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Key industry players remain optimistic about beauty

Key industry players remain optimistic about beauty - PUBLISHED February 16, 2017

The political and economic climate may be uncertain, emerging markets continue to report slower growth and mature countries still disappoint, but key …

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The rise of small brands and their impact on the market

The rise of small brands and their impact on the market - PUBLISHED February 02, 2017

A key talking point in the industry is the rise of small brands and their impact on the market.

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Online direct-to-consumer brands hot acquisition targets

Online direct-to-consumer brands hot acquisition targets - PUBLISHED January 19, 2017

The majors’ move to learn more about online selling and marketing by acquiring savvy digital start-ups was highlighted once again last week with Cot…

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M&A key theme in beauty in 2016

M&A key theme in beauty in 2016 - PUBLISHED January 05, 2017

Major groups looked to inject creativity, digital prowess
and a connection to millennials into their business through
acquisitions.

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The need to stay relevant

The need to stay relevant - PUBLISHED December 15, 2016

Looking back on 2016, there is one trend that stands out strongly: the need to stay relevant in a market that is being buffeted by digital, social med…

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Online audiences and the power of influencers

Online audiences and the power of influencers - PUBLISHED December 01, 2016

It looks like having the latest breakthrough product could take a backseat to cultivating a strong online following and connecting with the internet…

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Seeding trend heats up in beauty

Seeding trend heats up in beauty - PUBLISHED November 17, 2016

It’s no secret that beauty M&A is heating up. But there is another trend that is picking up steam: the seeding or incubating of small cosmetics play…

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Beauty brands and standalone stores

Beauty brands and standalone stores - PUBLISHED November 03, 2016

Are beauty brands destined to become retailers in some shape or form?

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Buying growth has its price

Buying growth has its price - PUBLISHED October 20, 2016

This week saw Coty make another acquisition, with the proposed purchase of hairstyling appliance brand ghd for $510m.

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A new breed of beauty entrepreneurs

A new breed of beauty entrepreneurs - PUBLISHED October 06, 2016

A new breed of entrepreneur is shaking up the beauty market. Perhaps never before have there been so many young start-ups that have quickly found a fo…

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Travel retail: An attractive channel for beauty brands

Travel retail: An attractive channel for beauty brands - PUBLISHED September 29, 2016

The global travel-retail market may have reported a 2.7% fall in sales in 2015, but perhaps never before has the channel been so attractive for beauty…

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Digital and targeting millenials

Digital and targeting millenials - PUBLISHED September 22, 2016

Most honest executives would admit that they are still struggling with digital and reaching millennials.

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Busy first half for beauty acquisitions

Busy first half for beauty acquisitions - PUBLISHED September 08, 2016

It has been a busy first half for beauty when it comes to acquisitions.

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Major new fragrance launches set for this fall

Major new fragrance launches set for this fall - PUBLISHED August 25, 2016

Retailers are encouraged by the strong crop of new fragrances coming out this fall.

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More acquisitions in beauty

More acquisitions in beauty - PUBLISHED July 07, 2016

Another week and another few brands change hands in beauty.

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The beauty landscape continues to shift

The beauty landscape continues to shift - PUBLISHED June 23, 2016

The beauty landscape continues to shift. After last year’s announcement that Coty would buy P&G’s specialty beauty business, last week it emerged …

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Color brands likely to be attractive acquisition targets

Color brands likely to be attractive acquisition targets - PUBLISHED June 09, 2016

In terms of niche acquisitions, the focus has been mainly on fragrance over the past year and a half. However, more purchases are likely to come in th…

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Amazon a threat to US department-stores

Amazon a threat to US department-stores - PUBLISHED May 26, 2016

US department stores are having a tough time, with both Macy’s and Nordstrom reporting first-quarter sales declines.

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A changing Chinese market

A changing Chinese market - PUBLISHED May 12, 2016

L’Oréal ceo Jean-Paul Agon has commented several times about the fast pace of development in today’s market and how he has seen more change in th…

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Celebrity make-up launches on the rise

Celebrity make-up launches on the rise - PUBLISHED April 28, 2016

There’s nothing new about beauty brands teaming up with designers and celebrities to launch products.

