The German cosmetics group Beiersdorf, maker of Nivea creams, said Tuesday, October 4th it would meet its 2008 targets despite a drop in third quarter net profit."We remain optimistic that we will meet our targets for 2008," chairman Thomas-B.
BMO Capital Markets downgraded clothing retailers Reitmans Ltd and Lululemon Athletica to "underperform" from "market perform," and said the companies' margins will be hit by their exposure to a weak Canadian dollar amid a slowdown in the economy.
China appears to be tightening supervision of foreign investments in the country amid a widening investigation of two senior commerce ministry officials, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Avon Products Inc AVP.N, the world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, posted a quarterly profit that missed Wall Street expectations due to a drop in North American sales, sending shares down nearly 22 percent.
French cosmetics group L'Oreal on Thursday cut its full-year sales forecast for the second time in three months, citing tougher trading conditions, and posted third-quarter sales that came below forecasts.
Under Armour Inc posted a higher-than-expected third-quarter profit on Tuesday, helped by strong sales, but the athletic apparel maker lowered its full-year outlook, citing the current economic environment. Net income rose to $25.
Namibia sold more than seven tonnes of ivory for 1.1 million dollars Tuesday, October 28th in the first legal auction of elephant tusks in nearly a decade -- exclusively for Chinese and Japanese buyers.
Italian eyewear maker Luxottica cut its earnings-per-share forecast after its third-quarter net profit fell, and its chief executive said a clearer picture on the future would emerge in two to four months.