © Shiseido Company, Limited
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Estee Lauder Announces New SVP For Global Marketing

September 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics company Estee Lauder appointed Marie-Pierre Start-Flora as senior vice president for global marketing. Effective on October 6, 2014, her appointment will see Start-Flora reporting to global brand president Jane Hertzmark Hudis. She was the founder and chief marketing officer of skincare device maker Iluminage.
"Estee Lauder Names Senior Vice President", Happi, September 19, 2014, © Rodman Media
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Estee Lauder Launches EE Skincare Cream Line In UK

September 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Estee Lauder launched the Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30 cream in the UK. Part of the company’s Enlighten Skintone Correcting range, the EE cream provides consumers with “naturally glowing, even-toned skin”, the brand claimed. Priced at £34, comes in three shades and features the Baicalin extract of Scutellaria baicalensis. According to the company, the ingredient helps keep visible effects of pollution to a minimum and makes the product a “first line of defense against daytime damage”.
Michelle Yeomans, "The latest in the alphabet craze - 'EE' cream makes its way to Europe", Cosmetics Design , September 19, 2014, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Avon Launches ANEW Vitale Line Of Skincare Products

September 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Avon Products launched the ANEW Vitale collection of skincare products that feature VitaTone Complex Technology active ingredients and peptides. Designed to help deal with the “visible effects of stress and fatigue on skin,” the ANEW Vitale Cleanser, Night Cream, Day Cream with SPF 25, and Eye Gel Cream help consumers gain “even-toned, radiant, vibrant-looking skin in just one week,” the company said. A study conducted by Avon revealed 96 percent of women said ANEW Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 helped them achieve a renewed vibrant look for their skin, while ANEW Vitale Night Cream helped skin look like women had 8 hours of sleep even if they did not.
"Avon Introduces ANEW Vitale Collection", Avon, September 19, 2014, © Avon Products, Inc.
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Procter & Gamble Executives Land On Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women In Business List

September 18, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Three executives from Procter & Gamble made it to Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in business in the United States and in the world. P&G North America group president Melanie Healey landed on number 18 on the global list, P&G Global Beauty group president Deb Henretta grabbed the 23rd spot on the global list, while P&G Europe group president Mary Lynn Ferguson was on the 22nd place on the list’s edition for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
"Three P&G Execs Rank Among FORTUNE's Most Powerful Women in Business", Procter & Gamble, September 18, 2014, © Procter & Gamble
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Sephora Appoints Epsilon As Email Marketing Services Provider

September 16, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics retailer Sephora partnered with Alliance Data’s email marketing services unit, Epsilon, to launch an email marketing campaign aimed at increasing sales and enhancing personalized experience for customers. Designed to support Sephora’s omnichannel marketing platforms, the agreement will involve the provision of permission-based email marketing services, such as account and “campaign management, strategy, and email delivery”.
"Sephora Enlists Epsilon for Permission-Based Email Marketing Services", Epsilon, September 16, 2014, © Epsilon
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Kiehl Marks 50th Anniversary Of Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion With Limited Edition Bottle

September 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal’s skin care brand Kiehl launched a Limited Edition bottle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion. Launched in the early 1960s, the product, known as “the blue stuff” by its faithful users, became an iconic product with celebrities among its legions of fans. Photographer Christopher Makos, a friend of Andy Warhol, designed the bottle.
"Kiehl's Celebrates 50 Years of Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion", edgeonthenet.com, September 15, 2014, © EDGE Publications, Inc.
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Majority Of US Consumers Prefer Buying Cosmetics In-Store, Study Shows

September 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
In the United States, 57 percent of internet users said they prefer buying cosmetics and personal care products, such as makeup and facial cleansers, from offline, real-world stores, according to a June 2014 study by Harris Interactive. In contrast, only 12 percent said online retailers are their preferred means of buying such products, while 21 percent indicated no preference. Data also revealed 65 percent of internet users said they “had never purchased” such products using digital means. Of the respondents who said they have bought from online sources, 31 percent said they used a laptop or desktop computer in doing so. Meanwhile, only 5 percent said they used a tablet and 4 percent said they used a smartphone in buying online.
"Cosmetics Shoppers Don't Find Digital Attractive", eMarketer, September 15, 2014, © eMarketer Inc.
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Avon Ends Membership In Direct-Selling Group U.S. DSA

