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Shifts in retail

If there’s one market where retail shifts in beauty are palpable, it is perhaps the US. This...
December 5, 2013

Caution ahead

Thank goodness for the duty-free sector, Chinese travelers and emerging markets. Company bosses continue to talk up...
December 4, 2013

Retailers focus on service

There has been a string of store revamps in beauty of late, from the renovation of the...
December 3, 2013

The Pricing game

There may be worries about deflation in certain European markets, but perfumery retailers continue to complain that...
November 19, 2013

The quest for emerging growth

It’s no secret that beauty companies are looking more to emerging markets for growth. But while talking...
October 31, 2013

Looking to the BRICs

Ongoing economic woes in regions like Europe continue to see brands turn even greater attention to BRIC...
October 29, 2013

More retail M&A

Retail M&A continues apace. This month news hit that US-based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus would be sold...
September 25, 2013

New Chinese acquisition for L’Oréal

Western groups’ interest in Chinese brands continues to grow. French group L’Oréal recently announced that it would...
August 27, 2013

Looking forward in fragrance

It’s that time of year when a batch of new fragrances is presented to the press in...
July 10, 2013

The web’s impact on retail

There has been much discussion about the impact of the web on brick-and-mortar stores. While some have...
June 26, 2013

Buying growth

Emerging-market M&A seems to be heating up. Coty, which is looking to ramp up its emerging-market presence,...
May 28, 2013

Not so booming Brazil?

Not so booming Brazil? While beauty companies now seem more confident than a year ago about growth...
April 30, 2013

If you can’t beat ‘em…

Beauty companies are doing more to adapt to conditions in emerging markets. Their efforts are not just...
April 17, 2013

Prestige payoff

The industry can be thankful for the luxury consumer. Figures show that the prestige segment outpaced mass...
April 3, 2013

Standalone store strategies

Standalone store strategies Estée Lauder owned make-up brand MAC launched its Paris flagship store with much fanfare...
March 20, 2013

L’Oréal and acquisitions

L’Oréal ceo Jean Paul Agon’s comments that the group was open to “more important acquisitions” at its...
February 20, 2013

The market’s ups & downs

Despite difficult holiday sales in some major markets, especially in Europe, the cosmetics and fragrance category seems...
February 6, 2013

The allure of beauty

Beauty continues to be an attractive category for investors. Hong Kong-based consumer-goods sourcing and distribution group Li...
January 23, 2013

Retail and emerging markets

Overall lackluster holiday sales in places like the US have led analysts once again to wonder whether...
January 9, 2013

Morosity and M&A

Despite the morose economic climate and fears that this year’s holiday sales will be worse than in...
December 19, 2012

Buying into color

Although skincare may be a major focus at L’Oréal, the make-up category has not been forgotten. The...
December 5, 2012

Going after Africa

Some of the big players have again begun talking up the African market’s potential over the past...
November 21, 2012