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PARIS — France’s selective beauty sales dipped 1.5 percent in 2013 to 2.9 billion euros, or $3.85 billion at average exchange rates, according to the Fédération Française de la Parfumerie Sélective (FFPS).

The organization was citing figures from The NPD Group.

 

“In a context where consumption declined throughout the year, our market has resisted rather well,” said William G. Koeberlé, president of the FFPS.

Chains, which generated 76 percent of selective beauty sales in France, ended last year flat. Making 9 percent of the sector’s revenues, department stores’ prestige beauty sales rose 0.5 percent. And independent perfumeries’ revenues declined 9.8 percent on-year.

By category, makeup sales dipped 0.7 percent, with lip products and gift sets helping buoy the category. Skin care revenues declined 1.7 percent, with anti-age and moisturizing items registering the strongest business. Fragrance sales were also down 1.7 percent, in part due to a shift of consumer preference to smaller formats.

Koeberlé added that it’s key for the sector to improve the in-store experience for clients.