September 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Avon withdrew from the U.S. DSA, claiming that the direct-selling organization is not “advocating effectively” for the company and its sales representatives. While stressing that the company remains committed to the direct selling industry in the country and worldwide, Avon said its top priority is supporting its 6 million representatives around the world.
"Avon Withdraws from U.S. DSA", Avon, September 12, 2014, © Avon Products, Inc.
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The Body Shop Plans New Stores In India By 2015

September 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
UK’s beauty and personal care retailer The Body Shop plans to increase the number of its stores in India from 117 to 150 by 2015. After launching its online business in the country in 2013, the retailer now can reach more than 300 towns using its website. Marking its 8th anniversary in the country, the company plans to expand its presence in shopping malls, high streets, department stores, and other shopping locations, deputy manager of The Body Shop India Aanchal Raghav said.
"The Body Shop to take its strength to 150 by 2015", Franchise India, September 12, 2014, © Franchise India Holdings Ltd.
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Estee Lauder Appoints Moris VP Of Travel Retail Americas

September 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. appointed Nathan Moris as vice president and general manager of the company’s Travel Retail Americas business. Effective August 18, 2014, the appointment will see Morris reporting to Olivier Bottrie, president of Travel Retail Worldwide group. Moris held various senior level positions within Estee Lauder, including general manager for the Benelux affiliate and regional director for Clinique Travel Retail Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Dermot Davitt, "Nathan Moris appointed to key Estée Lauder Americas travel retail post", The Moodie Report, September 12, 2014, © The Moodie Report
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Estee Lauder Appoints Furniturewalla To Senior Post At Travel Retail Unit

September 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. appointed Ayaz Furniturewalla as vice president and general manager of its Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone London & Tom Ford Beauty, Travel Retail Worldwide unit. Effective September 1, 2014, the appointment will see Furniturewalla reporting to Olivier Bottrie, president of Travel Retail Worldwide group. Before joining Estee Lauder, Furniturewalla held senior positions in the travel retail business of Elizabeth Arden.
Dermot Davitt, "Ayaz Furniturewalla named in senior Estee Lauder Companies role", The Moodie Report, September 12, 2014, © The Moodie Report
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L'Oreal's New Advertising Focuses On Emotional Links With Consumers

September 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal is changing its advertising strategy to focus on “creating an emotional connection” with consumers rather than emphasizing its products. L’Oreal European CMO Blasco de Felice, during a talk at Dmexco, said his company now aims to create different types of communication, as it seeks to increase the amount of “content-led advertising”. He also said L’Oreal integrated the American brand NYX Cosmetics to its lineup to leverage the brand’s deep links with online consumers.
Natalie Mortimer, "L’Oreal shifts ad strategy to focus on emotion over product", The Drum, September 11, 2014, © Carnyx Group Ltd
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Avon's Stock Falls Following CFO Resignation

September 9, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics direct seller Avon Products Inc.’s stock fell after its chief financial officer Kimberly Ross resigned. Effective on October 2, 2014, the CFO’s resignation is likely to have an adverse impact on the company’s turnaround efforts. Saddled with declining sales, Avon has taken steps to reduce operating costs, laid off thousands of employees, and exited unprofitable markets to revive its business. Avon vice president and corporate controller Robert Loughran will be the temporary replacement of Ross, who has taken the CFO job at oilfield services firm Baker Hughes.
"Avon stock declines after CFO Ross resigns", Associated Press, September 09, 2014, © The Associated Press
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L'Oreal CEO Revises Downward Growth Forecast For 2014 Cosmetics Market

September 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal CEO Jean-Paul Agon lowered his full-year 2014 growth forecast for the world cosmetics market from 3.5–4.0 percent to 3.0–3.5 percent. Interviewed by French newspaper Le Figaro, Agon said, however, that the market will recover, with growth rate improving in 2015.
James Regan, "L'Oreal CEO cuts 2014 cosmetics market forecast -Le Figaro", Reuters, September 08, 2014, © Thomson Reuters
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Shiseido Launches Marketing Academy To Train Best-Of-Their-Class Marketers

