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New director and CFO for Rituals

Dutch cosmetics company Rituals has a new Chief Financial Officer (Maartje Bouvy) and will also get a new president of its board of directors (Robert Polet).

Ontex prepares second IPO

Diaper manufacturer Ontex will probably head back to the Brussels stock exchange, in an attempt to cash in the owners's shares.

Largest Belgian Kruidvat opens in Turnhout

Dutch chain Kruidvat has opened its largest store in Turnhout, a 1,000 sqm store and the third store in Turnhout. The store wants to attract customers through its quickly-changing array of discounts and offers. Kruidvat currently has over 1,000 stores in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Colinda Hoegee new CEO for De Tuinen & Essenza

Colinda Hoegee is De Tuinen & Essenza's new CEO and will succeed Dick de Lange, who will resign after nearly 10 years of service.

P&G profit slightly grows in first quarter

Manufacturer Procter & Gamble has managed to increase its net profit by 2 % in 2014's first quarter, even though turnover disappointingly remained level with exchange rates a huge pressure on the results.

More profit and nice organic growth for Kimberly-Clark

American manufacturer Kimberly-Clark, known for Huggies and Kleenex, managed a 4 % like-for-like turnover increase in the past quarter, reaching 5.3 billion dollars in revenue and 538 million dollars in profit.

L'Oréal turnover drops because of slower American growth

Cosmetics company L'Oréal saw its turnover growth shrink a little over 2 % in its first quarter because of slower American growth and averse exchange rates. Luckily for the company, other markets managed turnover growth.

Inglot opens first Belgian store

Cosmetics chain Inglot will open its very first Belgian store in Antwerp next week, alongside the relaunch of its Dutch web shop after it went bankrupt last year.

Hans Voorn has left Rituals

Dutch company Rituals has lost its global ecommerce manager Hans Voorn, but has already found a successor in Martijn Cornelissen.

No additional pharmacies until 2019

Belgium will not open any new pharmacies until 2019 at least, as the country still has too many pharmacies per capita: one for every 2,154 inhabitants.

Etos is best drugstore 2014

According to GfK, the Dutch consumer has chosen Etos as the best drugstore of 2014, mainly because it has an excellent balance between service and offered advantages. It is the fourth time Etos managed to win the award, beating beat several large competitors like D.I.O. and DA.

DA buys perfume chain Mooi

Dutch drugstore chain DA has purchased perfume store chain Mooi and has also started a collaboration with Vitaminstore. The chains will continue working as they used to, but "will learn from each other". DA will present three 'themes' in its stores: fresh (DA itself), beautiful (Mooi) and healthy (Vitaminstore), which should become launched soon.

Sephora fans can share photos through app

French cosmetics brand Sephora has enabled photo sharing through its iPhone app through the Beauty Board function: this "should strengthen the bonds between the fans through an online community".

Strong growth for Kruidvat’s parent company

Hutchison Whampoa, the company which owns Kruidvat, has presented a 20 % net profit rise, mostly because European retail activities performed excellently

Greenpeace wants P&G to stop deforestation for palm oil

Greenpeace is now asking Procter & Gamble to commit to ‘deforestation-free’ palm oil, after earlier successes with (amongst others) the Delhaize chain.

Cavalli uses game to promote new perfume

Cavalli has tried to promote its newest perfume in quite an original way, because “Just a Bite” as the perfume is called, has been linked to a Facebook game and a mobile app.

Nestlé wants to dial down L’Oréal participation

Swiss food giant Nestlé is rumoured to look into lowering its participation in L'Oréal. Currently Nestlé owns 29 % of L’Oréal, worth some 22 billion euro. 

Second largest US pharmacy chain no longer sells tobacco

The second largest American pharmacy chain, CVS Caremark, will no longer sell cigarettes or tobacco from 1 October onwards. Another blow for the tobacco industry, analysts wonder if a voluntary or even forced ban is possible in Belgium as well.

LUSH Cosmetics’ ethical soaps are popular

LUSH Cosmetics, a British chain which creates and sells ethical bath products, saw its yearly turnover increase 11.3 % this past fiscal year. Profits dropped however, mainly because of additional investments in sustainability and charity.