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Growth of unisex fragrances

Growth of unisex fragrances - PUBLISHED April 14, 2016

It looks like the re-emergence of the unisex fragrance trend is set to be around for some time to come.

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Growth in niche

Growth in niche - PUBLISHED March 31, 2016

It’s no secret that the niche and high-end fragrance market is attracting more attention from brands and retailers.

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Pockets of growth in a lackluster market

Pockets of growth in a lackluster market - PUBLISHED March 17, 2016

The market may be lackluster, but there are still quite a few pockets of growth.

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Niche fragrance still growing

Niche fragrance still growing - PUBLISHED March 03, 2016

The niche fragrance market is still hot. Last week, Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) announced that it had acquired French fragrance house By Kilian.

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Bright spots in the beauty market

Bright spots in the beauty market - PUBLISHED February 18, 2016

The industry may not be too enthusiastic about the prospects for this year, but there are still notable bright spots in the market.

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Sales opportunities being lost in travel retail

Sales opportunities being lost in travel retail - PUBLISHED February 04, 2016

Times may have been tough for travel retail in recent months, but there are still many sales opportunities that are simply being lost—especially in …

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Brazilian industry players braced for lower growth in 2016

Brazilian industry players braced for lower growth in 2016 - PUBLISHED January 07, 2016

Last year was difficult for many emerging economies and the trend is set to continue for 2016. But of the BRICs, it looks like Brazil is up against th…

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A busy year for beauty in 2015

A busy year for beauty in 2015 - PUBLISHED December 17, 2015

The year 2015 has been a busy one in beauty, marked by a string of events likely to have a lasting impact on the market.

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A mixed outlook for the holiday season

A mixed outlook for the holiday season - PUBLISHED December 03, 2015

When talking about how the end of the year will pan out, many industry players continue to be nervous about the slowdown in China and have reservation…

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Rise of connected stores in beauty

Rise of connected stores in beauty - PUBLISHED November 19, 2015

There has been much talk for some time about the connected store—a boutique that incorporates the latest technology and integrates online sales.

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Coty continues making acquisitions

Coty continues making acquisitions - PUBLISHED November 05, 2015

Just over three months after Coty said it would buy 43 of P&G’s beauty brands, the group announced this week that it would purchase the beauty divis…

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Rethinking the fragrance business

Rethinking the fragrance business - PUBLISHED October 29, 2015

The fragrance market could be doing better.

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Beauty market ups and downs in 2015

Beauty market ups and downs in 2015 - PUBLISHED October 22, 2015

The market may have started out on a positive note this year, but it is still anybody’s guess how 2015 will end.

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Brands embrance digital and e-commerce

Brands embrance digital and e-commerce - PUBLISHED October 08, 2015

Most of the main market players are now going out of their way to show their digital prowess and how important e-commerce, and digital in general, is …

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Beauty-box model proving popular

Beauty-box model proving popular - PUBLISHED September 24, 2015

When beauty subscription boxes hit the market about five years ago many questioned whether brands would embrace them, whether consumers would like the…

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Busy first half for M&A in beauty

Busy first half for M&A in beauty - PUBLISHED September 10, 2015

It’s been a busy first half for M&A in beauty, with the acquisitions of fragrance brands L’Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon’s by Puig, Dufry’s…

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Innovation in travel retail

Innovation in travel retail - PUBLISHED August 27, 2015

Travel retail has been singled out as one of the most innovative distribution channels for beauty for some time,

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Unilever continues with prestige acquisitions in beauty

Unilever continues with prestige acquisitions in beauty - PUBLISHED July 09, 2015

Unilever’s strategy to get back into prestige beauty seems to be taking shape.

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Coty's big P&G deal

Coty's big P&G deal - PUBLISHED June 25, 2015

The big news over the past week has been reports that Coty is to take over P&G’s beauty business.