September 9, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
As part of Shiseido’s efforts to transform itself into a “global marketing company”, the cosmetics maker established the Marketing Academy to develop “outstanding marketers” who can do their jobs effectively anywhere in the world. Headed by company president Masahiko Uotani, the academy will put emphasis on five core principles, including imagination, or the ability to create concepts based on customer insight; strategic, which Shiseido sees as the ability to “formulate strategies from a global viewpoint”; and presentation, which is the ability to transmit brand value. Also, the company announced a brand manager system, which features brand managers who will create marketing strategies and action planes for the brands they manage. Brand managers will act as “brand owners”, the company also said.
"Shiseido Accelerates Its Marketing Reform", Shiseido, September 09, 2014, © Shiseido Co.,Ltd.
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Brazil Accounts For Only 10 Percent Of Brazilian-Inspired Skincare Product Launches For Year Ending July 2014

September 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
For the period August 2013 to July 2014, only 10 percent of new skincare products “inspired by Brazilian lifestyles and ingredients” were launched in Brazil, while 90 percent of Brazilian-inspired products were actually released outside the country, according to Mintel. During the 12-month period, 16 percent of product launches were in France, while 14 percent were launched in the UK. Other major markets accounting for double-digit shares of Brazilian-inspired product launches during the period include the United States with 12 percent and Japan with 10 percent. Meanwhile, the study also revealed Brazilian haircare marketing approach is also influencing the world market, Brazil accounting for 65 percent of launches of products claiming to be salt-free, with the rest of the world accounting for 35 percent. In 2011, it was 95 percent for Brazil and 5 percent for all other markets.
"90% of Brazilian inspired skincare products were launched outside Brazil in 2013, reports Mintel", Mintel, September 08, 2014, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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Avon Announces CFO Resignation

September 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Avon Products, Inc. announced the resignation of Kimberly Ross as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer effective October 2, 2014. Vice president and corporate controller Robert Loughran will be appointed in acting capacity as replacement of Ross, who joined the company in 2011.
"Avon Announces CFO Transition", Avon, September 08, 2014, © Avon Products, Inc.
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Target, Wal-Mart Partner To Promote Sustainability And Product Safety In Beauty And Personal Care Markets

September 5, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Rival discount retailers Target and Wal-Mart agreed to co-host a forum in Chicago to encourage beauty and personal care products manufacturers to improve their sustainability and transparency strategies. Attended by representatives from personal care makers, such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and Estee Lauder, and other retailers, including CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta, the meeting called on manufacturers to be more open about the chemicals and other ingredients they use in making their products. Sustainability and product safety proponents, such as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, lauded the retailers for rising beyond their rivalry and promoting product safety.
KAVITA KUMAR, "Target, Wal-Mart team up on sustainability", Star Tribune, September 05, 2014, © StarTribune.com
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Procter & Gamble Plans To Reduce Number Of Brand Endorsers

September 5, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble plans to reduce the number of its brand ambassadors, as part of the consumer goods company’s efforts to simplify its advertising, reduce costs, and “improve marketing efficiency,” according to chief financial officer Jon Moeller. Speaking at the Barclays Back to School conference, Moeller cited Head & Shoulders as an example, with the brand to have 50 percent fewer endorsers. Other ways to reduce marketing costs being considered by the company include the use of shorter TV commercials. Consumer research by the company revealed a 15-second ad was “more effective with higher overall recall” than a longer commercial.
Sarah Vizard, "P&G to ditch brand ambassadors in cost-cutting drive", Marketing Week, September 05, 2014, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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Estee Lauder Finds Digital Marketing Success With Its Beauty Blog

September 4, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Estee Lauder said it has achieved digital marketing success with its The Estee Edit blog, which the beauty brand launched in July 2014. Featuring stories about beauty, style, and some of the brand’s most popular models, the blog also highlights the brand’s heritage and includes product recommendations. Designed to look like a magazine, the blog includes posts about the beauty market, as well as other industries. A “shop the story” section lets consumers post a link to a video review of an Estee Lauder product.
Andrew McDougall, "Estee Lauder’s digital drive pays off with personalized blog", Cosmetics Design , September 04, 2014, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Japan Beauty Brands Adopt Line Messaging App Faster Than Luxury Segment

