NEW YORK —?Following a bearish March, a belated Easter injected enough buoyancy for the beleaguered prestige fragrance business to reclaim some lost ground, while color cosmetics and skin care continued to perform slightly better. The outlook for Mother’s Day, however, remains guarded.

According to retail sources, April generated enough traffic to push fragrance sales even with last year, or close to it, in many major department stores. This follows a stronger-than-expected Valentine’s Day. Color cosmetics and skin care are running 1 percent or more ahead, according to sources.

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