For the first time in three quarters, American cosmetics firm Estée Lauder saw its net turnover drop. The strong dollar had a huge impact, but the demand for its skin care products also dropped overall.
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Cosmetics firm Coty has performed better in the fourth quarter than analysts had expected. It revealed a nice profit, which is much better than the loss it had to endure in the same time frame last year.
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German Henkel's turnover and net profit were up considerably, mostly thanks to more sales in emerging markets and favourable exchange rate fluctuations.
German cosmetics manufacturer Beiersdorf continues its growth in the first half of 2015: sales, profit and market share all grew for the owner of brands like Nivea.
Low resource prices have helped Ontex, a diaper manufacturer from Buggenhout in Belgium, to create higher margins in the first half of 2015, wihch has in turn helped boost its profit a lot compared to last year.
Can Unilever use the colour blue for its Dove product range, or can only Nivea do that, like its manufacturer Beiersdorf claims? The German consumer will get to decide, after a ruling of the Federal Court of Justice.
Coty, mainly known for its perfumes, is very close to a deal with Procter & Gamble to acquire its perfume and cosmetics companies. Once the 12 billion dollar (11 billion euro) deal is finalized, Coty will have doubled in size instantly.
When German cosmetics firm Beiersdorf launched its "We care" strategy three years ago, the goal was to lower its CO2 emissions by 30 % by 2020. The Nivea manufacturer has easily surpassed that goal already, having cut back CO2 emissions by 48 %.
Cosmetics giant Unilever and media company Vice are to launch a platform for women together, which is intended to "create a real dialogue" between Unilever and its female customers, as these generate 78 % of the company's turnover.
British-Dutch Unilever has acquired skin care brand Dermalogica, launched in 1986 by Jane and Raymond Wurwand, who have now decided to sell their company.
Several Belgian supermarket chains and a number of cosmetics manufacturers have signed a transaction declaration presented by the Investigation and Prosecution Office of the Belgian Competition Authority. In it, they accept having breached legislation on competitiveness from 2002 to 2007.
Both Henkel and Coty have tabled an offer for parts of Procter & Gamble, which is currently selling off assets it has labeled as "non-essential".
Dutch cosmetics chain Rituals has opened its first French boutique in Paris and it will add another 2 in Paris before the end of the year, while it also has plans for a boutique in Lille.
The German perfumery chain Douglas will not be heading to the stock exchange, as its owner Advent International has sold the chain to British investment fund CVC Capital Partners.
According to research from market researcher Lucintel, the worldwide shampoo market will have a 25.73 billion dollar (23.58 billion euro) turnover by 2019, with every subsection of the market enjoying growth by then.
Allegedly, there will be a ruling on the cartel case implicating 17 Belgian supermarkets and manufacturers. According to Bloomberg, the fine could be as high as 600 million euro, although a settlement is also still possible.