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Mixed reactions to Douglas deal

Mixed reactions to Douglas deal - PUBLISHED June 11, 2015

The fate of German perfumery retailer Douglas has been sealed—for the next few years at least.

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Small-scale acquisitions trend set to continue

Small-scale acquisitions trend set to continue - PUBLISHED May 28, 2015

The trend towards small-scale acquisitions, which began in force at the end of last year, is set to continue.

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Retail consolidation is hot topic in 2015

Retail consolidation is hot topic in 2015 - PUBLISHED May 14, 2015

Retail consolidation looks set to be a major issue in the market this year.

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Continued rumors about which brands P&G will divest

Continued rumors about which brands P&G will divest - PUBLISHED April 30, 2015

Rumors continue to circulate about which brands P&G will divest and about who will buy them.

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Brand and retail M&A continues

Brand and retail M&A continues - PUBLISHED April 16, 2015

The retail environment is increasingly consolidated, while among brands M&A is likely to continue

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More consolidation in travel retail

More consolidation in travel retail - PUBLISHED April 02, 2015

These are changing times for travel retail, with what was once a fragmented marketplace rapidly consolidating.

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Bright spots in the beauty market

Bright spots in the beauty market - PUBLISHED March 19, 2015

Despite what looks like another gloomy start to the year, there are quite a few bright spots in the market.

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Continued rise in number of new fragrance launches

Continued rise in number of new fragrance launches - PUBLISHED March 05, 2015

While most bemoan the number of launches in fragrance, the newness factor is unlikely to go away.

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Consumers are still willing to spend

Consumers are still willing to spend - PUBLISHED February 19, 2015

Despite the gloomy economic climate, consumers are still willing to spend, and spend a lot on beauty.

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Strong M&A flavor at the start of 2015

Strong M&A flavor at the start of 2015 - PUBLISHED February 05, 2015

There’s been a strong M&A flavor to the beginning of 2015.

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Talk about Tmall

Talk about Tmall - PUBLISHED January 22, 2015

How things change. Just a few years ago, China-based Alibaba’s online shopping website Tmall was viewed with some suspicion by prestige beauty brand…

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More of the same for beauty in 2015?

More of the same for beauty in 2015? - PUBLISHED January 08, 2015

It may be the beginning of a new year, but the beauty industry is likely to be in for more of the same in 2015.

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Vending machines tap into market for quick and easy beauty buys

Vending machines tap into market for quick and easy beauty buys - PUBLISHED December 18, 2014

Despite the trend for elaborate services and in-store customer consultations, there is a definite market for quick and easy beauty buys.

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Retailers widen their own-brand offer

Retailers widen their own-brand offer - PUBLISHED December 04, 2014

Just as more beauty brands are opening standalone stores, retailers are taking more interest in widening their own-brand offer.

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A cautious market outlook in 2014

A cautious market outlook in 2014 - PUBLISHED November 20, 2014

Industry executives are talking about the market in more cautionary terms than at the beginning of the year.

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BW Confidential celebrates its fifth anniversary

BW Confidential celebrates its fifth anniversary - PUBLISHED November 06, 2014

This fall BW Confidential celebrates its fifth anniversary.

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What the beauty industry could be like in 10-15 years

What the beauty industry could be like in 10-15 years - PUBLISHED October 30, 2014

We paint a picture of what the beauty industry could look like in the next 10 to 15 years.

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A look at some of the industry's changes

A look at some of the industry's changes - PUBLISHED October 23, 2014

Consolidation in distribution is changing the face of the industry, both in the domestic market and in travel retail

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The impact of the industry's recent management changes

The impact of the industry's recent management changes - PUBLISHED October 09, 2014

There’s been a string of management changes at beauty companies and retailers in the past few weeks.

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Retailers look to beauty trucks

Retailers look to beauty trucks - PUBLISHED September 25, 2014

If consumers won’t go to stores, the stores are going to have to go to consumers.

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A tough first half in 2014

A tough first half in 2014 - PUBLISHED September 11, 2014

The first part of 2014 has turned out to be challenging for many beauty companies.

