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More M&A to come

Just a few days ago LVMH said it would acquire control of Italian luxury-goods company Bulgari—this just...
March 8, 2011

The consumer web

Once upon a time e-commerce meant selling through a branded site or on a retail partner’s site....
February 23, 2011

Data paints a pretty picture

Recent data on beauty paints a relatively positive picture of the market. The NPD Group reported that...
February 8, 2011

Retail BRICs

The BRIC markets don’t seem to hold as much fascination for German perfumery chain Douglas as they...
January 25, 2011

New year, new caution?

Overall, the holiday season may have turned out to be better than expected for beauty. Retailers reported...
January 11, 2011

M&A – ’tis the season

The year 2010 is ending on a note of M&A—in the fourth quarter alone there have been...
December 18, 2010

Small scent syndrome

Brands and retailers don’t usually like small product sizes for obvious reasons, but the problem is that...
November 23, 2010

Playing up prestige

There seems to be a lot more optimism around the prestige category, just in time for the...
November 9, 2010

M&A and market shifts

After a relatively calm period when the big groups were conserving their cash and playing it safe,...
October 13, 2010

Service & the internet

Back in the old days of the internet—about 10 years ago—discussion about buying and selling online usually...
September 29, 2010

Changing retail channels

If the industry needed any more proof that retail models are changing and consumers are buying differently,...
August 31, 2010

Emerging men

Are men back on the radar? For years the beauty industry has talked about the growth potential...
July 20, 2010

Brands social networking skills

Negative comments and criticism have been one of the beauty’s industry’s main fears when it comes to...
July 6, 2010

Retail changes and the internet

A lot of questions are being asked about how the internet will change retailing. There is little...
June 23, 2010

Europe on shaky ground

What’s the outlook for Europe? At the beginning of the year the industry was looking forward to...
June 9, 2010

Bulls and China

It’s no surprise that the Tax Free Asia Pacific show, which took place in Singapore in May,...
May 26, 2010

Back to growth?

Confidence seems to be returning to the market. Analysts got excited about March retail sales in the...
April 28, 2010

Emerging deals

Another beauty company changed hands in the past week: Avon took over UK skincare brand Liz Earle....
March 31, 2010

No so private label

Should beauty brands begin to worry more about private label? Most of the big players do not...
March 16, 2010

Trading right

The recession brought up many questions about the pricing of beauty products. Some thought it would bring...
March 3, 2010

Smart growth

A new business book called Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth...
February 17, 2010

Beauty’s green shoots

Beauty brands are beginning to spend again. Both Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) and P&G said last week...
February 3, 2010

In with the new

Most beauty executives were glad to say goodbye to 2009 and are looking forward to a better...
January 20, 2010

The holidays’ best buys

It’s showtime. In these crucial few weeks before Christmas the question on everyone’s lips, perhaps more than...
December 16, 2009

Mixed messages

It’s no surprise that new technology is forcing a change in brands’ media marketing mix. But what...
December 2, 2009

Good intentions

Published November 19, 2009 All those good intentions expressed at the height of the recession about limiting...
November 17, 2009

More consolidation to come…

The US may be technically coming out of a recession and the stock market may have seen...
November 3, 2009

Getting back to basics

Getting back to basics has become a familiar refrain when discussing strategies to beat the recession. Recent...
October 17, 2009

Shoppers vs consumers

Most brands claim to know their consumer. They have study upon study detailing their consumer’s socio-economic status,...
October 7, 2009

Changes in China

At the height financial crisis most beauty companies more than willingly talked up their growth and expansion...
September 9, 2009
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