August 20, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics brands in Japan are adopting the Line messaging app from Naver faster than luxury brands. Data revealed only 3 percent of luxury brands have created an official Line account, while 20 percent of beauty brands have existing accounts. In 2012, the company launched a feature for the app that enables brands to “create and manage their own account page,” allowing account followers to receive updates and promotions via direct messages or by posts on their timeline.
Andy Patrick , "Beauty Brands Embrace LINE Faster Than Luxury", L2 Think Tank, August 20, 2014, © L2 Think Tank
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South Korea Says Wet Tissues Are Cosmetics

August 20, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced a measure classifying wet tissues as cosmetics. Aimed at improving quality control of wet tissues, the new rule will also address the issue of harmful chemicals added by manufacturers to these products. Announced on August 19, 2014, the measure revises the products’ current classification as industrial products.
John Choi , "Wet Tissues to Be Categorized as Cosmetics to Enhance Product Safety", Korea Bizwire, August 20, 2014, © Kobiz Media Co., Ltd
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Etude House Opens China Flagship Store In Shanghai

August 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
South Korean cosmetics company AmorePacific’s low-cost brand Etude House opened its China flagship store in Shanghai on August 8, 2014. Featuring the theme “Princess Palace,” the store includes a “pink carpet,” a “Princess Mirror,” and “Pink Castle” shelves. Also, the store features a professional make-up artist ready to help shoppers who want to have a taste of the latest Korean make-up trends.
"Etude House opens flagship store in Shanghai", Korea Herald, August 19, 2014, © Herald Corporation
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Latin America Cosmetics Market, Except Mexico, Forecast To Post Strong Growth In 2013–2018, Euromonitor Says

August 18, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Latin America’s cosmetics market is forecast to grow 7.2 percent in 2013–2018, reaching $111.8 billion in value by the end of the period covered, according to Euromonitor. Data from the market research firm revealed leading markets in terms of growth are expected to be Brazil with 9.3 percent annual expansion; Bolivia, 8.8 percent; Guatemala, 7.5 percent; and Peru and Venezuela, 7.4 percent each. Mexico, however, is expected to slow down, with growth rate forecast at 4.6 percent, expanding from $10.8 billion in 2013 to $13.5 billion in 2018.
Christina Kroll, "Financial Advancements in Latin America's Beauty Industry", GCI Magazine, August 18, 2014, © Allured Business Media
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Estee Lauder Reports Strong Profit Growth In June 2014 Quarter

August 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Estee Lauder reported profit rose to $257.7 million in the quarter ending June 30, 2014, from $94 million in the same period of the previous year. According to the company, net sales increased 13 percent to $2.7 billion during the period, while sales for the fiscal year rose 8 percent to $11.0 billion. Growth was driven by the 4 percent increase in spending by well-to-do consumers in the United States in the year ending June 2014. Sales of the company’s skin-care products, which account for the biggest portion of total sales, rose 14 percent to $1.2 billion. Sales of makeup products grew 12 percent to $1.1 billion, while fragrance revenue expanded 13 percent to $309 million.
Anna Prior And Serena Ng, "Estee Lauder Profit Gets Boost From Early Orders", Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2014, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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Australia's Online Fragrance And Cosmetics Market Posts Strong Growth, Report Says

August 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Online sales of cosmetics and fragrances in Australia expanded at a CAGR of 17.1 in 2009–2014 to reach its current value of $259 million, according to market research firm IBISWorld. Data from the company’s report “Online Perfume and Cosmetic Sales Industry in Australia revealed that market growth is forecast to slow to about 9.2 percent for the period 2014–2015. Market growth is driven by the “significant shift” among Australian consumers to buy fast moving consumer goods online, the report shows. Also, major cosmetics companies have established themselves as major online cosmetics and fragrance retailers.
Simon Pitman, "Online fragrance and cosmetics sales set to boom in Australia", Cosmetics Design , August 13, 2014, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Amore Pacific Reports Record Sales Growth In 2Q 2014