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A mixed first half in 2014

A mixed first half in 2014 - PUBLISHED August 28, 2014

The first half of 2014 has proved challenging for many beauty companies.

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Amazon, mobile shopping and beauty

Amazon, mobile shopping and beauty - PUBLISHED July 10, 2014

Mobile shopping strategies are likely to get a little more serious now that Amazon has launched its own smartphone

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Social media changing the beauty game

Social media changing the beauty game - PUBLISHED June 26, 2014

Social media is changing the industry, from acquisitions to indie brand success

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Big buy shakes up travel retail

Big buy shakes up travel retail - PUBLISHED June 12, 2014

Dufry's acquisition of The Nuance Group may shift power in travel retail, but for some, it's business as usual

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Activity abounds in Latin America's pharmacy channel

Activity abounds in Latin America's pharmacy channel - PUBLISHED May 29, 2014

Despite concerns about business in Latin America, the pharmacy channel is buzzing with M&A and retail upgrade activity

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Keeping a closer eye on China

Keeping a closer eye on China - PUBLISHED May 15, 2014

While companies are asking more questions about the profitability of their business in China, they may still need to keep an eye on Chinese companies …

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Big deals in the works

Big deals in the works - PUBLISHED May 01, 2014

More big acquisitions could be on their way, with Korean group LG possibly bidding on Elizabeth Arden

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Keeping an eye on China

Keeping an eye on China - PUBLISHED April 17, 2014

Chinese companies, active on the acquisitions front, are keeping the industry on its toes in China and abroad

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Digital strategies need to improve

Digital strategies need to improve - PUBLISHED April 03, 2014

Beauty companies are doing more when it comes to digital, but many say it's still not enough

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Retailers should return to basics

Retailers should return to basics - PUBLISHED March 20, 2014

Retailers talk about the need for an omni-channel strategy but maybe they should look to add value to the category first

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A better Europe for 2014?

A better Europe for 2014? - PUBLISHED February 20, 2014

Business may not have been great over Christmas in much of Europe, but industry players predict things may get easier

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The impact of more fragrance launches

The impact of more fragrance launches - PUBLISHED February 06, 2014

The number of fragrance launches continues to escalate, but more fragrance choice isn't necessarily what consumers want

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Emerging markets of the future

Emerging markets of the future - PUBLISHED January 23, 2014

China and BRIC countries have lost some of their sparkle, but most growth will likely still come from emerging markets

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Caution for China in 2014

Caution for China in 2014 - PUBLISHED January 09, 2014

The year 2014 has begun with analysts expressing more caution over China, with a slowdown in business that may put a damper on enthusiasm for building…

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It was the year that...

It was the year that... - PUBLISHED December 19, 2013

It was another challenging, yet interesting year for beauty. The year 2013 saw a rash of acquisitions, with L’Oréal standing out as a major player …

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Retailers focus on service

Retailers focus on service - PUBLISHED December 05, 2013

There has been a string of store revamps in beauty of late, many of which put a renewed focus on service

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The Pricing game

The Pricing game - PUBLISHED November 21, 2013

With perfumeries increasingly competing for spend, analysts foresee a price-focused, promotion-filled Christmas season

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Taking a local approach to Brazil

Taking a local approach to Brazil - PUBLISHED November 07, 2013

In the face of Brazil's market challenges, industry players are taking a local approach

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Change abounds in the beauty market

Change abounds in the beauty market - PUBLISHED October 24, 2013

The market and sales may be slow, but things are anything but quiet in the beauty industry

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On the hunt for acquisition deals

On the hunt for acquisition deals - PUBLISHED October 10, 2013

Beauty groups are looking to make acquisitions but they're not all that easy to find

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More retail M&A

More retail M&A - PUBLISHED September 26, 2013

Retail M&A continues apace. This month news hit that US-based

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A flurry of activity on the retail front

A flurry of activity on the retail front - PUBLISHED September 12, 2013

It was anything but quiet over the summer months in the beauty business, especially where M&A is concerned

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New Chinese acquisition for L'Oréal

