A look at the top five specialty beauty retailers by retail sales (excluding tax) globally and in the U.S.* Top 5 Global Speciality Beauty Stores 1. Sephora LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton2. Douglas Douglas GmbH, Parfümerie3. Bath & Body Works Limited Brands Inc.4. O Boticário Botica Comercial Farmacêutica Ltda5. Marionnaud Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Top 5 U.S. Specialty Beauty Stores 1. Bath & Body Works Limited Brands Inc.2. Ulta Ulta Salons, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.3. Sephora LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton 4. Sally Beauty Supply Sally Beauty Co. Inc. 5. Perfumania Perfumania Holdings Inc. *Source: Euromonitor International

Editor’s Note: Euromonitor defines beauty specialist retailers as chains or independent retail outlets with a primary focus on selling fragrances, cosmetics, toiletries and accessories.According to Kline & Co., while mass merchandisers continue as the leading channel of distribution for beauty products in 2010, drugstores and specialty stores have grown in share. Some of the fastest-growing purchase channels for beauty products are the alternate ones. While these outlets have a smaller dollar base than traditional channels, they’re the ones to keep an eye on for rapid growth.

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