August 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Amore Pacific reported operating profit jumped 69 percent to 151.1 billion won, or $147 million, in the second quarter of 2014, driven by strong sales in China. Revenue increased 21 percent to 966.7 billion won, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Chinese consumers accounted for 25.9 percent of its second-quarter sales, compared with 20.6 percent in the first quarter of the year.
"Amore Pacific's operating profit surges in Q2 on brisk sales in China", English.news.cn , August 13, 2014, © Xinhua, english.news.cn
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Procter & Gamble's Sales Woes Will Not End With Sales Of Brands

August 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s decision to sell about half of its brands will not solve its revenue and market share problems. Based on its experience of selling more than 30 of its iconic brands, which failed to improve its bottom line performance, P&G will not be able to solve its sales problems with its latest divestiture move. Other companies, such as Innovative Brands, Pinnacle Foods, and Prestige Brands, have managed to grow sales of brands earlier sold by P&G. Apparently, the company’s problem lies not in its brands, but in its business model. What keeps P&G from achieving sales growth is its centralized planning and decision making, which hinders the company’s ability to keep pace with its rivals in today’s highly competitive and fast-paced market.
Larry Popelka , "P&G’s Problem Isn't Too Many Brands; It’s a Dated Business Model", Businessweek, August 13, 2014, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Henkel Reports Strong Organic Sales Growth In 2Q 2014

August 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel reported organic sales increased 3.3 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Due to the effects of foreign exchange rates, however, sales fell 3.5 percent to €4.137 billion. Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business reported organic sales grew 4.2 percent, while Beauty Care saw a 2.1 percent increase in organic sales. According to the company, adjusted operating profit increased 2.1 percent to €674 million, compared with €660 million in the same period of the previous year. Adjusted EBIT margin rose 0.9 percent to 16.3 percent, while adjusted earnings per preferred share rose 8.4 percent to €1.16, Henkel said. The company also revealed organic sales grew 6.5 percent in emerging markets during the quarter.
"Henkel delivers good performance in second quarter", Henkel, August 12, 2014, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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HUL Announces New Executive Appointments, Management Committee Revamp

August 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever Limited announced several changes in the company’s Management Committee, including the appointment of current executive director for the Home and Personal Care business Hemant Bakshi as executive vice president of Unilever Indonesia. Samir Singh, present Global Brand Vice President for Lifebuoy brand and Vice President of Personal Care Lead, South Asia Cluster, will be appointed as Executive Director of the Home and Personal Care business. HPC will be reorganized into the Home Care and Personal Care Businesses in India.
"HUL announces key appointments", Hindustan Unilever Limited, August 11, 2014, © Unilever
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Taiwanese Men Worried About Physical Appearance, Study Reveals

August 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
In Taiwan, 80 percent of men said they care about their physical appearance because doing so makes them feel better, according market research firm Kantar Worldpanel Taiwan. Data from the study Men Revolution Asia, which interviewed 750 Taiwanese men ages 15 to 45 in 2013, revealed they are concerned most about blackheads (34 percent of respondents), teeth color (33 percent), and oily skin (31 percent). Also, 30 percent of men are concerned with being overweight, while 25 percent said they are worried by excessive sweating. Results also showed 50 percent of men said they are also concerned about oily hair.
"Taiwanese men care about oily skin, blackheads & bad teeth", Kantar Worldpanel, August 11, 2014, © Kantar Worldpanel
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Unilever Grabs Second Place On WWD's List Of 100 Largest Cosmetics Companies

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever was ranked number 2 in Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. The owner of various beauty and personal care brands, including Axe/Lynx, Rexona, Clear, and Vaseline, Unilever saw its personal care division’s revenue decline 0.2 percent year-over-year to €18.06 billion. On a like-for-like basis, revenue grew 7.3 percent. Total sales in 2013 declined 2.9 percent to €49.8 billion in reported terms and 3.2 percent at constant exchange rates.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 2. UNILEVER", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Helen Of Troy Makes It To WWD's 2013 Top 100 List Despite US Losses