New Chinese acquisition for L'Oréal - PUBLISHED August 29, 2013

Western groups’ interest in Chinese brands continues to grow, as evidenced by French group L'Oréal's continued acquisition of Chinese brands. But a…

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Looking forward in fragrance

Looking forward in fragrance - PUBLISHED July 11, 2013

While industry players continue to churn out new scents, they also seem nervous about the prospects for their new launches

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The web's impact on retail

The web's impact on retail - PUBLISHED June 27, 2013

There has been much discussion about the web's impact on brick-and-mortar stores. Some worry about losing sales while others hope it will act as a com…

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P&G puts new focus on growth

P&G puts new focus on growth - PUBLISHED June 13, 2013

All eyes are on P&G in the wake of the return of AG .Lafley to the role of ceo and the implementation of a new structure at the company

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Buying growth

Buying growth - PUBLISHED May 30, 2013

Emerging-market M&A seems to be heating up. Coty, which is looking to ramp up its emerging-market presence, has just inked two deals to boost its busi…

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Not so booming Brazil?

Not so booming Brazil? - PUBLISHED May 02, 2013

While beauty companies now seem more confident than a year ago about growth in China

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If you can’t beat ‘em…

If you can’t beat ‘em… - PUBLISHED April 18, 2013

Beauty companies are doing more to adapt to conditions in emerging markets. Their efforts are not

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Prestige payoff

Prestige payoff - PUBLISHED April 04, 2013

The industry can be thankful for the luxury consumer. Figures show that the prestige segment outpaced mass in many major markets in 2012

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Standalone store strategies

Standalone store strategies - PUBLISHED March 21, 2013

L'Oréal and acquisitions

L'Oréal and acquisitions - PUBLISHED February 21, 2013

L’Oréal ceo Jean Paul Agon’s comments that the group was open to “more important acquisitions” at its annual results conference

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The market's ups & downs

The market's ups & downs - PUBLISHED February 07, 2013

Despite difficult holiday sales in some major markets, especially in Europe, the cosmetics and fragrance category seems to be holding

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The allure of beauty

The allure of beauty - PUBLISHED January 24, 2013

Beauty continues to be an attractive category for investors. Hong Kong-based consumer-goods sourcing and distribution group Li & Fung

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Retail and emerging markets

Retail and emerging markets - PUBLISHED January 10, 2013

Overall lackluster holiday sales in places like the US have led analysts once again to wonder whether there are simply too many stores

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Morosity and M&A

Morosity and M&A - PUBLISHED December 20, 2012

Despite the morose economic climate and fears that this year’s holiday sales will be worse than in 2011, especially in Europe, there has been a good…

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Buying into color

Buying into color - PUBLISHED December 06, 2012

Although skincare may be a major focus at L’Oréal, the make-up category has not been forgotten

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Going after Africa

Going after Africa - PUBLISHED November 22, 2012

Some of the big players have again begun talking up the African market’s potential over the past week.

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A bearish second half for 2012

A bearish second half for 2012 - PUBLISHED November 08, 2012

The year 2012 may have got off to a good start, but industry players are finding more to worry about in the second half and are less than bullish

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Looking to the BRICs

Looking to the BRICs - PUBLISHED October 25, 2012

The slowdown in Europe is seeing brands turn even greater attention to BRIC consumers, at home and abroad

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On the pulse in China

On the pulse in China - PUBLISHED October 11, 2012

Despite a slight slowdown in the beauty business in China, industry players continue to show their enthusiasm over the market.

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Signs of retail renewal

Signs of retail renewal - PUBLISHED September 27, 2012

New store formats seem to be the trend of the moment. In the UK, department store Harvey Nichols

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A difficult second half ahead for beauty?

A difficult second half ahead for beauty? - PUBLISHED September 13, 2012

A slowdown in recent months may mean that executives hoping for an uptick mid-year could be disappointed

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Good signs for the market in bad times?

