By and  on February 3, 2011

Elizabeth Arden Inc.’s second-quarter profits shot up 61.3 percent and the company raised its guidance for the year, but efforts by the Chinese government to improve safety controls have stymied growth in the country.

“The one weakness in terms of our international revenue growth was, for this quarter, our China business,” said E. Scott Beattie, chairman, president and chief executive officer, on a conference call with analysts. “We continue to experience new product registration challenges consistent with the rest of the industry and, as a result, we’re slowing our new store growth and focusing on growing sales and productivity of existing stores.”

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