PARIS — In the wake of “robust” third-quarter sales, L’Oréal reiterated it is on track to meet its full-year objectives — namely, earnings-per-share growth of more than 10 percent and a sales gain of 5 to 6 percent.
The French beauty giant announced Monday that its revenues for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 7.1 percent to 3.6 billion euros, or $4.3 billion at average exchange rates, year-on-year.
Currency fluctuations in the quarter impacted L’Oréal’s sales positively by 1.7 percent.
For the first nine months of this year, the company’s revenues rose 4.7 percent to 10.75 billion euros, or $13.75 billion. Largely due to L’Oréal’s acquisition of Skinceuticals, the net impact of changes in consolidation amounted to plus 0.3 percent.
“As we expected, our rate of sales growth has continued to improve,” stated Lindsay Owen-Jones, L’Oréal’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Western Europe is gradually moving forward again. Strong growth continues in North America and the other regions of the world. The strengthening of the main currencies against the euro has led to a clearly positive exchange rate impact in the third quarter, for the first time in several years. In view of all these factors, we can confirm our sales and earnings targets for the full year 2005.”
Meanwhile, L’Oréal-owned Lancôme International has appointed Eric Stievenard international merchandising and purchasing director, succeeding Alexandra Kurssenbrock, who left the firm.
Stievenard joins Lancôme from Coty Inc.’s Lancaster Group Worldwide, where he was vice president of international merchandising. Before that, Stievenard was the international merchandising director at Parfums Christian Dior, where he worked for 10 years. His career began at the Estée Lauder Cos. in 1988. — With contributions from Ellen Groves
St. Tropez Denies Sale Report
LONDON — A spokeswoman for St. Tropez in the U.S. said there was “no truth” to a press report here that the Santa Clarita, California-based self-tanning brand is up for sale for more than 60 million pounds, or $106 million at current exchange.
The LDC private equity division of Lloyds TSB and Phoenix Equity Partners are said to be bidding for St. Tropez. A spokesman for LDC said he could neither confirm nor deny the information, while a spokeswoman for Phoenix declined comment.A U.K.-based spokeswoman for St. Tropez wouldn’t comment on the rumor, saying only: “The business is set for a fantastic future with geographic expansion on both mainland Europe, and the U.S. progressing nicely. We are always keen to understand and evaluate the opportunities for the brand and are 100 percent committed to St. Tropez becoming a truly global brand.” — Brid Costello, with contributions from Matthew W. Evans, New YorkNPD Taps Global Beauty President
PARIS — Tracking firm NPD Group has appointed Claude Charbit president of its global beauty business, a newly created position.
Charbit had been an adviser to NPD since July 2003 and led the company’s negotiations with Taylor Nelson Sofres for the sale of TNS’s Italian subsidiary, TNS Infratest. This coincided with the separate decision made by TNS Secodip to exit the beauty tracking business in France.
Andy Tarshis, president of NPD Europe, stated that Charbit’s experience will be invaluable to the firm’s plans to continue growing “our beauty business, [and] leveraging our current position as market leader in France and Italy for continued growth in Europe and beyond.” — E.G
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.