By  on October 27, 2009

TOKYO — Net profits at Kao Corp. plummeted 22.1 percent in the six months ended Sept. 30 to 25.24 billion yen, or $264.5 million.

Weak sales of the Japanese firm’s prestige cosmetics, coupled with a decrease in consumer demand in the chemicals industry, led to an 8.9 percent drop in the company’s net sales to 599.05 billion yen, or $6.28 billion.

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