NEW YORK — Knowing that the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the peak time consumers sample bath and body products, specialty bath suppliers pulled no punches in presenting the best their portfolios had to offer. And though nationwide retail scan data is still weeks away from being tallied, preliminary sales results showed that bath and body suppliers fared well in their key retail accounts.

John Galantic, president of Coty Beauty, a leading seller of bath and body products, said he is "reasonably pleased" with the sales performance of the company’s two leading brands, The Healing Garden and Calgon. He said they were up against tough competition from the usual major influx of lower-priced Asian imports that can tend to lure consumers away from higher-priced national brands.

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