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Puig Profits Rise 12% in 2012

The Spanish fragrance and fashion group’s net sales gained 11 percent in the period.

PARIS — Puig registered double-digit gains in both profits and sales last year.
 
The Barcelona-based fragrance and fashion group on Tuesday reported a 12 percent increase in net profits to 173 million euros, or $222.5 million.
 
The firm’s earnings before interest and taxes gained 21 percent to 254 million euros, or $326.6 million.
 
Company sales were 1.49 billion euros, or $1.91 billion, up 11 percent on-year, spurred by growth in international markets that generated 83 percent of the business, versus 64 percent five years ago.
 
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Puig said its share of the global selective perfumery market grew to 8.1 percent — allowing it to rank sixth worldwide — from 7.6 percent in 2011 and 5.1 percent in 2007.
 
Business at the firm’s fashion division advanced 23 percent last year, thanks to all of its brands — Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne and Jean Paul Gaultier.
 
Due to the slowdown in Europe, Puig forecasts more moderate growth in 2013. It also estimates that by year-end more than half of its sales will come from outside of Europe and the U.S., versus 45 percent last year.