Good signs for the market in bad times? - PUBLISHED August 30, 2012

The market has seen a slight slowdown in the second quarter and in the early summer months

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Uncertainty for Europe

Uncertainty for Europe - PUBLISHED July 12, 2012

It would be an understatement to say that beauty brands are worried about the market in Europe and what the end of the year will bring there. But in a…

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Boots Walgreens deal may mean more M&A

Boots Walgreens deal may mean more M&A - PUBLISHED June 28, 2012

Last week’s news that US-based drugstore group Walgreens would spend $6.7bn to acquire a 45% stake in the UK’s Alliance Boots

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Urban Decay's social skills

Urban Decay's social skills - PUBLISHED June 14, 2012

The power of social media and the extent to which brands now have to take their consumers’ opinion into account was hammered home last week by make-…

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A slower pace for emerging markets?

A slower pace for emerging markets? - PUBLISHED May 31, 2012

It’s obvious why more companies are putting more emphasis on emerging markets, especially given the tough economic climate

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The quest for emerging growth

The quest for emerging growth - PUBLISHED May 17, 2012

Beauty companies are looking more to emerging markets for growth, but doing business in these countries is becoming more difficult and expensive

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Caution in China?

Caution in China? - PUBLISHED May 03, 2012

Despite worries about overall slower economic growth, data coming from China continues to cause excitement.

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A good start to 2012?

A good start to 2012? - PUBLISHED April 19, 2012

In January, brands were looking to 2012 with much caution. However, so far, this year seems to be shaping up not too badly if sales figures of some of…

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What Avon would mean for Coty

What Avon would mean for Coty - PUBLISHED April 05, 2012

Coty has often shown its appetite for acquisitions. In 2010, the group spent $1bn on skincare brand Philosophy,

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Predictions for beauty vary for 2012

Predictions for beauty vary for 2012 - PUBLISHED March 22, 2012

Industry opinion is mixed about beauty's prospects in 2012

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Standing out in skincare

Standing out in skincare - PUBLISHED March 08, 2012

A skincare executive recently told BW Confidential that as most of today’s product formulas are of a high standard and are more or less the same fro…

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L'Oréal and the Asia effect

L'Oréal and the Asia effect - PUBLISHED February 23, 2012

It’s usual for the majors to single out high growth rates in emerging markets, and at its recent analysts’ meeting L’Oréal, like its peers,

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Retail rollercoaster

Retail rollercoaster - PUBLISHED February 09, 2012

There’s a lot of change going on at some of the major retail players

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Talk over Africa

Talk over Africa - PUBLISHED January 26, 2012

It may be the Chinese New Year, and growth in China still does much to excite beauty executives, but in recent months

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What's in store  for 2012?

What's in store for 2012? - PUBLISHED January 12, 2012

Politicians may have begun the year with gloomy predictions for the economy in 2012, especially in Europe,

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2011: a year to remember?

2011: a year to remember? - PUBLISHED December 22, 2011

It was the year that was difficult to figure out. Despite alarming reports about

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China & new deals

China & new deals - PUBLISHED December 08, 2011

More companies are looking at more ways to build business in China.

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Retail lessons from emerging markets

Retail lessons from emerging markets - PUBLISHED November 24, 2011

The market tends to get excited when there’s any sign of Western retailers making a foray into emerging markets.

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Mining the market's high and low end

Mining the market's high and low end - PUBLISHED November 10, 2011

Talk has surfaced once again about the growing divide between high-end luxury products and the middle-to-mass market.

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Emerging markets & mergers

Emerging markets & mergers - PUBLISHED October 27, 2011

An industry forecaster looking to predict the trends of the beauty market over the next year or two

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Beauty forecasts

Beauty forecasts - PUBLISHED October 13, 2011

Opinions are still divided about the impact of the deteriorating economic situation will have on beauty, especially in Europe.

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Caution ahead

Caution ahead - PUBLISHED September 29, 2011

Emerging markets continue to see growth but industry watchers are wondering if companies should add some caution to their strategies

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Brand control & the internet

Brand control & the internet - PUBLISHED September 15, 2011

Despite many beauty companies now saying that digital has become a cornerstone of their marketing strategies, it seems the old fear

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Beauty & stormy weather

Beauty & stormy weather - PUBLISHED September 01, 2011

So much for the quiet summer period. August turned out to be stormy in every sense of the word.

