Italian retailer Gruppo Coin SpA's first-quarter results were flat as cost cuts offset weak sales, the company said on Wednesday 10 June. Net profit for the quarter ended April 30 was unchanged at 800,000 euros ($1.13 million).
L'Oreal sees the world cosmetics market flat or growing slightly this year and is forecasting the group's trading to improve in the quarters ahead, the French beauty products giant said on Thursday 4 June.
The desire to look one's best has been a human obsession since the dawn of time, and the seeds of today's cosmetics industry were sown in antiquity, an exhibition on the history of personal grooming shows.
L’Oréal, celebrating its centenary on Thurday 4 June, has risen to the top of the global cosmetics markets through acquisitions and innovations, but the economic crisis could weaken a well-oiled strategy.
The American consumer products group Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced on Thursday 28 May that it was expecting a profit per share between $3.65 and $3.80 for 2010, well below the expectations of the market, which had hoped for $3.93.
Dollar Tree Inc shares touched a new year-high after the retailer posted a higher quarterly profit and raised its forecast for the year, buoyed by shoppers who headed to its stores for rock-bottom prices.