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French cosmetics firm L'Oréal has sponsored a filter on social media app Snapchat. The filter gives users a chance to apply Infallible Silkissime eyeliner on their own pictures.
The Spanish Bureau of Competition has ruled that Belgian diaper manufacturer Ontex has to pay a 5.15 million euro fine for several breaches of the Spanish and European competition laws. Ontex will appeal the decision.
Unilever, Henkel and L’Oréal have all tabled a bid for shampoo manufacturer Vogue International, valued by some sources at 2.5 to 3 billion dollars (2.2 to 2.7 billion euro).
Henkel's first quarter profit and turnover both grew. The German manufacturer - which owns Persil, Schwarzkopf shampoo and Pattex glue among other things - took full advantage of the growing demand in several emerging markets.
Turnover for German group Beiersdorf, parent company for Nivea among other brands, has dropped nearly 2 % in the first quarter. The company points to exchange rate fluctuations, which had a sizeable negative effect.
Cosmetics firm L’Oréal and online video platform YouTube plan to create cosmetics-focused content together. For the French company, this is a way to compete with the independent vloggers that currently dominate the market.
Victoria Beckham is to launch a make-up collection, adding to her own fashion collection. She will collaborate with cosmetics brand Estée Lauder to launch the product range later this year.
French fashion brand Chanel now also sells its beauty products online in Belgium and the Netherlands, through its own web shop. Free shipping is included for orders surpassing 100 euro and a 10 euro fee will be charged for orders below that sum.
Make up manufacturer Sephora has expanded its app with a new augmented reality-based feature, which gives users a chance to immediately see how a certain make-up colour looks on their face.
Colgate-Palmolive is to continue its restructuring plan, which means even more jobs will be cut. Everything should be finalized by December 2017 and 3,300 to 3,800 jobs will have disappeared by then.
Diaper manufacturer Ontex managed a higher turnover and profit in 2015, despite "extremely competitive markets". Its non-Western European markets now contribute more than a third of its total turnover.
American cosmetics company Estée Lauder has expanded its perfume portfolio with a new brand, By Kilian. No information was divulged about the sum it had to pay to acquire the perfume brand.
Henkel's turnover and profit in 2015 grew markedly, partially because of its strong performance in the emerging markets. The German consumer goods giant targets another turnover increase this year.
Nivea and Eucerin sales have helped German Beiersdorf achieve a good year, with a 6.4 % turnover growth and a higher post-tax profit.