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A boost for beauty

A boost for beauty - PUBLISHED July 14, 2011

It’s been a busy few weeks in beauty. There has been a spate of small buys from Designer Parfums’ acquisition of the Jean Patou business and TPR H…

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Shifts in retail

Shifts in retail - PUBLISHED June 30, 2011

From flash sale sites to Facebook, new ways of buying beauty are changing the face of retail, particularly in the US

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A is for...retail

A is for...retail - PUBLISHED June 16, 2011

Ask any analyst about a retailer that is doing a good job and they’re sure to mention Apple

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Emerging retail

Emerging retail - PUBLISHED June 02, 2011

While the BRIC countries continue to generate a lot of excitement

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Do more channels equal more consumers?

Do more channels equal more consumers? - PUBLISHED May 19, 2011

Are beauty groups' multi-channel retail strategies attracting new consumers or just transferring them from one channel to another?

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A trio of market trends

A trio of market trends - PUBLISHED May 05, 2011

Recent trading statements from some of the big manufacturers reveal three main trends: a tough business in

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Adding youth appeal

Adding youth appeal - PUBLISHED April 21, 2011

You wouldn’t think that today’s retail buyers could have a hard time finding new brands. But listening to conversations from executives on the dis…

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More bricks and clicks

More bricks and clicks - PUBLISHED April 07, 2011

Last month saw more evidence of brick-and-mortar retailers taking greater interest in online sales, with US drugstore chain Walgreens’ acquisition o…

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Beauty off to a strong start

Beauty off to a strong start - PUBLISHED March 24, 2011

Beauty has made a good start to the year but it may be early for the industry to get too excited just yet

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More M&A to come

More M&A to come - PUBLISHED March 10, 2011

Just a few days ago LVMH said it would acquire control of Italian luxury-goods company Bulgari—this just a few months after the French

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The consumer web

The consumer web - PUBLISHED February 24, 2011

Once upon a time e-commerce meant selling through a branded site or on a retail partner’s site. But it’s now becoming increasingly difficult to ta…

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Data paints a pretty picture

Data paints a pretty picture - PUBLISHED February 10, 2011

Recent data on beauty paints a relatively positive picture of the market.

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Retail BRICs

Retail BRICs - PUBLISHED January 27, 2011

The BRIC markets don’t seem to hold as much fascination for German perfumery chain Douglas as they do for LVMH-owned Sephora.

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New year, new caution?

New year, new caution? - PUBLISHED January 13, 2011

Overall, the holiday season may have turned out to be better than expected for beauty. Retailers reported improved levels of traffic and average ticke…

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M&A - 'tis the season

M&A - 'tis the season - PUBLISHED December 23, 2010

The year 2010 is ending on a note of M&A—in the fourth quarter alone there have been at least seven major acquisitions in beauty. There were also ru…

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Changes in China

Changes in China - PUBLISHED December 09, 2010

At the height financial crisis most beauty companies more than willingly talked up their growth and expansion in China, and were happy to shine the li…

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Small scent syndrome

Small scent syndrome - PUBLISHED November 25, 2010

Brands and retailers don’t usually like small product sizes for obvious reasons, but the problem is that consumers do. And increasingly so.

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Playing up prestige

Playing up prestige - PUBLISHED November 11, 2010

There seems to be a lot more optimism around the prestige category, just in time for the upcoming holiday season.

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M&A and market shifts

M&A and market shifts - PUBLISHED October 14, 2010

After a relatively calm period when the big groups were conserving their cash and playing it safe, the market now seems set for a new wave of M&A.