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Helen of Troy was the 94th-largest cosmetics companies, according to the Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest beauty vendors in terms of sales. In 2013, Helen of Troy’s health and beauty retail sales in the United States dropped 18.4 percent year over year to $218.6 million, according to IRI. Also, the company’s grooming, skincare, and hair-care solutions line suffered reduced distribution in the country following major retailers’ revamp of their inventory.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 94. HELEN OF TROY", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Mary Kay's 2013 Sales Numbers Secure 15th Spot On WWD's List Of Largest Cosmetics Companies

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Mary Kay landed on the 15th spot in Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. In 2013, Mary Kay celebrated its 50th anniversary by launching major products, including Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia and Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Overseas markets accounted for 70 percent of the company’s business in 2013, with overall estimated sales of $3.4 billion, about 17.2 percent higher than the previous year.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 15. MARY KAY", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Shiseido Earns Spot Number 5 On WWD's List Of 100 Largest Cosmetics Firms In 2013

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Japan’s Shiseido Co. was number 5 on Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. Owner of various brands, including Cle de Peau Beaute, Sea Breeze, and Nars, Shiseido returned to profitability in fiscal year 2013 ending March 31, 2014, with a reported net income of 26.15 billion yen, compared with a net loss of 14.69 billion yen in the previous fiscal year. Net sales grew 12.4 percent to 762.05 billion yen.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 5. SHISEIDO CO.", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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PZ Cussons Lands On 51st Spot In WWD's 2013 List Of Largest Cosmetics Companies

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
PZ Cussons was ranked 51st on the WWD newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. The owner of various beauty and personal are brands, including St. Tropez, The Sanctuary Spa, and Luksja, PZ Cussons said its St. Tropez brand posted stronger sales in the United States in 2013. This growth was driven by expanded distribution through retailers Sephora, Ulta, Shoppers Drug Mart, as well as appearances on the QVC shopping network.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 51. PZ CUSSONS", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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L’Occitane En Provence Grabs 30th Place On WWD's 2013 List Of Largest Beauty Companies

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L’Occitane en Provence was ranked 30th on the Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. For its fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, the beauty and personal care company reported revenue rose 1.1 percent year on year to €1.06 billion. Also, the company opened 97 stores, raising the number of owned stores to 1,295. Its overseas business accounted for 91.7 percent of total sales during the year.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 30. L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Brooke Shields Partners With MAC Cosmetics To Create Own Line Of Beauty Products

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Celebrity and author Brooke Shields partnered with MAC Cosmetics to create her own line of beauty products. Shields described her two makeup concepts as “fresh-faced, cleaner, daytime look” and “more vampy with a big focus on the eyes.” Scheduled for North American release on October 2, 2014, and in 76 other countries later that month, the limited edition makeup collection is expected to sell $5 million during its sales period.
Julie Naughton, "Brooke Shields Collaborates With MAC Cosmetics", WWD , August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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L Brands Has The 14th Spot On WWD's 2013 List Of Largest Cosmetics Companies

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L Brands was ranked 14th on the Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. In 2013, the cosmetics company’s total sales were estimated to be $3.9 billion, an 8.3 percent increase from the previous year. Its major brands include Signature Collection for body care and fragrance, Aromatherapy for body care, and True Blue Spa for body and hair care.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 14. L BRANDS", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Murad Takes 86th Spot On WWD's 2013 List Of Largest Cosmetics Firms

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Murad was ranked 86th in the Women’s Wear Daily’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. With a strong lineup of brands, including Acne, Age Reform, and Age-Proof Suncare, Murad reported direct and retail-channel sales grew about 18 percent and 12 percent year over year, respectively. In 2013, the El Segundo, California-based company’s main markets were North America, the UK, and Scandinavia.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 86. MURAD", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Revlon Is 29th Largest Cosmetics Firm, WWD's 2013 List Says

