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  • Don't underestimate the power of Hispanic shoppers Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Woman applying makeup

    Sales growth from Hispanic consumers significantly outpaced that of Non-Hispanic shoppers across every beauty segment.

  • PARIS, Feb 13- French cosmetics giant L'Oreal on Friday said it expected the weak euro and slump in oil prices to boost consumption in many regions such as Western Europe and help it increase profits substantially this year. The maker of Lancome cream and Yves Saint Laurent perfume said sales in Western Europe, where it made a third of revenue, enjoyed their...

  • British tastebuds caught in crossfire of chocolate war Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | 1:55 AM ET

    Brits living in the U.S. now have to settle for American versions of chocolate after the confectionery giant Hershey forced two companies to stop importing UK-made versions. The FT reports.

  • Feb 5- Elizabeth Arden Inc reported a bigger-than-expected 20 percent drop in quarterly revenue, citing lower sales of its celebrity fragrances and changes to the way its beauty products are distributed in China. Elizabeth Arden said a decline in sales of its celebrity fragrances, which include the Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj brands, would...

  • Elizabeth Arden quarterly revenue falls 20 pct Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:19 PM ET

    Feb 5- Beauty products maker Elizabeth Arden Inc reported a 20 percent drop in quarterly revenue due partly to a decline in the popularity of its celebrity fragrances. Net loss attributable to Elizabeth Arden's shareholders was $56.8 million, or $1.90 per share, for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, versus a profit of $35.0 million, or $1.16 per share, a year earlier.

  • Feb 5- Estee Lauder Cos Inc reported a better-than-expected rise in revenue in the second quarter, helped by higher demand for its skin care and makeup products such as Clinique lotions and Pure Color Envy lipstick during the holiday shopping season. Estee Lauder, however, said sales would fall more than it had forecast in the year ending June 30, hurt by a stronger...

  • Feb 5- Estee Lauder Cos Inc said full-year sales would fall more than it had forecast, hurt by a stronger dollar and slowing growth in Hong Kong and China. The maker of M.A.C., Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder cosmetics, said it now expected adjusted earnings of $2.93- $3.01 per share on net sales decline of up to 2 percent for the year ending June 30. Estee Lauder received...

  • Jan 27- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said it no longer expects sales and core earnings growth this year, joining a host of companies in blaming a strong dollar for disappointing results and outlooks. P&G, which derives roughly two-thirds of revenue outside the United States, also reported lower-than-expected quarterly...

  • Strong dollar, weak demand weigh on Kimberly-Clark Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Earnings report

    Kimberly-Clark forecast a decline in net sales for 2015 due to a stronger dollar and weaker demand for its core products.

  • Jan 23- Kimberly-Clark Corp forecast a decline in net sales for 2015 due to a stronger dollar and weaker demand for its core products such as Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers in North America. Kimberly-Clark's shares were down nearly 5 percent at $113.50 in premarket trading. Sales in the personal care business, Kimberly-Clark's biggest, fell 2 percent in...

  • Jan 23- Personal care products maker Kimberly-Clark Corp reported a 1.4 percent fall in quarterly sales, hurt by weak demand for its core products such as Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers in North America. Net loss attributable to the company was $83 million, or 22 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $539 million, or $1.40...

  • UPDATE 2-Unilever sees no improvement after weak 2014 Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 5:51 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 20- Consumer goods group Unilever expects another sluggish year, after a slowdown in emerging markets and flagging developed economies curbed demand for everything from soup to soap in 2014.. Unilever makes more than half of its sales in emerging markets and so is particularly exposed to slowing demand in once fast-growing countries such as India...

  • UK supermarket sales fall for first time on record Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    The U.K. grocery market has fallen into decline for the first time on record, as discount retailers lead a price war.

  • The European staples resisting Russia's downturn Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 2:20 AM ET
    A Carlsberg advertisement

    Fears that Russia's economic downturn will ravage European multinationals may have been overstated in some cases, with companies that sell beer and soap defying expectations.

  • Detergent pods pose poisoning risk to children Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Detergent pods pose poisoning risk to children

    Laundry detergent pods, that are sometimes mistaken for candy or toys, have accidentally poisoned thousands of children, according to a new study.

  • Online shaving start-up takes on the big blades Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 9:19 AM ET
    Harry's Razors product

    Movember sponsor Harry's is looking to shave off a piece of the $6.1 billion men's grooming industry with low-priced blades and bathroom products sold online.

  • Supermarket sweep: What could lift Kroger shares Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 12:37 PM ET
    A shopper outside a Kroger supermarket in Peoria, Illinois.

    Kroger has delivered 43 straight quarters of rising sales at stores open at least a year.

  • Clorox profit beats; demand for products rises Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:51 PM ET
    Clorox

    U.S. cleaning products maker Clorox reported better-than-expected quarterly sales and adjusted profit, helped by strong demand for household products.

  • Food prices hit 4-year low, Russia ban hurts Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    The UN food price index has dipped to a four-year low as good weather has resulted in an oversupply of cereals and dairy imports have slowed.

  • Carlsberg warns on profits over Russia hit Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:05 PM ET
    A Carlsberg advertisement

    Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, became one of the first major European companies to warn over the impact of the Ukrainian crisis.