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Positively charged

Positively charged - PUBLISHED October 01, 2010

It’s been hard to escape the negativity surrounding this industry, but while business has been tough, it’s not been all bad

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Service & the internet

Service & the internet - PUBLISHED September 30, 2010

Back in the old days of the internet—about 10 years
ago—discussion about buying and selling online
usually very quickly came around to the issue…

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Changing retail channels

Changing retail channels - PUBLISHED September 02, 2010

If the industry needed any more proof that retail models are changing and consumers are buying differently, it only needs to look at the launch of the…

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Uncertain certainty

Uncertain certainty - PUBLISHED September 01, 2010

There are perhaps no two issues about which the industry is more uncertain than the luxury sector and the US market

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Emerging men

Emerging men - PUBLISHED July 22, 2010

Are men back on the radar? For years the beauty industry has talked about the growth potential of men’s skincare and cosmetics. Most of the major pr…

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Brands social networking skills

Brands social networking skills - PUBLISHED July 08, 2010

Negative comments and criticism have been one of the beauty’s industry’s main fears when it comes to social networks. Although statistics show tha…

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Retail changes and the internet

Retail changes and the internet - PUBLISHED June 24, 2010

A lot of questions are being asked about how the internet will change retailing. There is little data about how much of a brand’s sales have made th…

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Europe on shaky ground

Europe on shaky ground - PUBLISHED June 10, 2010

What’s the outlook for Europe? At the beginning of the year the industry was looking forward to a better 2010 on the continent—Christmas sales wer…

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Bulls and China

Bulls and China - PUBLISHED May 27, 2010

It’s no surprise that the Tax Free Asia Pacific show, which took place in Singapore in May, went off so well

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Focus on China

Focus on China - PUBLISHED May 01, 2010

With major growth set to come from China, companies are scrambling to refocus their portfolios and investments on the region, despite its challenges

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Back to growth?

Back to growth? - PUBLISHED April 29, 2010

Confidence seems to be returning to the market. Analysts got excited about March retail sales in the US, which were peppered with double-digit growth …

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Emerging deals

Emerging deals - PUBLISHED April 01, 2010

Another beauty company changed hands in the past week: Avon took over UK skincare brand Liz Earle. While there has been l

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Welcome to BW Confidential

Welcome to BW Confidential - PUBLISHED April 01, 2010

A message from the editor on the launch of BW Confidential's print magazine

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No so private label

No so private label - PUBLISHED March 18, 2010

Should beauty brands begin to worry more about private label? Most of the big players do not see the category as too much of a threat. Even a year of …

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Trading right

Trading right - PUBLISHED March 04, 2010

The recession brought up many questions about the pricing of beauty products.

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Smart growth

Smart growth - PUBLISHED February 18, 2010

A new business book called Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth by Ed Hess would be welcome reading for many be…

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Beauty's green shoots

Beauty's green shoots - PUBLISHED February 04, 2010

Beauty brands are beginning to spend again. Both Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) and P&G said last week that they would increase investments in marketin…

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In with the new

In with the new - PUBLISHED January 21, 2010

Most beauty executives were glad to say goodbye to 2009 and are looking forward to a better 2010. At BW Confidential, we are particularly enthusiastic…

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The holidays' best buys

The holidays' best buys - PUBLISHED December 17, 2009

It’s showtime. In these crucial few weeks before Christmas the question on everyone’s lips, perhaps more than in previous years, is whether consum…

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Mixed messages

Mixed messages - PUBLISHED December 03, 2009

It’s no surprise that new technology is forcing a change in brands’ media marketing mix. But what is a little more subtle is how the message and n…

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More consolidation to come...

More consolidation to come... - PUBLISHED November 05, 2009

The US may be technically coming out of a recession and the stock market may have seen important gains in recent weeks, but beauty executives are unea…

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Getting back to basics

Getting back to basics - PUBLISHED October 22, 2009

Getting back to basics has become a familiar refrain when discussing strategies to beat the recession. someone to sell it.

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Shoppers vs consumers

Shoppers vs consumers - PUBLISHED October 08, 2009

Most brands claim to know their consumer. They have study upon study detailing their consumer’s socio-economic status, income, age group, habits, li…

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Good intentions

Good intentions

All those good intentions expressed at the height of the recession about limiting product launches, abandoning flankers and focusing on core lines see…

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