Inter Parfums Net Slips 1 Percent in Half
PARIS — Inter Parfums SA, the Paris-based subsidiary of Inter Parfums Inc., reported net profits down 1 percent to 8.2 million euros, or $10.5 million at average exchange, for first-half 2005 versus the prior-year period.

Operating profits also dipped 1 percent to 12.9 million euros, or $16.5 million, while operating margin came in at 14.1 percent of sales.

As reported, Inter Parfums SA's sales in the half rose 31.8 percent to 91.2 million euros, or $116.9 million. At constant exchange rates, they spiked 35.1 percent.

According to the company, despite a 146 percent hike in fees and a 81 percent increase in advertising and marketing expenditures, operating margin is "ahead of budget and represents one of the industry's best performances."

"Overall, the results are good," said Philippe Benacin, president and chief executive officer of Inter Parfums SA, during a financial analyst conference held here Tuesday.

Among the company's star brands he cited for the half were Burberry, whose sales rose 13.5 percent to contribute 68 percent of Inter Parfums SA's total business, versus 79 percent in 2004; Paul Smith, whose beauty turnover rose 31 percent, and Lanvin, which is beating budget for the year.

During 2006, launches for Inter Parfums SA are to include a Lanvin women's scent, a Burberry women's and men's fragrance, a Nickel scent and an S.T. Dupont men's fragrance.

Inter Parfums' stock closed up 5.45 percent Tuesday on the Paris bourse at a unit price of 31.35 euros, or $38.44 at current exchange.
— Jennifer Weil

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The beauty catalogue will be distributed as a stand-alone book to Victoria's Secret loyal beauty customers but five million Victoria's Secret customers will receive it as an insert in the spring fashion catalogue, according to the company. The retailer has also revamped its Web site to reflect its expanded beauty offerings.

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