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Revlon was ranked 29th in Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics companies in terms of sales. The owner of various brands, including Revlon, SinfulColors, and Pure Ice, Revlon said sales grew in 2013, driven by the company’s integration of The Colomer Group, which the company acquired in October 2013 for $664.5 million. Revlon’s debt was $1.94 billion by yearend 2013. After Lorenzo Delpani’s appointment as CEO in November 2013, the company announced its plan to exit the China market a month later.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 29. REVLON", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Lush Is World's 41st-Largest Cosmetics Firm, WWD's 2013 List Shows

August 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Lush was ranked 41st on the Women’s Wear Daily newspaper’s 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100 list of the largest cosmetics firms in terms of sales. Owner of ethical beauty brands Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Gorilla Perfume continued its expansion drive by opening 84 new stores in 2013. As of yearend 2013, Lush had 899 retail stores, including spas, in 50 countries. After reentering Brazil in 2014, Lush revealed its plan to build a factory in the country.
"The 2013 Beauty Inc Top 100: 41. LUSH", Women's Wear Daily, August 08, 2014, © Condé Nast
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Beiersdorf Reports Strong Organic Sales Growth In 1H 2014

August 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Beiersdorf reported organic sales grew 5.0 percent in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period in 2013. In nominal terms, however, sales increased 0.2 percent from €3.163 billion to €3.171 billion, with the company’s Consumer Business Segment and tesa unit contributing to growth. Excluding special factors, EBIT rose 4.3 percent from €434 million to €452 million during the period, with the EBIT margin rising from 13.7 percent to 14.3 percent. Organic sales by the Consumer Business Segment increased 5.0 percent during the period, with sales growing in both emerging markets and in Europe. Sales of NIVEA products rose 6.1 percent, compared with the previous year.
"Beiersdorf continues on its profitable growth path", Beiersdorf, August 07, 2014, © Beiersdorf A G
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More Women Seeing And Accepting Concept Of Beauty Other Than Popular Image, Studies Show

August 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Although cosmetics and personal care companies’ marketing campaigns are increasingly promoting images of beauty for the “everyday woman”, 56 percent of women 16–24 years old still believe the advertised look is impossible to achieve, according to Mintel’s Colour Cosmetics UK 2014 report. Data from the report, however, highlight some significant improvement from 10 years ago. In 2004, Unilever’s research revealed only 2 percent of women believed they were beautiful. This prompted its Dove brand to launch the Real Beauty campaign, which sought to “create a world where beauty is a source of confidence and not anxiety.” Dove’s marketing campaigns began featuring ordinary women who were unlike the market’s prevailing images of beauty. In 2006, the brand launched the Evolution ad, which highlighted how out of reach is society’s idea of beauty.
Roshida Khanom, "Kate Who? The Rise of the Everyday Woman", Mintel, August 07, 2014, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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Lancome Wins Big With Elite Rewards Loyalty Program

August 6, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal’s brand Lancome’s Elite Rewards loyalty program saw 60 percent of its members performing at least one action, such as shopping or connecting to the brand on social media sites, per month. Using the CrowdTwist customer relations management technology platform, the program also recorded an increase in monthly customer sign-ups of more than 40 percent. Lancome said it aims to focus on connecting with consumers via social media and promote its loyalty program, with the beauty brand awarding 25 points to members who connect their account to the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. For every dollar they spend online, Elite Rewards members get 10 points. They can also win minor rewards by watching branded videos or participating in email and direct mail programs.
Lauren Johnson, "Lancome Is Getting a 60% Monthly Action Rate With New Loyalty Program", Adweek, August 06, 2014, © Adweek
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Procter & Gamble Needs To Do More Cost Cutting, Euromonitor Says

August 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble, which had earlier announced plans to divest about 100 brands, still has to do more to cut operating costs, according to Euromonitor beauty and personal care market analyst Oru Mohiuddin. As part of its efforts to strengthen revenue performance and revive profits following higher costs of selling products and negative gross profit for fiscal year 2014, P&G announced plans to let go of non-core and underperforming brands. P&G’s plans include focusing on the 70 to 80 brands the company says account for about 90 percent of its annual revenue.
Andrew McDougall, "Euromonitor believes P&G has more to do after brand divestment", Cosmetics Design, August 07, 2014, © William Reed Business Media SA
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